Young Agrarians potluck, Richmond BC
Oct 09, 2013

Options for Accessing Precious BC Farmland

Only a small percentage of BC’s land base is considered suitable for agriculture, and much of it is concentrated in the same areas that are most desired for recreational use and urban development. However, according to the 2011 Census of Agriculture, total farm area in British Columbia decreased by almost 8% to 6.5 million acres between 2006 and 2011; the average area per farm also decreased over that same period.

Sep 30, 2013

Announcing 2013 Land Award Finalists

The Real Estate Foundation of BC (REFBC) today announced that Vancouver-based social entrepreneur Carol Newell is this year's recipient of its Land Champion award. The REFBC's Land Champion is honoured for outstanding work in sustainable land use in the province.

Sep 25, 2013

The Landscape of BC's Local Food Movement

Over the next several weeks, in conjunction with the release of Young Agrarians’ Land Access Guide 2.0, we are highlighting individual leaders from BC’s sustainable food movement on our social media channels. The organizations they represent are just some of the groups working to enhance local, sustainable food systems.

young agrarians
Sep 11, 2013

CEO Blog: Land Access Guide for Young Agrarians

In 2012 a new group called the Young Agrarians started up in partnership with the Vancouver-based non-profit organization, FarmFolk CityFolk.

Watershed model (Photo: Wildsight)
Aug 22, 2013

Building Knowledge and Capacity in the BC Water Movement

British Columbia is home to nearly 450 environmental groups, over half of which are working on freshwater protection. These NGOs comprise a movement diverse in geography and approach.

Aug 16, 2013

Who Are BC's Water Leaders?

Freshwater sustainability is one of our core focus areas at the Real Estate Foundation of BC. That’s why we joined with the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance at the University of Victoria to publish a new reporton the state of the water movement in BC. This post looks at the people and organizations that make up BC's water community.

Aug 12, 2013

Spotlight on First Nations Housing

Ecotrust Canada's Green and Culturally Appropriate Building Design project is the subject of the third video in the Real Estate Foundation's Project Spotlight Series.

Jul 17, 2013

CEO Blog: State of the Water Movement in BC

Imagine a day without water. A day when you didn't eat or drink anything that was produced with water, wash or use plumbing of any kind.

Jul 12, 2013

Vancouver Island Trip

Jul 12, 2013

Vancouver Island Trip

The Real Estate Foundation Board of Governors meets quarterly to review and approve grants, and hold board meetings. Each summer we take these meetings on the road – to visit a different area of the province, meet with people and experience first-hand some of the work we have funded.

Jun 28, 2013

June Grants Approved

Summerland Ornamental Gardens
Jun 28, 2013

June Grants Approved

The Real Estate Foundation approved a total of 15 grants totalling $714,640 at the June 2013 meeting. The projects are listed below in alphabetical order.