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Below is a call for workshop proposals and early bird registration for the
2016 BC Association of Farmers' Markets.
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From: BC Association of Farmers' Markets <info at bcfarmersmarket.org>
Date: Tue, Dec 8, 2015 at 12:33 PM
Subject: [BCFSN] BCAFM Annual Conference - Call for Workshop Proposals and
Early Bird Registration
To: food at bcfsn.org

*Please forward widely*

Dear ​f​armers’ ​m​arket ​members and friends,

It is time once again for the BC Farmers' Markets Conference. We invite you
to join us for a weekend of networking, learning and sharing with other
farmers, vendors, farmers' market organizers, and agricultural and
community leaders.

*BC Farmers' Markets Conference - Call for Workshop Proposals*
*Deadline: December 15, 2015*

We are requesting conference workshop proposals, and invite you to share
your expertise, experience and passion with the BC Farmers' Markets
community! We are accepting workshop proposals until Tuesday, December 15,

*About the Conference*
The BC Association of Farmers' Markets (BCAFM) is holding its annual
conference, with the theme *"Nourish and Flourish, Healthy Markets Make
Healthy Communities."* The conference will take place Friday through
Sunday, March 4th - 6th, 2016 at the Delta Grand Resort
<http://t.ymlp338.com/uwsesakaememeaaaeeuaiabmub/click.php> in Kelowna, BC.

The conference features three days packed full of networking, workshops and
learning; bringing together farmers’ market managers, boards, vendors and
community stakeholders. Details here

View photos <http://t.ymlp338.com/uwseeazaememeavaeeuazabmub/click.php>
from our 2015 conference and AGM, Thrive!

*Workshop Details*
We are seeking vibrant and inspiring proposals for workshops to offer at
the conference. Workshop sessions will run for 75 minutes.  Between 25-60
people will attend each session.

*How To Submit a Proposal *Submit the proposal online through this link
<http://t.ymlp338.com/uwsemataememeadaeeuakabmub/click.php>. We will ask

   - Short bio of the presenter(s), detailing their qualifications on the
   - Intended audience (i.e. market managers, non-profit board members,
   farmers, vendors)
   - Session title
   - Description of the session
   - What you expect the attendees to learn as a result of your workshop


   - All sessions are learning experiences and are non-commercial
   - The description should clearly describe what the session is about
   - Sessions should include some interactive or experiential elements in
   your design, as appropriate

*Benefits for Presenters*
We are a non-profit organization and do our best to keep conference
expenses as low as possible. We value the skills and expertise of our
presenters. The following are potentially available to support your

   - One free conference registration for the first presenter and a
   discount for additional presenters
   - Modest honorarium or trade show space
   - Limited reimbursement of travel costs

*Deadline to Submit Proposals *Please submit your proposal by Tuesday,
December 15th, 2015.

*Topics of Interest to BCAFM Conference Goers*
We are looking for workshops that will appeal to several different
categories of conference attendees.

*Farmers' Market Boards:*

   - Professional development
   -  Complying with responsibilities, including the new BC Societies Act,
   Canada Revenue Agency, WCB
   -  Insurance and liability
   -  Strategic and business planning, policy development
   -  Fundraising
   -  Relationships with municipalities and other stakeholders

*Market Managers:*

   - Market manager training
   -  Operating small markets, large markets
   -  Vendor recruitment, balance and retention
   -  Marketing and promotions
   -  Community engagement
   - Support vendor development
   - Emergency planning/issues management


   - Season extension
   -  Farm planning - environmental

*Market Vendors:*

   - Food and farm safety
   -  How to increase sales
   -  Vendor best practices, vendors displays, marketing tips
   -  Labeling and pricing for small scale food processors

For more information or questions, please contact:
Peter Leblanc
peter at bcfarmersmarket.org

*BC Farmers' Markets  Conference - Early Bird Registration Now Open*

Save on conference registration and get your early bird tickets for the
2016 BCAFM Conference & AGM. Sign up to attend workshops, the Welcome
Reception, Banquet & Farmers' Market Awards, or all of the above! Click here
<http://t.ymlp338.com/uwsejaraememeacaeeuacabmub/click.php> to get the
early bird rates. Or, if registering on our website, use the promo code


*Questions? *
Call us at 604-734-9797
<http://t.ymlp338.com/uwsebavaememeagaeeuanabmub/click.php> or email

BC Association of Farmers' Markets
<http://t.ymlp338.com/uwsehaxaememeakaeeuagabmub/click.php> | 604-734-9797

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