BC Association of Farmers' markets

The demand for locally produced, fresh and nutritious food has grown rapidly over the past ten years, and so too has the number of farmers' markets. Today, farmers' markets operate in every type of community across BC, from cities to suburbs to rural communities.

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BCAFM Conference & AGM

BCAFM Conference & AGM


Register Today - Less than two weeks to go!

March 3-5, 2017
Inn at the Quay, New Westminster


Don't miss out on this jam-packed weekend of networking, peer-to-peer learning, workshops, great food and company. The BC Farmers' Markets Conference is a once-a-year opportunity to get together with your farmers' market peers from across the province to share best practices, learn from industry experts, build connections and gain inspiration to carry you through the 2017 farmers' market season.

Workshops, roundtables, and networking opportunities have been designed to support farmers' markets managers, board members, and vendors in gaining practical skills, and best practices to support their markets and businesses.

Join us for the full weekend, a single day, or just one workshop - we hope to see you there!


Farmers' Markets For All

This year's theme is "Farmers' Markets for All." With the help of industry experts and community members, we will examine how we can further nurture and strengthen an inclusive, diverse, and thriving farmers' market sector in British Columbia. With networking opportunities, inspiring and practical workshops, and Farmers' Market Awards, this event is ideal for farmers' market organizers, growers, small scale food processors, artisans, and agriculture and community leaders to attend.

Keynote Speaker

Richard McCarthy, Executive Director, Slow Food USA

Richard embodies the phrase “think globally; act locally.” He previously served as Executive Director of Market Umbrella, an internationally recognized non-profit mentor organization for farmers' markets, community building and sustainable economic development. After Hurricane Katrina, Richard played a key role in restarting the local agricultural economy in the New Orleans area, aiming to help provide returning residents with a sense of normalcy and resilience through the revival of farmers' markets.
From 2005-07, Richard served as founding President for the Farmers Market Coalition, the national voice for farmers markets. He was named “Hero of the New South” in 2012 by Southern Living Magazine, and “Public Health Champion” in 2004 by Tulane University School of Public Health.

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