The Charter of the Australian Farmers' Markets Association (AFMA) has the following key aims:
• To facilitate the formation of a network of authentic Farmers' Markets across Australia.
• To support the viable and self-sufficient operation of existing and future Farmers' Markets.
• To define clearly the concept of an authentic Farmers' Market and facilitate the development of this model in the cities and regions of Australia.
• To provide a basic framework including benchmarks for the viable operation of designated Farmers' Markets.
• To clearly distinguish the concept of a Farmers' Market from other markets, both retail and wholesale.
• To provide a simple resource to community groups and individuals seeking to establish authentic, successful Farmers' Markets.
Farmers' Markets operate with multiple beneficial aims.
The four primary aims are:
1. To preserve farmland and sustainable agriculture.
2. To support and stimulate the profitable trading, viability and business growth of independent primary producers, hobby farmers, community and home gardeners, and associated artisan produce value-adders.
3. To provide customers with regular supplies of fresh food and access to improved nutrition.
4. To contribute to the economic, social and health capital of the host community.
Farmers' Markets are an integral part of the host community and aim to provide various economic, social and health benefits including:
• Support of sustainable agricultural practices
• Food and nutrition education
• Promotion of fresh and local produce consumption
• Revitalisation of town and public space
• Regeneration of community spirit
• Rural/ urban linkages
• Facilitation of community-based food security programs
• Recycling of green waste and appropriate packaging