2019 Conference Schedule

BC Farmers’ Market Conference – Kimberley/Cranbrook March 8-10, 2019

Thank you to all attendees, presenters, sponsors, organizers, volunteers, and contributors for joining us and bringing your experiences to share at our annual conference, Cultivating Community. Special thanks to our presenting sponsor, Columbia Basin Trust, and our host markets, Kimberley Farmers’ Market and the Cranbrook Farmers’ Market. We hope you enjoyed the conference and are inspired to take on the 2019 farmers’ market season in full swing! We look forward to seeing you in 2020!

The BCAFM acknowledges that the 2019 Conference was held in Ktunaxa Nation. As visitors to this land, we thank our hosts for their hospitality, and recognize that it is on their land where we work, live and play, and where the food that sustains us grows.

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All events and workshops take place at the Kimberley Conference Centre unless otherwise noted.

Friday, March 8, 2019

* Registration Desk open 8:30am-5:30pm (MST)

10am – 5pm MarketSafe Training and SuperHost Training

7pm – 9pm Reception @ Kimberley Curling Club (523 Archibald St.)

Saturday, March 9, 2019

* Registration Desk open 7:30am-4:30pm (MST)

7 am – 8:20 am Breakfast

8:30 am – 9 am Welcome Remarks

9 am – 9:45 am Plenary: Elevating the BC Farmers’ Markets Brand with Destination BC and Farm|Food|Drink

9:45 am – 10:45 am Food Safety and Farmers’ Markets

11 am – 12:15 pm Is My Business Profitable? Tools to Help Vendors | Harvest Dinner Fundraiser | Developing a Farmers’ Market in a Rural and Remote Area with “No Farmers” – Our Story

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm Land Matching Program with the Young Agrarians | Demystifying Social Media Marketing | Effective Conflict Management

3 pm – 4 pm Round Table Sessions for Market Managers, Board of Directors and Vendors

4:15 pm – 5:30 pm Starting a Farm Marketing Co-op | Engaging Local Partners | Farmers’ Markets as Incubators

7 pm – 10 pm Banquet and BC Farmers’ Market Awards

Sunday, March 10, 2019

* Registration Desk open 8:00am-11:30am (MST)

7:30 am – 10 am Continental Breakfast

8 am – 8:30 am Registration: Annual General Meeting

8:30 am – 10 am Annual General Meeting

10:15 am – 11:30 am Captivating Through Storytelling | Squirrels Learn to Grow | Are Farmers’ Markets the Key to Food Hub Success?

11:45 am – 1 pm  Small Business Valuation – An Overview and Succession Planning Tool | Farmers’ Market Photography