BCAFM Vendor Membership

With its provincial reach and established relationships, BCAFM is able to use its collective purchasing power to negotiate preferred pricing and benefits on behalf of the 4,000+ vendors who sell at 145+ member farmers’ markets across BC, while sustaining the delivery of BCAFM programs and activities which support all members and strengthen our sector.

Through this program, BCAFM has established preferred member pricing with a roster of great suppliers and this list of suppliers and benefits will continue to grow over time. Current product and service partners participating in the BCAFM Vendor Membership Program include:

Western Financial Group (Vendor Insurance)  

West Coast Seeds                                                  

Farm Food Drink Consulting                                 

Edible Vancouver & Wine Country

Edible Vancouver Island

With more to come!

BCAFM offers our members:

  • Education, strengthening and networking opportunities
  • Marketing, promotions and public engagement
  • Research and advocacy to support farmers’ markets in BC
  • Influence on key decisions
  • Access to special pricing and programs
  • A voice in the future of BC’s farmers’ markets and local food systems

Please scroll down below for specific details on current member benefits and how to apply.

How to Apply for BCAFM Vendor Membership 

  1. Review the BCAFM Bylaws, BCAFM Constitution and BCAFM Vendor Membership Program Policy to assess vendor eligibility.
  2. Complete the online application for the BCAFM Vendor Membership Program (link below).
  3. Once BCAFM reviews your application and if you are approved, you will be emailed instructions how to pay your annual $75 membership fee.

Note: Participation in the BCAFM Vendor Membership Program is voluntary and not required to sell at a BCAFM member farmers’ market. In addition, this program is entirely separate from and different than vendor membership programs required by individual farmers’ markets.

Vendor Membership Program Eligibility

Below is a summary of program eligibility:

A Person may be eligible to be accepted as a BCAFM Vendor Member if they:

(a) are a Vendor at a BCAFM member farmers’ market;
(b) are nineteen (19) years of age or older;
(c) are ordinarily resident in British Columbia; and
(d) agree to advance the purposes and support the activities of the Society (BCAFM).

A Person is NOT eligible to be accepted as a BCAFM Vendor Member if they are:

(e) an employee of BCAFM;
(f) a contractor for services with BCAFM with an annual aggregate value of $10,000 or more; or
(g) the spouse of a Person referred to in either paragraphs (e) or (f), above.

An Organization may be eligible to be accepted as a Vendor Member if it:

(h) is a Vendor at a BCAFM member farmers’ market;
(i) is ineligible to be accepted as a Farmers’ Market Member;
(j) carries on regular operations in British Columbia; and
(k) agrees to advance the purposes and support the activities of the Society.

For complete information about Vendor Membership Program eligibility and criteria, see:

If you have questions about the BCAFM Vendor Membership Program or eligibility, please contact us.

Vendor Membership Application or Renewal

  • BCAFM Vendor Membership is annual, and the membership year runs from January 1 to December 31. You can enrol anytime throughout the year, however, membership fees will not be pro-rated and benefits will not be backdated.
  • BCAFM Vendor Membership Program annual fee is $75.

Apply to be a member!

Benefits & Program Partners

Western Financial    

By becoming a member of the BCAFM Vendor Membership Program you will receive access to a preferred group insurance rate on Commercial General Liability for vendors. This exclusive program has been arranged by BCAFM in collaboration with Western Financial Group and covers selling at farmers’ markets and these sales channels: vendor sales, online sales within Canada, wholesales and others.

Click here for specific details and information on vendor insurance.

 

West Coast Seeds

BCAFM vendor members receive a 15% discount on all seeds and hard goods, including garlic and onion sets, sold directly by West Coast Seeds via these direct sales channels:

  1. Online: westcoastseeds.com
  2. Telephone: 1.888.804.8820
  3. In person:

West Coast Seeds (Head Office)        West Coast Seeds (Retail Store)
5300 34B Avenue                                   4930A Elliott St
Delta, BC  V4L 2P1                                  Delta, BC  V4K 2Y1

   

 

Farm Food Drink Consulting

Marketing packages with preferred pricing created especially for BCAFM Vendor Members. Click here for details on their (1) Seed package; (2) Grow package; (3) Harvest package.

 

 

Edible Vancouver and Wine Country Magazine

BCAFM vendor members receive a 10% discount on any advertising package.

   

 

Edible Vancouver Island Magazine    

BCAFM vendor members receive a 10% discount on any advertising package.

   

 

BCAFM Conference

As a member, you are eligible to receive BCAFM member rates for the annual BCAFM AGM & Conference.

 

BCAFM Newsletter

Stay up to date on resources, funding opportunities, best practices, and the latest on BCAFM programs and activities. An excellent source of information, BCAFM newsletters and Bi-weekly Bites series share timely and practical tips to help farmers’ markets and vendors grow. No need to sign up – once you are approved in the Vendor Membership Program you will be added to the distribution list.

Vendor Tools & Resources

Our crop of tools and resources have been harvested from many sources and compiled here to help you cultivate and grow your farmers’ market and business.

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