BC Farmer’s Market Development Program Welcomes Nominations | Radio Netherlands
Farmers’ markets in British Columbia can now apply for funding from the governments of Canada and British Columbia, to help cover the costs of expanding local food and beverage sales and to prepare for events. potential emergency situations.
The new BC Farmers Market Expansion Program offers funding of $ 475,000, with up to $ 15,000 available for each eligible applicant.
The program aims to encourage more vendor visits and support emergency operations to ensure communities have continued access to food.
Lana Popham, BC Minister of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, said that “due to the pandemic and extreme weather events the province has experienced over the past year and a half, the importance of local food has never been greater ”.
Funding can also be used for signs, merchandising, storage, transportation, power, and operating costs.
Eligible applicants include non-profit groups, co-ops, for-profit corporations, local governments, and First Nations that operate a farmers market that primarily sells food and beverages from British Columbia.
It should be noted that a farmers market must have been in operation for at least one year (established before November 2020) or operated during the summer season 2021 to be eligible.