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Place-Based Food Systems conference


August 9-10th, 2018
Richmond (Metro Vancouver), British Columbia, CanadaPlace-Based Food Systems: Making the Case, Making It Happen



August 8th, 2018

August 9th, 2018

August 10th, 2018




Pre- Conference



Welcome Addresses

The Honourable Lana Popham, BC Minister of Agriculture

Kwantlen University Elder in Residence

Day 2 Opening Keynote Addresses


Day 1 Opening Keynote Addresses


Day 2 Break-out sessions: oral presentations, panels and project showcase


Day 1 Break-out Sessions: oral presentations, panels and project showcase




2PM- 4:30 PM



Day 1 Closing Keynote Addresses


Day 2 Closing Keynote Addresses



Networking Reception (4:30- 7:30 pm)

Wrap up Keynote Address (5-6pm)


This conference will bring together academic and community-based leaders and change-makers who are working to understand and advance place-based food systems as a foundational element of sustainable society. Participants will share and learn about the latest research and on-the-ground experiences and identify directions for strategic, synergistic, and concerted future study and action.


In the midst of the of the neo-liberal globalization juggernaut, we ask, how can ecological, economic, and social capital be strategically and effectively directed to advance place-based food systems – systems that respond to the needs of and nurture the development of communities within the regions they serve? Place-Based Food Systems 2018: Making the Case, Making It Happen is a two-day conference highlighting the critical efforts of, and synergies between, researchers and community innovators who are working to forge vital place-based food systems. Participants will leave fortified with knowledge and understanding of the latest and best work making the case for place-based food systems, as well as innovative practices putting place-based food systems to into action.  Our intent is for participants to gain an empowering vision of the critical role that place-based food systems can and will play in achieving our sustainable economic, ecological, and societal futures, as well as a revitalized dedication to strategic, collaborative, and forceful strategies moving forward.


Conference proceedings will be published in a special issue of the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development [JAFSCD]). The overarching conference session themes will be centered on the following questions:

  • How can place-based food systems contribute to sustainable human economies?
  • How can place-based food systems foster environmental stewardship and ecological integrity?
  • What policy and governance structures are critical to the advancement of place- based food systems?
  • How can we increase the capacity of place-based food systems?