The BCAFM is here to serve the needs of our member farmers’ markets. We are committed to developing and strengthening the capacity of farmers' markets in all regions of British Columbia, so you, our members can continue to support local farmers and artisans and provide British Columbians with fresh healthy local food.
Board & Staff
- President: Jon Bell
- Vice President: Robert Thompson
- Treasurer: Bruce Fatkin
- Secretary: Cat Majors
- Director: Wylie Bystedt
- Director: Helen Fathers
- Director: Tabitha McLoughlin
- Director: Shankar Raina
- Director: Ron Tamis
President: Jon Bell
Jon is originally from England, grew up in Quebec and the Maritimes and went to McGill University, studying Agriculture where he specialized in Plant Pathology and Botany and learned how to pronounce all those scientific names. In his career, Jon has been a municipal weed inspector, a federal quarantine officer for 33 years, has done contracts with the Province of BC, worked with the flower bulb industry in Holland and taught in the US. Now that Jon is "retired", he is a provincial director of the BC Farmers Market Association, a member of the local Agriculture Advisory Committee, VP and past president of the Sechelt Farmers market (15 year member), and is the farmer in the local Farm to School program. He also paints in acrylic, does hot glass, goes Scottish country dancing, puts on Single Malt Whisky tastings and tries to work on old English cars. In the summer most of his time is put into running West Sechelt Farm Produce, growing fruit and vegetables to sell at the local market, and occasionally he gets a chance to garden around his home.
Vice President: Robert Thompson
For the last 15 years, Robert (Bob) has worked in support of small-scale agriculture with farm organizations and farmers' markets, on Vancouver Island and across BC. He is currently manager of the Southern Vancouver Island Direct Farm Marketing Association, editing its annual Farm Fresh magazine and managing the association's website (islandfarmfresh.com) and social media. As well, Bob works with the Small Scale Food Processor Association, as marketing coordinator for the Food Safety Systems Implementation (Processor) Program in BC. He is Vice-President of the BC Association of Farmers' Markets and a Director of the Island Farmers' Alliance. Bob lives in Saanichton with his partner Heather.
Treasurer: Bruce Fatkin
Bruce's working background includes ownership of a landscape nursery in the Bradner area of Abbotsford. Bruce also spent several years serving on Boards of Directors and, as a contractor, managing projects for non-profit organizations beginning with producer-led soil conservation groups and later with a local Community Futures Development Corporation office helping would-be small business owners develop business plans for their new enterprises. Bruce previously served a term as Treasurer of the BC Association of Farmers Markets and has rejoined the Board in that capacity. Bruce has been manager of the Abbotsford Farm and Country Market since 2006 and also managed the Langley Community Farmers Market for the 2010 season. When not at work, Bruce likes to spend time with two grown daughters and their families including two grandchildren.
Secretary: Cat Majors
Living in the North Okanagan, Cat is Marketing Director for Armstrong Apiaries and has been a honey, pollen and beeswax candle vendor for the past twenty years. She is also an active member on the Board of Directors for the Armstrong Farmers' Market, the oldest continuously running market in BC. Cat enjoys promoting fresh produce in season, distinctive handmade crafts, as well as local artists and musicians. A highlight of her first year with the BCAFM was the staging of a local "Farmers Appreciation Week" event where local farmers, food initiative representatives, gleaners and community garden enthusiasts were featured. A performance artist herself, Cat has appeared in many fairs and festivals, managed dance and theatre companies, worked at The Vancouver Art Gallery and the Vancouver Children's Festival. Her creativity and experience in the entertainment industry, fundraising and the management of non profit organizations brings "Big Picture" thinking into the strategic planning and sustainability committees for the BCAFM, and she is honoured to be a part of such a vital and dynamic organization.
Director: Wylie Bystedt
Director: Helen Fathers
Director: Tabitha McLoughlin
Tabitha McLoughlin has been the market manager of the Coquitlam Farmers' Market since April 2006. Prior to her involvement with the local food movement in Coquitlam she was a project manager in the event and conference management industry. Her organizational and communication skills have been an asset to the organization and have added to the scope and reach of the market. As manager of the Coquitlam Farmers' Market, Tabitha has been instrumental in creating several annual events that have rejuvenated vendor satisfaction and increased customer attendance. Tabitha continues to work with local businesses to build strategic partnerships to raise the awareness of eating local and supporting local agriculture in the community.
As a Director for the BCAFM, Tabitha brings a positive and energetic attitude towards the role and activities of the BCAFM in the province.
Director: Shankar Raina
Director: Ron Tamis