Fraser ValleyThe 31st annual NAFDMA (North American Farmers Direct Marking Association) Convention will be held in Abbotsford and Vancouver from January 31, 2016 to February 6, 2016.

FVN’s Sales Manager Ann Soutar-Britton is organizing the conference from the Fraser Valley perspective. For more information, you can contact Ann through the CONTACT US button at the top of the FVN page.

The Eastern show-runner is NAFDMA Director Charlie Touchette from Boston.

Chef Chuck Currie of White Spot fame and former Agriculture Minister Corky Evans will be  keynote speakers.

About British Columbia 2016

The annual Convention is heading to beautiful British Columbia for a five day/six night event comprising of bus tours, educational sessions, workshops and a business exchange.

It is a full immersion convention that brings farm direct marketers and agritourism operators from all over the continent together for learning and networking in Abbotsford and Vancouver.

Convention delegates will travel to Vancouver to begin their convention experience. The sea port city is known for its temperate climate while showcasing breathtaking views of the surrounding snow-covered slopes. Vancouver was recognized as the top city in Canada in Travel + Leisure magazine’s 2014 World’s Best Awards.

From Vancouver, attendees will also spend three days in Abbotsford. This convention schedule gives attendees the opportunity to experience the world-class farm marketing  and agritourism found in the Fraser Valley area.

Convention Highlights

Touring – Three days of the convention consist of NAFDMA’s highly rated bus tour farm visits. Each bus will have an individualized focus to give attendees an in depth opportunity to network and share subject matter that is important to them. All buses will visit some of the premier farms in the area, among them Krause Berry Farm and Estate Winery in Langley, Hopcott Farms in Pitt Meadows and Lepp Farm Market in Abbotsford.

Education – Learn from the experts in the industry during three days of Sessions and Workshops. You’ll gather immediate, ready to implement ideas and information on how essential business practices can help grow a farm business. Topics include finding the right Point of Sales system for your business, planning and building a new Farm Market, collaborating with others to build your reach and much more.

Immersion – Many of our past convention goers will tell you that the learning doesn’t stop when you step off the bus or walk out of the last session of the day. The idea or Aha! moment that can change your business and your life may be found in a hallway discussion, in a conversation in a restaurant, or a display in a little shop in downtown Vancouver.

Business Exchange – Meet with vendors in this unique trade show that features the latest products and services available for farm retail and on-farm entertainment. Build the relationships that matter to your business success.

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