7th Annual Vancouver Urban Farming Forum – November 18th, 2017 – Vancouver Urban Farming Society

7th Annual Vancouver Urban Farming Forum
November 18, 2017 at the Pacific Coliseum

Here is a map of how to get to the venue  |  Here is the full event program

** Update November 14th ** The Forum is now sold out! If you have purchased a ticket that you no longer need, email hello@urbanfarmers.ca so that we can offer the spot to someone else.

If you would like to be added to the waitlist, email hello@urbanfarmers.ca.

The Vancouver Urban Farming Society is pleased to invite you to the 7th Annual Vancouver Urban Farming Forum, happening November 18, 2017 at the Pacific Coliseum. The Forum brings together urban farmers from across the region, policymakers, food security advocates, and urban agriculture enthusiasts. All are welcome!

Your ticket for the day includes a front-stage seat to a diversity of sessions and panel discussions on urban farming related topics, as well as a delicious lunch made with ingredients sourced from urban farmers.

As a convening organization, we are proud to bring together a group of speakers with extensive experience in the food and farming sector who are working in diverse and creative ways toward an increasingly vibrant and resilient local food system. More details and schedule to come – watch this space and stay tuned to our Facebook page for more details on the full event lineup!



We are pleased to welcome Andrea Wilkins y Martinez from Sole Food Farms as our Keynote Speaker!
Andrea has a Bachelor’s degree in Ecology and Ethnobotany from the University of California, Riverside and has been farming since 2008. Andrea began her career in agriculture at an urban farm in New York City underneath the Triborough Bridge then moved on to larger-scale organic production farms in California, Virginia, and Louisiana. She is now the Director of Farm Operations at Sole Food Farms in Vancouver.



Morning: Panel Discussions

Starting up a CSA Program: Best Practices for Connecting People with ProduceKarly Pinch, Shady Acre FarmJenn Cline, Riverside FarmKim Tucker, Hastings Creek FarmJoni Cooke, PLOTS
Standing with Migrant Workers: Organizing Across the Food SystemGerardo Otero, Simon Fraser UniversityElena Pennell, Simon Fraser UniversityMitch Ward, Radical Action With Migrants in Agriculture

Afternoon: Panel Discussions and Workshop

Building Networks, Resources, and Support for Small-Scale FarmersEmma Holmes, BC Ministry of AgricultureMarcela Crowe, Young AgrariansKiara JackARDCorp (BC Agricultural Research & Development Corporation)Dru Yates, E.S. CropconsultOlga Lansdorp, SPEC
Growing Across the City: Exploring Best Practices for Farming on Multiple SitesCamil Dumont, Inner City FarmsElana Evans, City Beet FarmGabriel Pliska, Frisch Farms
Connecting Urban Farmers with Opportunities in SchoolsSamantha Gambling, Farm to School BCLisa Powell, Think&EatGreen@SchoolMarc Schutzbank, Fresh Roots Urban Farm SocietyMegan Herod, City of VancouverAnd other local school food experts
Business Planning Workshop for FarmersWith Marcela Crowe, Farm Business Management Consultant


Work-trade options available. Contact hello [at] urbanfarmers.ca if you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities at the Forum.

We want to acknowledge that this event is taking place on the unceded ancestral lands of the Musqueam (Musqueam), Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh) and Skxwú7mesh (Squamish) traditional peoples. As farmers, settlers and organizers, it is important for us to recognize the indigenous stewardship that has come before us and the struggles and stories that these lands have composted over many years.


Funding for the Vancouver Urban Farming Forum has been provided by the Governments of Canada and British Columbia through Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.

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A big thank you to the Pacific National Exhibition for their event sponsorship.

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We would like to thank our funders at Vancity for their ongoing support.

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