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. Learn more.
Projects & Programs
Wondering what the BCAFM is working on? Click on the titles below for information on ongoing programs and short-term projects.
Buy Local Campaigns
The BCAFM, in partnership with the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, is developing a resource guide to highlight successful farmers' market farmers and communicate their best business and operations management practices. The objectives of the resource guide is to strengthen the market skills of farmers selling at farmers' markets; identify the path to a successful small-scale direct market farming operation; and develop a strong direction for the sector.
The Farmers' Market Nutrition Coupon Program (FMNCP) is a healthy eating initiative that improves access to fresh, locally produced food for lower-income families and seniors enrolled in cooking and skill-building programs in their communities. Community partners issue coupons to families and seniors participating in their food skills programs to spend at their local farmers' market each week, which strengthens food security and farmers' markets across the province.
The goal of the event is to raise public awareness of the important contribution that local food and local farmers make to our lives. It is also a week to highlight the ways we can support local food and small farms, such as shopping at the farmers’ market. This year's Farmers Appreciation Week is September 12-18, 2016.
The second edition of the BCAFM's Board Governance Training Manual will help your farmers' market board reach your full potential. This updated guide reflects the growing and changing needs of non-profit farmers' market boards since the first edition was printed in 2010.
Planning for Successful Farmers' Markets in Towns and Cities: A Best Practices Guide for Municipalities
The BC Association of Farmers' Markets (BCAFM) has developed a Guide to help local governments support farmers’ markets in their communities. This Guide provides a how-to resource primarily for local governments to assist market organizers in achieving successful, productive farmers’ markets in their towns and cities.