Mary Forstbauer Grant
Every year, the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets honours the memory of Mary Forstbauer by offering a grant to a BC farmer who sells at BC farmers’ markets. The award is to be used by a farmer for the implementation of a new initiative on their farm. The grant can be used for the following:
- New Equipment
- Services, Contractors, Staff, Consultants
The 2020 application is now closed. Stay tuned for 2021!
- Must be a farmer vendor at a BCAFM member farmers’ market.
- Applicants must reside in BC.
- Farms must be located in BC.
Forstbauer Family Natural Food Farm was founded in 1977 when Mary and Hans Forstbauer bought a seven-acre farm on the Matsqui Prairies (near Abbotsford). As many recognize, Mary and her husband Hans were pioneers in the organic farming movement for over 30 years. Mary was and still is the embodiment of organics in BC, and her children proudly continue this legacy.
In addition to farming, Mary volunteered on many non-profit boards. She was a founding member and president of the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets (BCAFM), and served on the boards of the Certified Organic Associations of BC (COABC), the Bio-Dynamic Agricultural Society of BC, and the Artisans Farmers Market Society. She was also the 2015 recipient of Canadian Health Food Association Organics Achievement Award. Mary was instrumental in building the local food movement and farmers’ market community in BC. Her top priority was to get as many farmers involved in farmers’ markets as possible and she did a lot of peer mentoring to help make this happen.
Mary was admired and loved by many in the farming and farmers’ market community and sadly, Mary passed away in 2015.
Congratulations to Rosalinde Mutch of Pitch and Arrow Farm! They sell at the Nakusp Farmers Market and Revelstoke Local Food Initiative Farm & Craft Market, and plan to build a site appropriate “Grizzly bear-proof” chicken tractor. A truly Canadian conundrum, this practical, safe and sustainable solution for adding chickens in bear country will help reduce pests and provide fresh, local eggs, but most importantly for Pitch and Arrow Farm to improve their ability to generate more nutrient-rich soil.
Congratulations to Sue Hughes of Sunrise Cottage Farm who sells at the Metchosin Farmers Market. With the grant, Sue will be building a proper post-harvest cleaning, washing and packing station to the farm. They will also include a wheelchair accessible section in the packing out area so more people can engage in farming activities in a comfortable, safe and warm manner.