Events & Workshops

Upcoming Events:

January 21st | Small-Scale Farmers’ Symposium with SPEC
A full-day event centered around small-scale farmers in the Metro Vancouver area, featuring workshops and discussions about soil fertility and drainage, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), farmer resilience, and farm-specific issues. There will be plenty of time for questions, discussions, and knowledge-sharing. Register

January 31st | UBC Future of Food Global Dialogue Series
Hear Dr. Gastón Gordillo of UBC Anthropology discuss “The Imperial Metropolis: the Infrastructure of the Soy Supply Chain in South America.” 12:30 pm at the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC.

January 27th & 28th | Young Agrarians 5th Okanagan Winter Mixer
Hosted at the Summerhill Winery in Kelowna, BC. With two full days of workshops and sessions, you will be sure to sharpen your farm and business skills, and build connections with other new farmers. YA will have two streams of content that will kick start new farmers, and that will deepen the knowledge and success of those with a few seasons in their pocket. Register

February 10th & 11th | Young Agrarians 5th Vancouver Island Winter Mixer
Hosted at Camp Pringle, Shawnigan Lake. Stay tuned to the YA website for more info about workshops, presenters, and programming. YA Mixers are known for making remarkable connections, such as new possibilities for markets, land opportunities found, or identifying a shared interest/resource. Register

February 23rd to 25th | COABC 2018 Conference
Celebrate 25 years of the COABC with a thought-provoking line-up of presentations in Abbotsford, BC. This year’s theme is “Bioregionalism: Creating Resilience in a Changing Climate.” Dawn Morrison of the BC Food Systems Network will give the Friday keynote, and Kent Mullinix of the Institute of Sustainable Food Systems at KPU will keynote on Saturday morning. More info and registration

March 2nd to 4th | 19th Annual BC Farmers’ Markets Conference
Hosted in Victoria, BC, the the Conference is designed for farmers’ market organizers, board members, vendors, small food processors, and agricultural community leaders to learn new skills, network, and come away inspired to build BC’s thriving farmers’ market sector. Register


Ongoing Events:

UBC Future of Food Global Dialogue Series
The UBC Future of Food Global Dialogue Series is a campus-wide initiative bringing together food security and sustainability experts from across the university and North America to regularly engage the UBC community and the public around the Global Food System, including topics such as climate change, food security, biodiversity, social justice, culture, and policy. The series uses various formats to foster discussion, such as dialogue circles, seminars, panel discussions, performances, photo exhibitions, and film screenings. More info and presenter schedule

Vancouver Farmers Markets Winter Markets – November to April
Saturdays at Nat Bailey Stadium from 10 am to 2 pm; Sundays at Hastings Park from 10 am to 2 pm. More info


Past Events:

October 1st | From Farms to Forks: A Harvest Kitchen Party (fundraiser in support of Growing Chefs!)
Join Growing Chefs! for a culinary adventure at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts. Guests will wander from kitchen to kitchen and watch chefs and mixologists in action. Each chef will be paired with a local B.C. grower and producer to celebrate the best of the season. Throughout the night you’ll get to try dishes from more than fifteen of the city’s best chefs, with carefully selected wine pairings. Get tickets

October 7th | Wild Salmon Caravan Parade (East Vancouver)
This event will kick off a 6-day travelling caravan that will follow the wild salmon from the Salish Seas to Adams River in Secwepemcul’ecw territory. The parade this year will travel from the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre up Commercial Drive to 14th Ave then to Trout Lake for a gathering and free feast with speakers + music. More info

October 12th | Aquaponics Workshop at UBC Farm
This workshop is an introduction to the synergistic and sustainable method of growing food known as Aquaponics: a combination of recirculating aquaculture (growing fish on land) and hydroponics (growing plants in nutrient rich water). Register

October 12th | Feeding Growth: Sourcing and Manufacturing Workshop
Learn from the best. Get efficient, build capacity and understand what needs your attention first. Learn how to build a Product Business Case that will set you up for success. Register

October 19th | South Vancouver Harvest Festival
Join South Vancouver Neighbourhood House, Fresh Roots and Vancity for this free, all-ages event. Free snacks, apple cider pressing, pumpkin decorating and dessert contests, youth-led games and activities and lots of autumnal fun! More info

October 23rd | Wild Mushroom Identification and Tasting at UBC Farm
This workshop will give foragers and chefs a chance to savor highly sought after as well as lesser-known wild BC mushrooms. We will offer tips and practical experience with real specimens to guide participants in distinguishing our most dangerous poisonous species from their edible lookalikes. Register

October 27th | Feeding Growth: Financing Growth Workshop
Scaling takes capital. Learn about angel investors, venture capital, and structured financing options and what is right for you and your business. Register

October 29th | 9th Annual Hundred Mile Banquet (fundraiser for Earthwise Society)
All profits made from the Hundred-Mile Banquet are invested back into Earthwise’s projects: educating hundreds of schoolchildren about food and a healthy environment, donating fresh produce for those in need through the Delta Food Coalition, promoting mental health through its therapeutic horticulture program and growing fresh organic produce for the community. Get tickets

October 29th | 6th Annual East Van Apple Press Fest at Van Tech Secondary
Join and Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society for this free event whose only purpose is to bring people together to make apple cider. Please bring your own jar and cup for hot cider, so you can take some home. More info

November 3rd and 4th | BC Seed Gathering
The BC Seed Gathering aims to engage new and established growers, organizers, and advocates working to increase the supply, diversity, and access to seed in British Columbia. The Gathering will offer learning and engagement opportunities that delve into aspects of seed from breeding techniques to marketing models, to seed democracy issues and community organizing, with the goal of strengthening the local seed economy and connecting our communities. Register

November 18th | 7th Annual Vancouver Urban Farming Forum
The Forum brings together the food and farming community for a day of learning and networking on a variety of urban farming topics. Save the date, and stay tuned for registration details!