Maple Ridge Farmer’s Market Manager Hopes To Improve Appearance And Feel – Maple Ridge News

Federal and provincial funding requests are now being accepted for farmers’ markets across the province to welcome new vendors and maintain operations in the event of an emergency.

“I’m going to apply,” confirmed Alex Pope, executive director of Haney Farmers’ Market, which hopes to be able to refresh some of the market’s infrastructure – things like tents and tables.

The BC Farmers Market Expansion Program will provide one-time funding of $ 475,000 – with up to $ 15,000 available for each eligible applicant.

The main objective of the program is to: ensure that markets across the province come back stronger from their pre-pandemic operating levels; establish a solid foundation for future growth and long-term success; and supporting efforts to strengthen British Columbia’s food security.

The Funding is a unique, cost-shared, reimbursement-based program offered through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership in conjunction with the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets.

Farmers’ markets will be able to use the funding for signs and merchandising, storage and transportation, as well as electricity 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 BC food and beverage products.

A farmers market must have been in operation for at least one year, established before November 2020, or operating during the summer season of 2021 to be eligible.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Haney Farmers ‘Market was successful in distributing farmers’ produce to customers.

“Which is important for food security,” Pope said.

Pope now hopes to improve the appearance of the local market. He also applied for Buy BC funding to be able to wrap the farmer’s market van with graphics to enhance the presentation.

Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries for British Columbia, said the new funding for the program will help ensure that farmers’ markets can remain open and operate in the event of an emergency so that British Columbians can access the food they rely on.

“Through the pandemic and the extreme weather events the province has experienced over the past 18 months, the importance of local food has never been greater. Markets will be able to grow and accommodate more sellers while keeping everyone safe and healthy, ”the Minister said.

Farmers’ markets give people the opportunity to directly support local farmers, especially given the challenges they have had to overcome recently, such as floods and forest fires last year, noted Marie-Claude Bibeau. , Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.

“This investment will help BC farmers bounce back for years to come by ensuring farmers’ markets can serve our communities when needed.

Heather O’Hara, executive director of the BC Association of Farmers ‘Markets, recognized that the program is a critical investment in the resilience of local farmers’ markets.

According to the province, funding is provided by the Canadian Partnership for Agriculture, a $ 3 billion investment over five years by the federal, provincial and territorial governments to strengthen and develop the agriculture, agri-food sectors. and Canadian agricultural products. This includes a $ 2 billion commitment that is cost shared 60 percent at the federal level and 40 percent at the provincial / territorial level for programs designed and delivered by provinces and territories.

Applications will be accepted until January 28, 2022, 12:00 p.m. PT, on a first come, first served basis or until available funding has been fully committed.

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James V. Payne