Wakefield Farmers Market (WFM), which held its first season in the summer of 2009, was conceived of and created by the Wakefield Initiative (WI), * a small group of residents committed to improving the quality of life in Wakefield.
Wakefield Climate Action Project (WCAP),** a local 501 (c) (3) organization that addresses environmental issues, agreed to adopt the newly forming WFM as one of its projects since efforts supporting local farmers and shopping locally fall within its mission statement.
WI members Maura Racamato and Kelli Stromski were the Market Managers in 2009 and 2010 and, thanks to them, the WFM is a popular destination for consumers and vendors alike.
*About the Wakefield Initiative (Note: the initiative is not currently meeting)
The mission of the Wakefield Initiative is to engage in an ongoing conversation which will result in the research, presentation, and implementation of innovative programs that will positively impact the financial position of the community while also adding to the quality of life within the community
The Wakefield Initiative works cooperatively with town officials, town employees and the citizens of Wakefield to accomplish its mission and is committed to ensuring that each program or project it may promote remains true to the principle of making Wakefield a better place to live.
In addition to our farmers market, the Wakefield Initiative conceptualized and coordinated the Outdoor Recreations canoe and kayak rental on Lake Quannapowitt, the December Holiday Stroll (now a project of the Wakefield Events Planning Committee) and has explored the possibility of creating a community garden project in Wakefield.
Founded by Bill Chetwynd, Anthony Guardia, and Kevin Piskadlo, Initiative members include Lilli Denis, Barbara Hanson, Susan Majeski, Bob Mailhoit, Pam Perras, Maura Racamato, Kelli Stromski, Cindy Tauresi, Cathy Wensley, and Susan Wetmore.
**About Wakefield Climate Action Project, Inc.:
Initially co-founded by Wendy Dennis and Steve Shoap, WCAP was started by a small group of Wakefield residents who were looking for a way to make a difference beyond their own individual actions concerning climate change and other environmental issues.
The mission of Wakefield Climate Action Project (WCAP) is to create, implement, and promote projects and programs that help our community address global climate and environmental issues. Along with WFM, projects include educational presentations, establishing liaisons with like-minded groups, and working with our town government to encourage energy and environmental conservation. The current Board members are: Rob Darnell (President) Kelli Stromski (Treasurer),Jenn Kallay (Clerk), Sherri Carlson, and Maura Racamato. Eric Reid, Steve Shoap,and Joe Spencer are members of the Advisory Board.