The BCAFM is here to serve the needs of our member farmers’ markets. We are committed to developing and strengthening the capacity of farmers' markets in all regions of British Columbia, so you, our members can continue to support local farmers and artisans and provide British Columbians with fresh healthy local food. Learn more.
Together, we support small businesses and help them grow. With your support, we build leaders in the local food movement.
Interested in learning more? Take a look at our 2016 Sponsorship Opportunities or email Georgia Stanley at georgia[at]bcfarmersmarket.org for details.
This provincial strategy - the most comprehensive health-promotion program in Canada - is aimed at improving the health and well being of British Columbians at every stage of life. HealthyFamilies BC helps British Columbians to better manage their own health and reduce chronic disease by focusing on four key areas: proper nutrition, healthy lifestyles, resources for parents, and fostering healthy communities.
The BC Ministry of Agriculture has provided support to the BC Association of Farmers' Markets in various forms since its inception in 2000, including marketing support and capacity building. Building the local market for B.C. foods is a key commitment of government’s Agrifoods Strategy, a component of the B.C. Jobs Plan, to lead the agrifoods sector growth into a $14-billion-a-year industry by 2017.
In 2012/13, the government of British Columbia invested $2 million to help B.C. producers and processors promote local foods through the Buy Local Program. The funding supported local businesses and organizations to launch or expand their marketing campaigns, and allowed B.C.’s diverse food industry to use customized promotions specific to their market and needs. The BCAFM received $85,000 in funding from the Buy Local program to launch a province-wide campaign in 2014 to target new customers who want fresh, nutritious and local food.
Vancity invests in businesses, not-for-profits and sector initiatives that are focused on local and organic food - in order to grow and promote a viable and sustainable local food system. One that contributes to a healthier environment, improved individual health, and a more resilient local economy. We know that one of the most important issues facing us today is food security, and ensuring that we have continued access to local, natural and organic food. By supporting local producers, processors and manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors, the retail/food service sector, and waste management businesses, we invest in organizations to make a difference.