More gov­ern­ment money for Clarenville Farm and Mar­ket

Fund­ing will help build per­ma­nent struc­ture for ven­dors

The Packet (Clarenville) - - Sports - BY JONATHAN PAR­SONS Jonathan.par­sons@thep­acket.ca Twit­ter: @je­j­par­sons

Af­ter one sea­son in busi­ness, the Farm and Mar­ket in Clarenville will be build­ing a per­ma­nent build­ing to re­place their tent, thanks to $334,000 from the fed­eral and pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments.

The Farm and Mar­ket is a so­cial en­ter­prise es­tab­lished with the Clarenville Inn on the Trans-Canada High­way. It fea­tures lo­cal ven­dors, farm­ers, and pre­pared food for the pub­lic—in ad­di­tion to cul­ti­vat­ing veg­eta­bles and plants on site. They also help em­ploy in­di­vid­u­als with dis­abil­i­ties through work with Abil­ity Em­ploy­ment Cor­po­ra­tion. Through­out the week­ends of last year, the mar­ket fea­tured en­ter­tain­ment and com­mu­nity at­mos­phere with ven­dors and pa­trons from all over eastern New­found­land.

At the fund­ing an­nounce­ment on Fri­day morn­ing, April 6, Bon­av­ista-Burin-Trin­ity MP Churence Rogers an­nounced $241,458 from the At­lantic Canada Op­por­tu­ni­ties Agency (ACOA). Terra Nova MHA Colin Hol­loway, there on be­half of min­is­ter Christo­pher Mitchel­more, also pledged $92,868 from the pro­vin­cial de­part­ment of Tourism, Cul­ture, In­dus­try and In­no­va­tion.

With the help of spon­sors, the non-profit Farm and Mar­ket con­trib­utes 10 per cent of the to­tal cost.

The fed­eral fund­ing is from ACOA’s In­no­va­tive Com­mu­ni­ties Fund, as part of the gov­ern­ment’s At­lantic Growth Strat­egy.

Al­though a boon for Clarenville it­self, the mar­ket is also hav­ing a pos­i­tive ef­fect on tourism and other ar­eas of the econ­omy on the whole re­gion, Rogers said in his ad­dress to the crowd.

He says the re­gion can ben­e­fit from more tourists com­ing to the com­mu­ni­ties, and re­tain­ing many of the vis­i­tors who may pass through the area.

“For me, as an MHA, I’m very proud,” said Hol­loway at the an­nounce­ment.

He added, with the im­por­tance of so­cial en­ter­prises in com­mu­ni­ties, the De­part­ment of Tourism, Cul­ture, In­dus­try and In­no­va­tion will be re­leas­ing a so­cial en­ter­prise ac­tion plan in the near fu­ture.

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Krista Reader-Chat­man says the per­ma­nent struc­ture will help the mar­ket op­er­ate longer, in harsher weather, grow more ven­dors, have more en­ter­tain­ment, and have a uni­sex wash­room fa­cil­ity on-site. They al­ready have seven new ven­dors and work­shops planned for this year.

“We’ll be able to go in and vend, no mat­ter what the weather is out­side,” said Chat­man at the an­nounce­ment.

The work is ex­pected to be com­pleted and ready for the 2018 sea­son.

PHO­TOS BY JONATHAN PAR­SONS

Krista Reader-Chat­man de­tails the up­grades to the Farm and Mar­ket.

Board mem­bers and gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives at the fund­ing an­nounce­ment in the Clarenville Inn on Fri­day. From left to right: Chair­man Keith Pardy, MHA Colin Hol­loway, Kathryn Small, MP Churence Rogers, Krista Read­erChat­man, Lori Hann and Bonita Critch.

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