From March 2–4, the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets (BCAFM) will celebrate all things local at their annual conference, Growing Together, and Farmers’ Market Awards Gala in Victoria.
More than 150 farmers’ market organizers, farmers, artisans, community leaders and local food enthusiasts from across the province are expected to take part in workshops, roundtable sessions, and networking events.
The conference, which is open to the public, includes more than 15 sessions with topics that range from food safety and the new BC organic regulations to non-profit board governance, social media strategy, creating waste-free community events and how small farmers can be successful at farmers’ markets.
Tickets can be purchased for individual workshops and networking events, or the full conference weekend.
Highlights of the weekend will include the fifth annual Farmers’ Market Awards Gala, which will feature a locally sourced dinner, and recognize individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to BC’s farmers’ market sector and local food system. The top farmers’ markets, market manager, vendor, volunteer and community partner of 2017 will be honoured at the Awards Gala, Saturday, March 3 at the Inn at Laurel Point.
Local food enthusiasts and members of the public and media are invited to attend the full conference, or register for a single workshop, or networking event. Tickets and information are available on the BCAFM website.