BC Association of Farmers' markets

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Mary Forstbauer Grant

Mary Forstbauer Grant

About Mary

Forstbauer Family Natural Food Farm was founded in 1977 when Mary and Hans Forstbauer bought a seven-acre farm on the Matsqui Prairies (near Abbotsford). As many recognize, Mary and her husband Hans were pioneers in the organic farming movement for over 30 years. Mary was and still is the embodiment of organics in BC, and her children proudly continue this legacy.
 
In addition to farming, Mary volunteered on many non-proft boards. She was a founding member and president of the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets (BCAFM), and served on the boards of the Certified Organic Associations of BC (COABC), the Bio-Dynamic Agricultural Society of BC, and the Artisans Farmers Market Society. She was also the 2015 recipient of Canadian Health Food Association Organics Achievement Award. Mary was instrumental in building the local food movement and farmers’ market community in BC. Her top priority was to get as many farmers involved in farmers’ markets as possible and she did a lot of peer mentoring to help make this happen. 

Mary was admired and loved by many in the farming and farmers' market community and sadly, Mary passed away in 2015.


Mary Forstbauer Grant

The BC Association of Farmers' Markets would like to honour the memory of Mary Forstbauer by offering a new grant 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. The grant can be used for the following:
  • Supplies
  • Training
  • New Equipment
  • Services, Contractors, Staff, Consultants

Grant Amount: 

$500
 

Application Form and Deadline:

Please complete the online application form by January 16th, 2018

Eligibility Criteria:

* Grant Recipient will be notified on or before February 2nd, 2018

Project implementation must be completed by the end of 2018. Upon project completion, the grant recipient will be required to submit a brief report to BCAFM.

Sample Projects, inspired by Mary might include:

 

1. Regenerative agriculture. Examples include but are not limited to, the creation of on-farm composting systems, the use of cover crops for building soil structure, increasing biodiversity on the farm (in regards to microbiology or livestock).

2. Involving future generations in the farm lifestyle by making the farm more accessible to children.

3. Increasing accessibility for those with physical or mental challenges. Examples include buying items such as high stools and foam mats for comfort during farmers’ market days, investing in bins and crates that are easy to carry while using a wheelchair.