Posted  19 Mar, 2020 
In: Articles

Originally published March 19, 2020 on Young Agrarians

The Young Agrarians team has been brainstorming ways we can support farmers during these challenging times, and ensure our communities have access to safe and nutritious food.

Supporting our local food systems is more important than ever. Small farms will have a much harder time surviving the economic slowdown than bigger businesses. As restaurants and other markets close, some farmers are experiencing challenges getting their produce to consumers.

Fortunately, farmers are a creative bunch, and many are restructuring their sales channels to offer online ordering and contactless pickup and delivery to optimize safety and make sure their food gets to eaters.

We’re all in this together, and now is a great time to buy from your local farmer. 


1. Looking for a farm near you? Check out the U-Map!

Click on “Network” and peruse farm listings across Canada. Visit the farm’s website or reach out to them to see how you can buy their products safely. Here are some additional lists for Vancouver and the Kootenays.

2. Order a CSA!

Short for community supported agriculture. Pre-ordering CSA boxes (or gift certificates) now guarantees food for the season ahead, and puts money in the pockets of farmers when they need it most. Many farms already offer this, or are increasing the number of subscriptions now.

3. Online Grocery Delivery is a sustainable grocery delivery business. They operate in BC and Alberta, and for the month of March they are donating a portion of sales from women-owned vendors to Young Agrarians. Get groceries, grow a farmer! 

The B.C. Farmers Market Association is also working to get farmers markets online through and provide customers with on-line ordering options and potential delivery options. Check out this page for more info.

4. Shop at a Farmers’ Market

In B.C. most farmers’ markets are remaining open, as they are first and foremost food retail establishments for people to purchase food while supporting local farmer and producer livelihoods. They are not considered a high risk for transmission, and can even be safer than grocery stores because they are outdoors and have fewer people handling produce. Visit BC Association of Farmers’ Markets for updates and great resources.

5. Consider Working or Volunteering on a Farm

Farms of all sizes may experience labour shortages. Consider applying to work or volunteer on a farm (or at a food-related non-profit) this season if you are healthy. Social distancing can be maintained outdoors on a farm!

Looking for resources for farmers? Read our COVID-19 Resources for Farmers

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