Spring has arrived which means farmers’ market season is upon us. Earlier this year, we hosted our annual conference & AGM on Vancouver Island, which brought together more than 100 attendees, from all corners of the province and beyond (all the way from Nova Scotia to Haida Gwaii and Creston to Salt Spring Island). Listening in on workshops and conversations over coffee, I couldn’t help but notice the remarkable level of energy, inspiration and camaraderie. Whether your markets are small, bustling or struggling to stay afloat, your contributions through sharing your experiences are appreciated and help us all continue our work towards a strong local food system and thriving communities.
In advance of our Annual General meeting a number of changes were proposed to the BCAFM’s membership fees and bylaws. We recently sent you an email regarding the outcomes. More details can be found on our website. Proposed changes to the BCAFM bylaws were accepted with more than 75 per cent of the majority vote, while the motion to approve proposed changes to the BCAFM member fees failed.
Lastly, I leave you with an interesting tidbit: The 68th United Nations General Assembly declared 2015 the International Year of Soils. For someone like me, who specializes in plant pathology and botany, this is wonderful news. Soil, often overlooked, is the basis of agriculture and essential for health and food security. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization has put together some wonderful resources, facts and infographics, which I would encourage you to share.
Best of luck on your upcoming market season.