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									       Sandy River Farmers Market
                               Farmington, ME
                                  By-Laws

Statement of Purpose:

The Sandy River Farmer’s Market (hereinafter “the Association”) was established
to provide local small growers and craftspeople with an outlet for the sale of
fresh-picked, quality produce and related agricultural products; to provide
consumers with top quality Maine products; to foster an appreciation for Maine’s
rural resources; and to develop sources of marketing, management and
agricultural information for its members.

The Association will operate a farmers’ market at such site(s) as selected by the
membership; establish market guidelines; set quality standards; promote the
market; and encourage growth of the local/regional food supply.

I. Membership
        A.    Members are expected to conform the Association’s statement of
              Purpose but are not required to participate in the Farmers’ Market.
        B.    Membership shall be for fiscal year January 1- December 31
              inclusively; membership fees will not be pro-rated for partial year
              membership.
        C.    Membership is open to all interested persons regardless of
              residence. Perspective members can be accepted at any meeting
              by a majority of the members present.
        D.    Applicants for membership must pay the annual membership fee.
              1.     Said fee will be set by the membership and reviewed
                     annually.
              2.     The membership fee covers all members of a household unit
                     or family.
                     a.      All household members may attend meeting and take
                             part in discussions.
                     b.      Voting is limited to one vote per membership.
              3.     Membership shall continue only upon payment of the current
                     fiscal year’s annual membership fee.
        E.    Participation in the farmers’ market(s) is limited to paid-up
              members.
II. Structure
        A.    The Association will be run by officers elected at the annual
              meeting in March.
        B.    Regular business and educational meetings will be held during the
              year, the number and time to be decided by the membership.
        C.    Special meetings may be called by the officers or any four
              members on seven days advance notice to all paid-up members.


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       D.      In procedural matters, Roberts’ Rules of Order will be the authority
               at all meetings.
III. Election of Officers
        A.     Election shall be by written ballot with each membership limited to
               one vote.
        B.     A simple majority of the present eligible voters is necessary to elect
               a candidate.
        C.     Officers shall include
               1.      Market Master/President – to preside at meetings,
                       establish agendas and implement decisions of the
                       membership.
               2.      Assistant Market Master/Vice-President - to preside at
                       meetings in the absence of the President, preside at the
                       market in the absence of the Market Master and undertake
                       such additional duties as the President or membership shall
                       direct.
               3.      Secretary- to take accurate minutes of all regular and
                       special meetings; maintain a legible minutes book; handle a
                       file with copies of all correspondence; maintain a list of
                       available stalls and eligible stallholders; and make reports at
                       all business meetings.
               4.      Treasurer- to keep the Associations financial accounts;
                       make reports at all business meetings; collect the annual
                       membership fee, stall fee and advertising fees, if any. The
                       treasurer may designate an Assistant Treasurer to help with
                       collections in the event of his/her absence.




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