BC Association of Farmers' markets

Our role is to act as the voice of opportunity and innovation by providing resources for farmers, market managers, vendors, board members, customers and researchers.



Projects & Programs

Projects & Programs

Wondering what the BCAFM is working on? Click on the titles below for information on ongoing programs and short-term projects.

Farmers' Success Stories Project

The BCAFM, in partnership with the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, has developed a resource guide to highlight successful farmers' market farmers and communicate their best business and operations management practices. The objectives of the resource guide is to strengthen the market skills of farmers selling at farmers' markets; identify the path to a successful small-scale direct market farming operation; and develop a strong direction for the sector. 

Farmers' Market Mentorship Program

This program offers BC farmers, market managers/staff one-on-one guidance, resources and networks to overcome challenges, achieve business goals and success at their farmers' markets.

Farmers' Market Nutrition Coupon Program

The Farmers' Market Nutrition Coupon Program (FMNCP) is a healthy eating initiative that improves access to fresh, locally produced food for lower-income families and seniors enrolled in cooking and skill-building programs in their communities. Community partners issue coupons to families and seniors participating in their food skills programs to spend at their local farmers' market each week, which strengthens food security and farmers' markets across the province.

Mary Forstbauer Grant

In honour of the late Mary Forstbauer, founding member and president of the BC Association of Farmers' Markets (BCAFM), this new grant will be presented to a BC farmer who sells at BC farmers' markets. The award is to be used by a farmer for the implementation of a new initiative on their farm. 

Effective Leadership Through Better Governance: Board Governance Training Manual (2016)

The second edition of the BCAFM's Board Governance Training Manual will help your farmers' market board reach your full potential. This updated guide reflects the growing and changing needs of non-profit farmers' market boards since the first edition was printed in 2010.

Planning for Successful Farmers' Markets in Towns and Cities: A Best Practices Guide for Municipalities

The BC Association of Farmers' Markets (BCAFM) has developed a Guide to help local governments support farmers’ markets in their communities. This Guide provides a how-to resource primarily for local governments to assist market organizers in achieving successful, productive farmers’ markets in their towns and cities.