For its 22nd year, and for the first time, the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets (BCAFM) is hosting their annual conference online. The conference, titled PIE: People, Innovation, Equity, runs from February 1-19, 2021 with farmers’ market organizers, growers, small-scale food processors, artisans, and agricultural and community leaders from across the province and beyond taking part in workshops and networking events to collectively strengthen the local food system and farmers’ markets sector in British Columbia.
“Residents and shoppers in communities across the province recognize the value of our diverse farmers’ markets, food and farms, and this is the case today like never before due to the COVID pandemic”, said Heather O’Hara, BCAFM Executive Director. “BC farmers’ markets continue to ensure local food security, are vital for local economies and are agri-tourism and culinary destinations in BC, celebrating the diverse artisans, food processors and local growers who quite literally ‘Grow, Make, Bake BC’ on the ground in every corner of the province.”
The conference includes three weekly themes of people, innovation and equity (PIE!) with over 15 workshop sessions that cover a range of topics from creating community in an online world to growing equity and inclusion to social media strategies, as well as building a business that reflects your values and marketing your produce for farmers’ markets, to name a few.
Highlights of the event include:
Opening remarks at Welcome Ceremony offered by BC Minister of Agriculture, Lana Popham, BC Green Party Leader, MLA Sonia Furstenau, and MLA & Official Opposition Critic for Health, Renee Merrifield.
Federal Minister of Agriculture, Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, will share some remarks with us followed by an interactive Q&A session.
The 8th annual BC Farmers’ Market Awards and Closing Ceremony will recognize individuals, organizations and municipalities that have made outstanding contributions to BC’s farmers’ market sector and local food system, with remarks from Federal NDP Critic for Agriculture and Rural Economic Development, MP Alistair MacGregor
An interactive workshop and townhall to explore how farmers’ markets can build equity and inclusion at their markets.
Everyone is welcome to attend with a full conference pass, weekly pass, or ticket to a single workshop. Tickets and information are available on the BCAFM website