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.

Conference Schedule

Conference Schedule

Here is the schedule for the 2014 conference. The sessions are subject to change, though we will keep that to a minimum. You can click on the workshop title to see the workshop's description.

Friday, February 28
1- 5:30 pm Registration Opens
 9 am - Noon Demonstrating Value - Farmers Market Impact Toolkit (Performance Works)
1 - 5 pm Networking Round Tables (Performance Works)
7 - 9 pm

Welcome Reception (Bridges Restaurant, 1696 Duranleau St, Granville Island) The reception includes a variety of appetizers and a complimentary pint of beer from Central City Brewing.

Saturday, March 1
7:30am - 4:30pm Registration Opens (Performance Works)
8 - 8:30am Opening and Welcoming (Performance Works)
8:30 - 9:30am

A Discussion on BC's Agricultural Land Reserve  (Performance Works)

Richard Bullock, Chair of the Agricultural Land Commission and Lenore Newman, University of the Fraser Valley

9:30 - 10:15am BC Wine, Beer and Spirits Sales at Markets (Melanie Golder, BC Liquor Control and Licensing Branch) 

VENDOR TRACK (Performance Works)

MANAGER TRACK (Quarterdeck Room, Granville Island Hotel) BOARD TRACK  (Bridgeroom, Granville Island Hotel)
10:45am - Noon Market Psychology – Using Best Strategies and Behavioral Economics to Drive Sales at Markets (Robin Crowder, 21 Acres Center for Local Food and Sustainable Living) Attracting & Maintaining a Talented & Diverse Volunteer Network (Laura Smit, Vancouver Farmers Markets) GMO-Free Farmers' Markets (Carolyn Morris, Squamish Farmers Market, Andrew Murray, Royal City Farmers Market
Noon - 1:30pm

Lunch, catered by Curry2U

1:30 - 2:45pm

Business Support and Financing Options for Local Small Growers and Processors (Moira Teevan, Vancity and Nicholas Scapillati, Farm Folk City Folk)

Leveraging Your Story to Build Sales  (Robin Crowder, 21 Acres Center for Local Food and Sustainable Living) Optimize Your Social Media Strategy  (Kirstin Richter, The Social Agency)
3:15 - 4:30pm  Record Keeping for Farmers at Farmers Markets (Chris Bodnar, Close to Home Organics)  Using Market Policies to Strengthen Market Position (Darren Stott, Green Chain Consulting) Market Integrity - Protecting the Farmer's Market Brand (Grant Rice and Ron Tamis, Surrey Urban Farmers Market, Andrea Lawseth, AEL Agroecological Consulting) 
4:40 - 5:30pm Speed Networking  Three 20-minute workshop sessions - choose from 6-8 different topics! (Performance Works)
7- 10pm Banquet and Farmers Market Awards, a benefit for the Farmers Market Nutrition Coupon Program with Mark Forsythe, host of BC Almanac as our MC and Lydia Ryall, Cropthorne Farms as our keynote speaker. Chef Scott Rowe from New Hope Cuisine, a BCAFM partner in the FMNCP program will cater a farmers's market dinner. Persephone Brewing will be offering local craft beer and Pemberton Distillery will be sampling their local spirits and featuring a local craft cocktail. (Performance Works)
Sunday, March 2
8:30 - 11:30am Registration (Granville Island Hotel)
8:30 - 10am Annual General Meeting (Granville Island Hotel)
  VENDOR TRACK (Granville Island Hotel, Alder Room) MANAGER TRACK (Quarterdeck Room, Granville Island Hotel) BOARD TRACK  (Bridgeroom, Granville Island Hotel)
10:15 - 11:30am Growing for Year Round Markets  (Andrew Arkesteyn-Vogler, Crisp Organics)  Tools for Finding and Recruiting the Best Vendors For Your Market (Roberta LaQuaglia, Robyn Carlson, Jen Pleadwell, Vancouver Farmers Markets) Connecting to Community at Farm to School  (Vanessa Perrodou - Farm to School BC) 
11:45am - 1pm Meeting Requirements for Vending Fresh Meat at a Farmers Markets (Dave Abernethey, Summerfield Farms) Small/Medium Farm Product Distribution: Filling the distribution gap between farmers and buyers. (Darren Stott, Farm Folk City Folk) Threat/Risk/Vulnerability Assessment in the Farmers Market Environment (Kevin Page, KLP Enterprises)


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