Langley Community Farmers Market builds community success for Kwantlen

Mon, Aug 31, 2009


Kwantlen audiovisual technician and market vendor, Geraldine Wesley
shares her love of spinning with the Langley community.


For immediate release

September 1, 2009

Langley Community Farmers Market builds community success for Kwantlen

(METRO VANCOUVER, B.C.) The Langley Community Farmers Market at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Langley Campus has been a great success since its opening in July.

“The University is experiencing a growing relationship with the Langley community," said John McKendry, Special Advisor to the President. The partnership between Kwantlen and the Langley Community Farmers Market really highlights the community interests of Kwantlen as it supports the establishment of the new Market and brings a lot of families and students to the campus for the first time."

The market boasts an amazing array of in-season produce and fruit, processed foods and quality arts and crafts from close to 35 vendors who regularly attend every Wednesday from 3-7 p.m.

In addition to the approximately 800 community members that visit the market each week, Kwantlen employees are involved in the Market in a big way, not only as customers, but also as vendors.

"One of our vendors, Geraldine Wesley, spins all her own wool from sheep, llamas and alpaca. The sheep belong to a neighbouring farmer, and she feeds them with scraps from her kitchen before shearing the fleece from the sheep," said Gary Jones, Kwantlen's greenhouse and nursery Chair. "She brings her spinning wheel to show folks how it's done."

Wesley is also an audiovisual technician at Kwantlen's Langley Campus. Visiting Wesley’s booth is not only a great visual display of art, but also a real educational experience. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with anyone willing to show an interest.

Of her experience at the market, Wesley said, “I had a lovely time as a vendor at the market. I had wonderful feedback from everyone. Children learned something new and the older generation seemed to be transported back to their childhood. Many shared stories like, ‘I used to watch my grandmother do that a long time ago’."

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For more information about the farmers market, contact:
John McKendry
Special Advisor to the President – Langley Campus
Tel: 604.599.3310


For more information about Kwantlen, contact:
Peter Chevrier
Director, Marketing and Communications
Tel: 604.599.2286