National Farm to School Conference

SAVE THE DATE: May 15 – 17, 2019

We invite you to join us on Canada’s West Coast, in beautiful Victoria, BC – the traditional territory of the L’kwungen speaking people from the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, and the SENĆOŦEN speaking people of the W̱SÁNEĆ Nations.

This conference will gather over 450 expected participants from across the continent for an opportunity to learn, celebrate, share and inspire the movement to bring healthy, local, and sustainable foods to the minds and plates of students in Canada and beyond.

Farm to School is bigger than what kids eat for lunch; it is about cultivating healthy, well-nourished students while simultaneously creating strong communities and resilient, sustainable regional food systems. The conference is sure to be of interest to:

  • Pre-school, School and Campus communities: campus faculty and administrators, procurement officers, chefs, early childhood educators, teachers, principals, parents, students, school district and school board representatives; school food program coordinators and funders
  • Policy makers: government officials at various jurisdictional levels, particularly from education, advanced education, health, agriculture and environmental sectors
  • Indigenous school staff and community members
  • Health professionals:  dietitians, environmental health officers, public health inspectors, community developers, and school nurses
  • Non-governmental organizations: farm to school, school food and student nutrition, after-school food programs, food security, sustainable food systems, healthy schools and communities, food literacy, and food sovereignty
  • School food supply chain representatives: farmers, fishers, food processors, food distributors, food suppliers, caterers, chefs, school/community-based gardens, representatives from farmer’s markets and community food hubs/centres
  • Researchers and evaluation staff: studying school food, student nutrition, and sustainable food systems
  • And anyone else who has an interest in the health and sustainability of people, place, and the planet!
Be sure to save the date and stay connected with us through our newsletter and social media to be the first to learn about exciting conference program details!

We’re now excited to share with you the following updates:
Call for Proposals

May 15 – 17, 2019 – Victoria, B.C.


Application Period: October 19 – December 14, 2018
Conference presentation dates: May 16 and 17, 2019

Invitation and call for proposals – Farm to Cafeteria Canada’s (F2CC) National Farm to School Conference will be held in Victoria, British Columbia, May 15-17, 2019 and we are now accepting proposals.

Want to stay informed on the latest conference news? Register for updates below.

Field Trips and Workshops

We’re adding a day of informative and educational field trips and site visits. Arrive a day early (May 15, 2019) and join others in exploring some of the most unique educational farm to school programs in B.C. We are still in the planning stage, but expect multiple locations to choose from, some of which will include in-depth workshops and/or site tours. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for details!


Victoria Conference Centre

The conference will be hosted at the Victoria Conference Centre (VCC), a national leader in hosting major conferences, meetings and exhibitions. We’re thrilled to be working with the VCC to ensure this exciting conference is a world-class event.


Our official conference partner providing accommodations is the historic Fairmont Empress Hotel, adjacent to the VCC and close to local attractions, shops and the stunning downtown Victoria waterfront.

Get connected – Don’t miss out!

Stay up-to-date for all the latest conference news by signing-up for conference updates. In addition to the call for proposals, registration details will be coming this fall, so sign-up to make sure you don’t miss out!  

Additional conference questions can be addressed to our Conference Coordinator, Marcus Lobb, anytime at conference@farmtocafeteriacanada.ca

We look forward to seeing you in 2019!