6th Annual Urban Farming Forum
Sustainable Futures: Sowing Knowledge, Skills & Connection
Creekside Community Recreation Centre | November 26, 2016 | 9am – 4pm
As a convening organization, we are pleased to bring together 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 also 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!
Morning: Panel Discussions
Indigenous Food Sovereignty and the Urban Farming MovementDancing Water, Tu’wusht Garden Project CoordinatorT’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
Starting up a Small-Scale Market Garden Farm: Establishing Farmers Share Lessons LearnedKarly Pinch, Shady Acre FarmAdam Soltys, Yummy Yards
Jennifer Cline, Riverside Farms
Xch’e’, Tasty Greens
Moderated by Emma Avery, UBC Farm
Afternoon: Panel Discussions
Children & Youth and the Urban Farming MovementRosalind Sadowski, Fresh Roots Urban Farm SocietyAmanda Adams, Growing Chefs!
Nikoo Boroumond, SPEC School Gardens Program
Moderated by Samantha Gambling, Farm to School Vancouver Area Regional Hub
The Diversity of Urban Farms in Metro Vancouver: Exploring Emerging ModelsShaun Juncal, Harvest Urban FarmsKatie Ralphs, City Beet Farm
Holly Rooke, Loutet Farm
Moderator: Marc Schutzbank, Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society
Building Networks, Resources, and Support for Small-Scale FarmersSara Dent, Young AgrariansHannah 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
How to Develop Powerful Relationships with Restaurants, Grocery Stores & DistributorsMicky Tkac, SPUDRyan Weemhoff, UBC Farm
Tonner Jackson, The Good Stuff
Joslin Sanderson, Vancouver Food Hub
Moderator: Kevin Davies, Hop Compost
Your ticket for the day includes a one year VUFS membership, and a lovely lunch by Pastiche Food & Concepts.
For the full program and menu, watch this space.
The festivities will carry on into the evening with a Farm & Food Lovers Mixer, hosted in partnership with Young Agrarians – join us for local craft beer, fun, and networking!
We hope you can join us for this amazing day of learning and networking!
Please support us by forwarding this event to anyone you think may be interested in attending, thank you!
Work-trade options available. Contact hello[at]urbanfarmers.ca if you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities at the Forum. Limited scholarships are also available. Please inquire.
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.
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.