The West Kootenay EcoSociety is pleased to announce they have hired Jesse R. Woodward as their new markets director for the 2012 season.
Woodward has just returned to Nelson after completing his Masters of Sustainable Environmental Management at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. Woodward was raised on a small farm in the Slocan Valley and has lived, off and on, in the Nelson area for most of his life.
“I’m very excited to have been hired for this position, and I look forward to applying the many skills that I acquired while completing my master’s degree,” said Woodward. “I want nothing else but to make the EcoSociety’s outdoor markets the best that they can be, both for the community and the environment.”
The EcoSociety coordinates and runs both the Cottonwood Falls and the downtown street markets.
Cottonwood Falls market runs every Saturday from May 19 through to October 27. The downtown market runs Wednesdays from June 13 thru to September 26.
Woodward and the EcoSociety will also stage the Friday night MarketFest, an event with more than 100 vendors, on three blocks of Baker on June 29, July 27 and August 24.
Woodward believes that outdoor markets are an important component in developing more resilient local food security systems and giving the public another way to support the local economy. Woodward looks forward to a bustling and thrilling summer and hopes to see all of Nelson come down to the EcoSociety’s wonderful outdoor markets.
The West Kootenay EcoSociety is a non-profit organization located in Nelson. Through education, outreach, community building, research, and advocacy, the EcoSociety works to protect the natural environment while building a just and sustainable post-carbon world.