BC Association of Farmers' markets
Supporting BC farmers and sustaining our local food supply means ensuring we have land to farm and fresh food to eat. It's a way to nurture the places we live and visit.

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