Campbell River based conservation organization, Greenways Land Trust, is initiating the Strathcona Good Food Box program for six North Vancouver Island communities to make fresh fruits and vegetables easily accessible.Continue reading Fresh fruit & veggies: the Strathcona Good Food Box program
By Hannah Scott, Richmond Sentinel, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Richmond’s rich agricultural land is an asset the community holds dear. There are farms nestled in all corners of the city, but nowhere is more replete with agricultural land than the city’s east side, within the Richmond-Queensborough riding.Continue reading Election 2020: Richmond’s rich agricultural land
Marc Fawcett-Atkinson, Canada’s National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Yuko Suda is a farmer. A farmer who can’t afford a farm. Instead, she rents her land, an increasingly common practice for new farmers across B.C. — one she worries won’t be sustainable. It’s an issue facing most young farmers in the province, and it threatens both their livelihoods and Canadians’ long-term access to food.Continue reading Farmers Who Can’t Afford A Farm
By Roy L Hales
This is agricultural land capable of producing as wide a variety of crops as the Fraser Valley. Close to 9,429 acres of class 1-5 farmland will be flooded. Another 4,451 acres will be used for the dams, roads or is subject to erosion. Some of BC’s best farmland will be flooded if Site C is approved.
By Roy L Hales
Concerns about changes to the Agricultural Land Commission are growing. The Commission was established in 1972 and currently oversees 4.7 million ha of agricultural land, roughly 5% of BC. A leaked cabinet document, from Agricultural Minister Pat Prim’s office, reveled plans to divide the ALR into northern and southern zones, with the Oil and Gas Commission taking authority over the northern zone.
BC Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett claims that farmers are pleading to have less productive lands removed from the ALR.