Fallout from board resignations hits Farmers Market

first_img When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays, March 16-Oct. 27.Where: Sixth and Esther Streets, downtown Vancouver.Next regular board meeting: 7 p.m., May 16, Hilton Vancouver Washington, 301 W. Sixth St.Website: www.vancouverfarmersmarket.comThe Vancouver Farmers Market is weathering a crisis of leadership.Directors of what may be Vancouver’s best-loved nonprofit corporation — a delightful downtown draw on weekends from spring through fall — drew more than a dozen bitter complaints from vendors at an April 25 meeting. Critics said market leadership is manipulative, unresponsive, lacks transparency and stumbles while following its own rules.“The board is extremely imbalanced and unfair because many seats have not been filled for months,” said Judy McManman, who operates Mini Doughnut Shoppe.“There are no officers listed on the website,” said Kelli Crocker of Nutz-R-Us. Crocker said she signed up to help with the market’s Food Committee last year but was never contacted, and “nothing happened.”That’s because the Food Committee was disbanded last summer. “It is a huge step backwards to not use the committees as they were intended,” Crocker said. “The board and the committees need to be whole.”“There is no line of authority,” said Velma Conte, another donut vendor, who said she spent nine years on the board. “This is too big an organization not to have elected officers.” Jordan Boldt, executive director of the Vancouver Farmers Marketlast_img

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