Woodward Farmer's Market Association
13th St. and Locust Ave., Woodward, OK 73801
The Woodward Farmers’ Market Association is an apolitical Community Organization supporting and promoting biologically sound agriculture, local foods, public health, and a resilient local economy through education, public outreach, advocacy and sponsoring community events.
The Woodward Farmers’ Market Association’s Vision is to link regional/community farmers,growers and producers growing or making their own products with consumers, improve local public health, educate our producers, grow new producers and improve our natural resources,economy and community.
The Woodward Farmers’ Market Association purpose is to provide a regional/community farmers’ market for growers and the regional/community by offering healthy locally grown foods that improve public health and to educate farmers, legislators and the public about the benefits of consuming fresh locally produced food. The second purpose is to address the need to develop and utilize biologically sound growing methods that support soil health and conserve natural resources while producing local foods that support public health, a local food supply anda healthy economy.
ARTICLE l: NAME
The name of the Association shall be the Woodward Farmers Market Association, and is hereafter referred to as the Association.
ARTICLE II: PURPOSE
The purpose of this Association is to operate a Farmers Market in Woodward, Oklahoma, to provide the opportunity to preserve the connection between farmers and consumers; to educate consumers about the benefits of preserving local agriculture and the benefits of using locally produced foods, and to help support the local economy.
ARTICLE III: STATEMENT OF INTENT
NATURE OF THE MARKET: The Woodward Farmers Market (“Market”) is a diversified Market offering Oklahoma based agricultural and non-agricultural goods for sale.The Market is a registered Oklahoma Farmers Market and member of the Oklahoma Grown Farmers Association. We are a direct marketing outlet for producers of certified and uncertified agricultural products. These producers may sell their agricultural products directly to consumers without meeting the usual size, standard pack and container requirements for such products except in the case of eggs and pre-packaged items. However, all produce must meet minimum quality standards: mature, but not over-ripe, void of decay, have good external/internal appearance and be clean and free of contamination and pests.The non-agricultural goods add variety and enhance the festive ambiance of the Market. The same producer-to-consumer philosophy applies for all items sold at the Market, including non-agricultural items.
The resale of all products is prohibited except as provided in these Rules: for Nonprofit Organizations and Community Information Groups.
ARTICLE IV: MANAGEMENT
The Woodward Farmers Market Association is managed, operated and controlled by the Woodward Farmers Market Association Board. The Woodward Farmers Market Association Board shall implement and enforce all Rules and Regulations pertaining to the operation of the Market in a fair and equitable manner. Any approved seller or applicant aggrieved by the action of a Market agent can appeal to the Woodward Farmers Market Association Board whose decision shall be final.
ARTICLE V: MEMBERSHIP
Membership in the Association is available on a non-discriminatory basis to any person, orfamily, who is engaged in the production of agricultural products in Oklahoma. Woodward,Harper, Ellis, Dewey, Woods and Major counties will be given preference if space becomes limited. Since the WWFMA is located in a low population region neighboring Kansas and Texas, The WWFMA offers producers neighboring counties in Kansas and Texas the opportunity to join the Market with the provision that such vendors do not exceed 30% of theMarkets’ members from Oklahoma. Any member from Kansas or Texas must identify their produce/products as grown/produced in their respective state. All processed items are required to be processed in Oklahoma and, when possible, include Oklahoma grown ingredients. A member and their household are entitled to use the market site facilities for the sale of such products. Members of the Association shall not be official representatives of the Association unless specifically authorized by the Board. No public statements of members shall be construed as representing the Association unless so authorized.
ARTICLE VI: VOTING
Each member shall have but one vote not determined by the number of spaces, and voting by proxy shall not be permitted. Voting shall be by voice, phone or hand vote except that any member may request a secret ballot. Such shall be granted without discussion. Majority votes shall be necessary to secure passage of an issue unless otherwise specified in these By-Laws.
ARTICLE VII: MEETINGS
1. The election of officers will be held at the November meeting and the officers will be affirmed
at the January meeting with the exact date and time of those meetings to be determined by
2. Election of officers is every two years, at the November meeting.
3. Information for final reports will be gathered at the November meeting.
4. Newly elected officers will take office in January following the November election.
5. Special meetings of the members of the Association may be called by the Board at any time.
6. It shall be the President’s or the Board’s duty to call such a special meeting when
twenty-five percent (25%) of the members (of the Association) file with the
AssociationSecretary a petition requesting a special meeting and specifying the business to
be considered at such a meeting.
7. All members shall be notified prior to each meeting.
8. At any meeting of the members of the Association where notice is given, ten percent(10%) of
the members shall constitute a quorum, and said quorum shall in no case be fewer than five
(5) members, including three (3) Board members
9. Parliamentary procedure shall be followed at all Association meetings.
ARTICLE VIII: BOARD
1. The Business, Property of the Association and the affairs of the Association shall be
managed by a Board consisting of the eight (5) officers of the Association:
The President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Public Relations Officer.
2. The term of office of the Board is two years. Election of officers will be held at the
November meeting. The newly elected officers shall begin their elected term beginning
3. When a vacancy on the Board occurs, other than by expiration of term, the remaining
members of the Boards shall fill the vacancy for the unexpired term.
4. The President or any three Board members may call a meeting of the Board at any time by
giving actual or written notice thereof to all members of the Board at least three days before
5. Fifty percent (50%) of the Board present shall constitute a quorum at any meeting of
6. The Board shall have general supervision and control of the business and affairs of
The Association and shall make all necessary rules and regulations not inconsistent with law
or these By-Laws for the management of the business and guidance of the officer,
employees and agents of the Association.
7. The Board shall keep a complete record of all its acts and the proceedings
of its meetings, and it shall present a full statement at the November meeting of the
Association, showing in detail the condition and affairs of the Association.
8. Members of the Board shall be in attendance at seventy-five percent (75%) of all
meetings or be subject to removal, with the exception of emergency, and unless absence is
ARTICLE IX: COMMUNITY ADVISORY GROUP
The Community Advisory Group shall consist of at least three members of the community and the Association Public Relations Officer.
ARTICLE X: FRIENDS OF FARMERS MARKET:
Friends of Farmers Market are shoppers and local community leaders interested in the growth and success of the Farmers Market.
ARTICLE XI: CHANGES TO THE CONSTITUTION
No change to the Constitution shall be made without 10 days advance notice to the members and with 75% agreement of all the voting members present at two consecutive meetings before a change is enacted.
ARTICLE XII: BY-LAW CHANGES
No change to the By-Law shall be made without 50% agreement of the voting members present at two consecutive meetings before a change is enacted.
This Constitution was prepared and approved July 3, 2014