There is no doubt the success of the Stiver Mill Farmers’ Market is largely due to the high school volunteers, who are under the supervision of Jeanne Ker-Hornell, retired high school teacher. The students appear promptly at 8 am on market days to aid Bob and Jeanne in the intricacies of setting up from tents to merchandise. The Market has become a family-like happy project with approximately 10 students each week who work the 9 hour day with enthusiasm. Many of the students each year earn more than 100 hours Volunteer Community Service rather than the 40 volunteer hours required by law. Look for their red T-shirts when you visit.
Senior volunteers, Laurence Breckon, site manager, Marie Breckon and Charlene Busato, have been with the Market since 2009 and Eileen Stiver Chadwick and Doris Couperthwaite also for the first two years. The senior population in the next door Unionvilla campus are totally supportive, especially the Wyndham Gardens Association led by Mavis Collingwood with their letters of support to governments about this senior run market. They successfully aided in the applications for Federal and Municipal grants. Both Bob Stiver and Jeanne Ker-Hornell have received many awards including the Mayor’s Hall of Fame Award for their voluntary services over the years.