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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.