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Awarding local food and agriculture in BC

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Jun. 20, 2013, Vancouver, BC - Buy Local. Eat Natural has announced a new BC-wide award entitled the "We Heart Local Awards" from July 1, 2013 until August 5th.

The award will invite all of BC to recognize and elevate key players across the food and agriculture industry throughout the province to help people get more invested in agriculture. The awards is thanks to a partnership between the BC Agriculture Council, the BC Ministry of Agriculture, the BC Association of Farmers Markets, the Vancouver Farmers Markets, LOCO BC, and The Georgia Straight.

"The We Heart Local Awards celebrate the passion British Columbians have for local, great tasting foods and the number of agricultural entrepreneurs that have turned their dream into a business here," says B.C. Agriculture Minister Pat Pimm. "I encourage all British Columbians to eat local, shop local, and nominate and vote in the We Heart Local Awards."

Nominations for the We Heart Local Awards will take place from July 1-15, 2013 in a variety of categories, including:

  • Favourite Local Farmers Market
  • Favourite Store to Buy Local
  • Favourite Local Meat or Poultry Supplier
  • Favourite Local Seafood Supplier
  • Favourite Local Winery
  • Favourite Local Brewery
  • Favourite Local Orchard/Fruit Supplier
  • Favourite Local Chef
  • And more!

Voting will take place from July 16 to August 5, 2013 on the Eat Local. Eat Natural Facebook page ( and will be open to anyone living in British Columbia.

As a special bonus, all voters and nominees will be entered into a draw or a chance to win one of 20 $100 gift cards to their local Farmers Market, as well as the deluxe prize: a weekend wine getaway in the Okanagan including two nights stay and dinner for two, featuring local, seasonal ingredients.

For more information on Buy Local. Eat Natural and the We Heart Local Awards, please visit

June 20, 2013  By Top Crop Manager


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