Save the Date: May 17 - 19, 2023
You're invited to Farm to School BC's first conference, Planting the Seed!
Planting the Seed will gather together a diverse group of BC food champions who strive to bring more healthy, local, and sustainable foods to the minds and plates of all students. 
Our conference aims to celebrate the impact of both budding and established school food initiatives, welcome diverse perspectives to share their experiences and knowledge, and leave our community with a revitalized sense of connectedness and empowerment.  
Let's harvest connections, ideas and community together on May 17 - 19, 2023! Registration opens early 2023.
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 three-day 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
Location
The AMS Nest, University of British Columbia
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 excited to host the conference in this spacious, open, light-filled space that's intentionally designed to encourage interaction and imagination. 
Sustainability is high on Farm to School BC's list of priorities and a core part of The Nest's identity. This building has a LEED+ Platinum certification, which is the highest sustainable building status in North America.
© UBC the Nest
Program Advisory Body
Farm to School BC will consult and seek guidance from the Program Advisory Body (PAB) in the development of our conference program, including abstract reviews, and agenda development.
The PAB will consist of partners and Indigenous representatives who specialize in the following sectors:

 • Health
 • Agriculture
 • Education
 • Indigenous Food Systems
 • Academia
More details regarding the Program Advisory will be released early 2023.
Vision, Goals and Values
Vision
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.
Goals
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.
Values
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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