BC Association of Farmers' markets
Supporting BC farmers and sustaining our local food supply means ensuring we have land to farm and fresh food to eat. It's a way to nurture the places we live and visit.

2019 Call for Workshop Proposals

2019 Call for Workshop Proposals

We want to hear from you!

We are requesting conference workshop proposals and invite you to share your experience, expertise and passion with the BC farmers' markets community!
We are accepting workshop proposals until Monday, January 7, 2019.

Workshop details: 
  • Workshop sessions will run for 75 minutes
  • Between 25-60 people will attend each session
  • We welcome a variety of workshop formats, including panels, interactive sessions or individual presentations
How to submit a proposal:
When submitting your proposal online, we will ask for:
  • Short bio of the presenter(s), detailing their experiences and qualifications on the topic
  • Intended audience (i.e. market managers, non-profit board members, farmers, vendors)
  • Workshop title and description
  • What you expect the attendees to learn as a result of your workshop (i.e. take aways, learning objectives)

  • All sessions are learning experiences and non-commercial
  • The description should clearly describe what the session is about
  • Sessions should include some interactive or experiential element, as appropriate
Benefits for presenters:
We are a non-profit organization and do our best to keep conference expenses as low as possible. We value the skills and expertise of our presenters. The following are potentially available to support your presentation:
  • One free conference registration for the first presenter and a discount for additional presenters
  • Modest honorarium or trade show space
  • Limited reimbursement of travel costs

Deadline for submissions:
Please submit your proposal by Monday, Janaury 7th, 2019.

Topics of interest to conference goers:
The 2019 conference theme is "Cultivating Communty," We will accept proposals that are aligned with that theme, as well as other topics that are targeted for market managers, board members, farmer/rancher vendors, and market vendors.

Please see below for workshop topic ideas. Workshops outside of these topics will also be considered.

Farmers' Market Board of Directors:
  • Building accessible and welcoming farmers' markets for all community members
  • Human resources: How to be an excellent employer
  • Running a smooth Annual General Meeting
  • Farmers' markets as business incubators
  • Fundraising
  • Relationships with municipalities and other community stakeholders
  • Recruit and orient board members
  • Provincial policy updates and legislation
  • Strategic planning
  • Creating effective market policies and rules
  • Best practices in non-profit board governance
  • Conflict resolution
  • Creating farmer-focused markets
Market Managers:
  • Evaluating your farmers' market
  • Community and stakeholder engagement
  • Engaging with different cultural communities
  • Marketing and promoting "outside the box"
  • Writing to market your farmers' market
  • Harnessing the power of cross promotions with vendors
  • Transparency and integrity at the market
  • Engaging "young" shoppers
  • Supporting vendor development
  • Growing small and rural farmers' markets
  • Adding pop-up markets to community events
  • Vendor recruitment and retention
  • Waste free farmers' markets
Farmers, Small Scale Food Processors, Artisans - Market Vendors!
  • Building sales through payment platforms
  • Loyalty programs and shopper engagement
  • Promoting you and your markets with video
  • Passing the torch - intergenerational farms + small business
  • Record keeping to track success - production and sales
  • Food and farm safety
  • Labeling, pricing, and merchandising
  • Innovation and technology to support farms and vendors

For more information or questions, please contact us: