Taranaki Farmers Market Trust Charter Aims

In a nutshell, our market is built around the words "By Taranaki, for Taranaki".

Here's a summary of the key aspects of the Farmers Market Taranaki Trust Charter:


  • To facilitate the formation of a network of producers and consumers of primary produce in Taranaki.
  • To provide an easily accessible and affordable infrastructure for both consumers and producers in a central location in Taranaki on a regular basis.
  • To support the viable and self sufficient operation of existing and future producers, small businesses and cottage industries in Taranaki.
  • To promote, support and further the rapport and understanding between local producer and consumer in Taranaki by means of information, education and needs evaluation and by working closely with the local authorities.
  • To provide the Taranaki community with locally grown and produced wholesome food at market related prices.

Farmers Market Taranaki operates with multiple beneficial aims, primary ones being:

  • To support and stimulate profitable trading and business growth of independent primary producers, hobby farmers, community and home gardeners, and associated produce value-adders and cottage industries.
  • To provide customers with regular supplies of fresh local food and access to improved nutrition.

Community Values
Farmers Market Taranaki aims to be an integral part of the Taranaki Community and strives to provide various local benefits, including:

  • Food and nutrition education
  • Regeneration of community spirit
  • Rural/urban linkages
  • Facilitation of community based food security programs
  • Recycling of green waste and appropriate packaging.

Our Trustees

Cecily Bull

Cecily Bull is a past stallholder of Farmers Market Taranaki and has administrative and leadership experience in mental health non-profits and community groups.

Cecily attends to the background details for Farmers Market Taranaki – admin, finances, reporting etc – so that the rest of the team is free to do what they do best.

Cecily enjoys being part of an organisation that is an antidote to the impersonal mechanised food system, restoring connection while providing healthy food. Farmers markets are one of the few places where customers can still get to know their suppliers - the trusting relationships that naturally develop during regular weekly encounters support wellbeing and build community. She is interested in finding novel ways to offer this experience to others.

Melissa Holmes

Carl Freeman

Carl is an academic staff member at WITT/Te Pukenga in the Primary Industries department where is teaches horticulture. 

He has a stakeholder-focused mindset and facilitation capabilities, developed through various social entrepreneurship, facilitation, board and leadership roles. He has had a key involvement with the local food economy in Taranaki by initiating the Farming to Flourish Pivot Research and being invited to be on various expert advisory committees related to food production in the region by the likes of Venture Taranaki and Sustainable Taranaki.

Carl is passionate about capturing feedback and building continuous improvement loops into the Farmers Market Taranaki organisation. He believes the market plays an important social, environmental and economic role for the region.

Emma Thompson