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BIPOC Mentorship Program

Apply for our BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Mentorship Program

As part of our ongoing public pledge to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion and reduce barriers to entry as outlined in our 2021 Statement of Solidarity, we are pleased to announce our BIPOC Mentorship Program. The BIPOC Mentorship Program is a collaboration of the Proctor Farmers’ Market Board of Directors, Equity Committee, and consultant Wilton Waverly.

The program is funded with a grant from Pierce County’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and is open to qualifying farmers, processors, and prepared food makers looking to get their start at our farmers’ market.

Owners of the Collection Bakery at their Farmers Market booth

What You Receive With Our BIPOC Mentorship Program

  1. Opportunity for up to two (2) new vendors to join the Market on the following dates: Saturdays, March 30 – December 21, 2024 from 9am-2pm and Jan 11, Feb 8, Mar 8, 2025 (2nd Saturdays) from 10am-1pm.
  2. Waiver and/or reimbursement of these fixed costs for the above dates: $35.00 application fee, booth fees (commission fees will remain the responsibility of the new vendor), general liability insurance, Tacoma Pierce County Health Permit, and City of Tacoma Business License.
  3. Weekly use of Market equipment: 10X10’ canopy, one 6’ table, chairs, and canopy weights.
  4. Banner with your business name.
  5. One 10’ booth space
  6. Year-round opportunity to market your product(s) at an established location with consistent traffic and sales.
  7. Mentorship support which includes business and technical assistance, as well as operational guidance from Market manager and staff.
  8. Participation in our robust and consistent marketing and advertising program that provides all Proctor Farmers’ Market vendors with built-in promotion of their business, from the announcement of their new business and hyperlinked listing in our weekly Market newsletter (3,000+ subscribers) and website, to our social media postings that they can share on their business social media pages.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color).
  • Your business is within one year of participating in any farmers markets.
  • The BIPOC Mentorship Program is open to farmers, processors, and prepared food makers only. The Proctor Farmers’ Market is completely farm and food-focused and we do not accept applications from local artists, artisans, or crafters.

What we’re looking for

To apply for the BIPOC Mentorship Program, please complete the vendor application.