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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2017 Conference Schedule

2017 Conference Schedule

*** Schedule subject to change. Please check back regularly for workshop additions and updates.

Friday, March 3, 2017

2pm - 5pm

Free roundtable sessions for Market Manager
Free roundtable sessions for Vendors

5pm - 6:30pm Walking tour of New Westminster

7pm - 9pm Welcome Reception @ the River Market

Saturday, March 4, 2017

7:00am - 8:20am FOODSAFE / MarketSafe Sponsored Breakfast
@ The Boathouse Restaurant (at the Inn at the Quay)

8:30am - 9:30am
Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:30am - 10:15am
Plenary Session: Reimagining Your Market

10:45am - 12pm Vendor/Producer
Workshop #1
Grow Your Food Production Business With Silver Chef's Flexible Funding

Market Manager Workshop #1
Accessible Markets - Conduct, Audit and Engage Volunteers!
Board of Directors
Workshop #1
Managing Your Market's Risks & Opportunities


12pm - 1:15pm


1:30pm - 2:30pm

2:45pm - 4pm Vendor/Producer
Workshop #2
UPDATED - Building the Farmers' Market Brand - Region by Region

Market Manager Workshop #2
Visual Social Media: Creating compelling

Board of Directors
Workshop #2
Business Management Practices of Highly Successful Farmers' Market Farmers: Lessons learned from 15
case studies

4:15pm - 5:30pm Vendor/Producer
Workshop #3
Understanding the
Principles of

Market Manager Workshop #3
Food Safety
at Farmers'
Markets: Updates and new developments
Board of Directors
Workshop #3
Advocating and Lobbying in Canada: How to best get your message to those in government

7pm - 10pm
Banquet and Farmers' Market Awards @ La Perla Ballroom (in River Market adjacent to conference hotel)

Sunday, March 5, 2017

8:30am - 10am
BCAFM Annual General Meeting

10:15am - 11:30am Vendor/Producer
Workshop #4
A Small Acreage
Farmer’s Insight Into
How to Make It
Farming in Metro
Market Manager
Workshop #4
Market Day Food Education: Providing learning opportunities
for all ages
Board of Directors
Workshop #4
The New BC Societies Act: What every society needs to know

11:45am - 1pm


Workshop #5
Web Content Marketing
101: Tips and tools to
get you better results


Market Manager
Workshop #5
Get The Market
You Measure


Board of Directors
Workshop #5
Opportunities and Challenges of Physical Infrastructure to Expand Your Market and Broaden its Appeal



Slow Meat Event @ the River Market