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The Vancouver Urban Farming Society (VUFS) is pleased to host the 6th Annual Vancouver Urban Farming Forum at the Creekside Recreation Centre on November 26, 2016. The theme for 2016 is Sustainable Futures: Sowing Knowledge, Skills & Connection.
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 full-year VUFS membership, a front-stage seat to a diversity of phenomenal sessions and panel discussions on urban farming related topics, and a delicious lunch by Pastiche, made from ingredients sourced from urban farmers.
The festivities will carry on into the evening with our Farm & Food Lovers Mixer, hosted in partnership with Young Agrarians - join us for local craft beer, fun, and networking!
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.
Community building and opportunities to share and mingle will be at the heart of the Forum – VUFS is excited to welcome co-host Mutya Macatumpag, an interdisciplinary artist who will be animating the event and strengthening person-to-person connections alongside Marcela Crowe, Executive Director of VUFS.
The Forum will also feature Sara Dent, BC Coordinator and Co-Founder of Young Agrarians, who will kick off the morning sessions as our special guest speaker!
VUFS is pleased to bring you the following sessions for 2016:
MORNING PANEL DISCUSSIONS:
(Sessions A & B will take place concurrently)
SESSION A: Indigenous Food Sovereignty and the Urban Farming Movement
- Dancing Water, Tu’wusht Garden Project Coordinator
- T'uy'tanat - Cease Wyss, Indigenous Plant Educator
- Dawn Morrison, BC Food Systems Network, Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty
- Keisha Charnley, xʷc̓ic̓əsəm Garden Coordinator at UBC Farm
- Moderated by Corine Singfield, TFN Farm Manager and Farm School Coordinator
SESSION B: Starting up a Small-Scale Market Garden Farm: Establishing Farmers Share Lessons Learned
- Karly Pinch, Shady Acre Farm
- Adam Soltys, Yummy Yards
- Jennifer Cline, Riverside Farms
- Xch’e’, Tasty Greens
- Moderated by Emma Avery, UBC Farm
AFTERNOON PANEL DISCUSSIONS:
(Sessions C & D and E & F will take place concurrently)
SESSION C: Children & Youth and the Urban Farming Movement
- Rosalind Sadowski, Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society
- Amanda Adams, Growing Chefs!
- Nikoo Boroumond, SPEC School Gardens Program
- Moderated by Samantha Gambling, Farm to School Vancouver Area Regional Hub
SESSION D: The Diversity of Urban Farms in Metro Vancouver: Exploring Emerging Models
- Shaun Juncal, Harvest Urban Farms
- Katie Ralphs, City Beet Farm
- Holly Rooke, Loutet Farm
- Moderated by Marc Schutzbank, Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society
SESSION E: Building Networks, Resources, and Support for Small-Scale Farmers
- Sara Dent, Young Agrarians
- Hannah Wittman, Academic Director, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems UBC
- Orlando Schmidt, Regional Manager, Coast, BC Ministry of Agriculture
- Kiara Jack, ES Cropconsult
- Moderated by Art Bomke, Professor Emeritus UBC Land & Food Systems
SESSION F: How to Develop Powerful Relationships with Restaurants, Grocery Stores & Distributors
- Micky Tkac, SPUD
- Ryan Weemhoff, UBC Farm
- Tonner Jackson, The Good Stuff
- Joslin Sanderson, Vancouver Food Hub
- Moderated by Kevin Davies, Hop Compost
We hope you can join us for this amazing day of learning and networking!
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.
The space and bathroom at the venue is wheelchair accessible. Please help us make this space more accessible to people with MCS (multiple chemical sensitivity) by being scent-free! Here’s a resource on how to be fragrance free:
Please feel free to contact us and let us know if there is anything we can do to make this event more accessible for you.