The B.C. Association of Farmers’ Markets (BCAFM) is holding their annual conference at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort from Friday, March 6 to Sunday March 8. This year marks the association’s 21st year.
Farmers’ market organizers, farmers and growers, small-scale food processors, artisans and agriculture and community leaders will gather from all over B.C. to collaborate, brainstorm and network to “collectively strengthen the local food system and farmers’ markets sector in British Columbia,” according to a statement from the BCAFM.
This year’s conference is titled “Foresight 2020: The Future is Local.”
“B.C. is increasingly recognized for its unique and diverse farming mix and food among locals, tourists and foodies alike, from every generations,” said Heather O’Hara, BCAFM executive director in a statement. “B.C. farmers’ markets continue to be an economic driver and grow as a cornerstone for agri-tourism and culinary destination tourism in B.C., celebrating the diverse artisans, food processors and local growers who quite literally ‘Grow, Make, Bake B.C.’ on the ground in every corner of the province.”
The three-day conference is host to 15 workshop sessions covering a wide gamut of topics including zero-waste markets, the effects and trends of online shopping, building meaningful relationships in the community and the market and much more.
Highlights of the conference also include opening remarks from Lana Popham, the B.C. Minister of Agriculture, the seventh annual B.C. Farmers’ Market Awards gala and an interactive zero-waste workshop.
The BCAFM is a non-profit organization based in Vancouver. The BCAFM represents more than 145 farmers’ markets all over the province. Their mission is “to develop, promote and strengthen farmers’ markets in all regions of the province.”
To learn more about how to register or about the nearest farmers’ market to you. visit them online at bcfarmersmarket.org.