Thank you for attending
Farm to School BC's first provincial conference!
Farm to School BC's first conference, Planting the Seed!
We successfully hosted the "Planting the Seed" F2SBC23 Conference from May 18th to 19th at the UBC Nest, and it exceeded all expectations. It was a joyous experience to gather with esteemed health leaders, passionate school food advocates, and dedicated champions of our food system in person!
We extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who attended, actively participated, and provided invaluable support to make our first provincial conference a remarkable success. The event truly fulfilled its promise of cultivating meaningful connections, fostering innovative ideas, and strengthening our community.
We also recognize the Honorable Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, for his contributions to farm-to-school funding. In addition to Honourable Rachna Singh, Minister of Education and Child Care for her dedication to school food. 
Thank you!​​​​​​​
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 - Feature conference resources and documents, including speaker presentations.
 - Cultivate, sustain and enhance a sense of community through active discussions centred around conference topics and beyond.
 - Capture conversations, stories, questions and data around Farm to School BC activities across the province.
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Program at a Glance
Plan your F2SBC23 conference experience!
We're thrilled to unveil the final program agenda for the "Planting the Seed" F2SBC23 Conference! 
Featuring a diverse selection of inspiring presentations, workshops, and networking opportunities.
It's time to plan your days and choose your favourite sessions to make the most of this Farm to School BC event!​​​​​​​
Meet our Conference MC and Keynote Speakers
We are pleased to introduce our Master of Ceremonies Jesse Veenstra! She will guide us through two days of thought-provoking discussions and engaging workshops.
We are also delighted to announce our lineup of confirmed keynote speakers:
 Megan Zeni 
 Jared Qwustenuxun Williams
 Coalition for Healthy School Food
 • Carolyn Webb
Samantha Gambling
Brent Mansfield

Budding Expectations
Building on the success of the 2019 F2CC National Farm to School Conference, the 2023 Farm to School BC Conference will gather people from across BC to learn, share, and connect with those involved in food literacy and school food initiatives. 
​​​​​​​This phenomenal event will feature local field trips to inspirational projects, keynote speakers, presentations, workshops, networking opportunities, and more!​​​​​​​
© 2019 F2CC - Photos provided by Farm to Cafeteria Canada
The AMS Nest, University of British Columbia
© UBC the Nest
The Nest is centrally located at the University of British Columbia, which sits on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people. 
We're thrilled to host the conference in a sustainably designed space that fosters interaction and imagination. It has a LEED+ Platinum certification, the highest in North America and aligns with Farm to School BC's priority for sustainability.
Farm to School BC is consulting a Program Advisory Body (PAB) of recognized school food champions to assist in shaping an innovative conference program.
 • Arzeena Hamir
 • Sarah van Heeswijk 
 • Dr. Tammara Soma MCIP RPP  
 • Jessie Newman 
 • Megan Zeni 
 • Natalie Laframboise, RD, MScFN 
Vision, Goals and Values
To foster and harvest an active and connected community of school food champions to grow skills, advocate for food literacy and nourish the plates and minds of all BC students.
Celebrate the impact 
of established and budding school food initiatives. Commemorate the impact of F2SBC programming and the accomplishments of other food literacy advocates in BC. 
Empower and equip educators 
with the confidence and skills to provide healthy, local and sustainable food to the plates and minds of all BC students. 
Gather, elevate and listen 
to the diverse perspectives and varying experiences of the school food community, including Indigenous leaders, educators, youth, chefs and farmers.
Build a strong action-oriented network 
to progress food literacy in curriculum, policy needs, and school food education support systems.
Celebrate the growth, innovation and transformation of F2S programs in the face of challenges. 
Despite ongoing challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, we recognize that there was considerable growth in school food initiatives, school gardens and passionate educators, and an evolution of Farm to School BC programs. 
Promote Healthy, Local, and Sustainable Food.
Engage with local farmers, food producers, chefs, and school food enthusiasts. Embrace the different ways people interact and bond over food. Acknowledge the role food plays in supporting our physical, social, mental, and spiritual well-being.
Cultivate professional development through hands-on engagement. 
Encourage active participation in storytelling, knowledge translation, roundtable discussions, and local field trips. 
Foster deeply-rooted school and community connectedness. 
Provide a valuable platform for educators, students, chefs, policymakers, Indigenous leaders, farmers, food system allies and school food advocates to continue networking and sharing post-conference.
Build school food capacity, frameworks and foundations. 
Develop systems that boost food literacy, school gardens and other school food initiatives.
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