November 26: VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Urban Farming Forum & Mixer

Posted by Moss Dance on November 10, 2016

Vancouver Urban Farming Forum

The Vancouver Urban Farming Society is pleased to host the 6th Annual Vancouver Urban Farming Forum on November 26. The theme for 2016 is Sustainable Futures: Sowing Knowledge, Skills & Connection.

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About the Vancouver Urban Farming Forum

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!

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.

As a convening organization, we are pleased 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.

Vancouver Urban Farming Forum

Workshop Sessions

(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

(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 Holly, 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
Kiera 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
Moderator: 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] if you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities at the Forum. Limited scholarships are available. Please inquire.

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.

We thank our funders at Vancity and the City of Vancouver – Local Government for their ongoing support.


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.