Solar power demonstration site, Hazelton BC

Cynthia McCreery, Operations Director at Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition, with Leanne Sexsmith and Kelly Lerigny at the Storytellers Foundation solar demonstration site in Hazelton, a project was funded by the Real Estate Foundation.

Sep 19, 2014

On the Ground in Northwest BC

This summer, Grants Manager Leanne Sexsmith joined CEO Jack Wong and board member Kelly Lerigny for a few days of being "on the ground" with non-profits and governments in BC's Northwest.

Atira Women's Resource Society's Imouto container housing project, Vancouver BC

Atira Women's Resource Society built Imouto, a non-profit housing development created from shipping containers, in Vancouver's downtown eastside. (Photo: Atira)

Sep 08, 2014

Leading BC Research: Alternative Sources of Capital for Affordable Housing

Findings from a joint Real Estate Foundation of BC and BC Housing project profiling research on alternative sources of capital were featured at an international conference in September. The reports are available here.

REFBC and ALC meeting

Agricultural Land Commission personnel met with the Foundation's Sustainable Food Systems Working Group in August.

Sep 05, 2014

Connecting to Local Food

There's a lot more to being a grantmaker than just giving away money.

The awards will be presented at the Land Awards Gala on October 17, 2014 at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in Vancouver. Tickets are on sale now.

Jul 09, 2014

Announcing: 2014 Land Awards Finalists

The Real Estate Foundation of BC is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2014 Land Awards.

Gary Runka hiking in Mackenzie Valley

Gary Runka hiked the beautiful Mackenzie Valley in 2009.

Jul 09, 2014

Gary Runka Named 2014 Land Champion

We are pleased to announce that Gary Runka is the 2014 Land Champion award recipient. Mr. Runka was an influential, well-respected professional who worked with groups from every sector to facilitate solid land use planning and natural resource management decisions over the course of five decades.

Our staff and board walk to the Columbia Valley Wetlands viewpoint, just outside Invermere.

Jul 04, 2014

On the Road: Kootenay Edition

In June, our staff and board travelled to the East Kootenays to learn about local projects and connect with communities in the region.

Jun 26, 2014

June Grants Approved

Our board and grants meetings were held in Fairmont Hot Springs in June. The Board of Governors is pictured here overlooking the Columbia Valley Wetlands (L-R: Scott Ullrich, Anna Warwick Sears, Kelly Lerigny, Gerry Martin, Jim Rempel).

Jun 26, 2014

June Grants Approved

The Real Estate Foundation's Board of Governors approved 13 grants at the June grants meeting, totalling $1,357,999.

Sheep in Telkwa, BC (Photo: BC Ministry of Agriculture)

Sheep on a farm in Telkwa, BC. Photos below feature the Hwy 16 communities of McBride, Hazelton (tomatoes) and Vanderhoof (forage). (All photos in blog: BC Ministry of Agriculture)

Jun 16, 2014

Guest Blog: Beyond the Market Serves New Northern Farmers

Community Futures Fraser-Fort George is working with new farmers to connect them with land, information and other resources they need to succeed in the marketplace. There's even an A-Z Guide for New Northern Farmers.

The percentage of total farm operators under 35 has decreased considerably since 1991; at the same time, the value per acre of farmland and buildings in BC has climbed steadily. (Roundtable images: M. Marrapese; all others: J. Dennis)

Jun 02, 2014

Guest Blog: Strengthening Regional Food Systems through Alternative Models of Farmland Access

Researchers at UBC's Faculty of Land and Food Systems teamed up with FarmFolk CityFolk to characterize the role of alternative models of farmland access to strengthen sustainable regional food systems. Read more to learn about their project.

Kin Park Youth Urban Farm was opened on April 6, 2013, transforming underutilized green space into the region’s first ever youth led urban farm, a social enterprise that increases access to local food and engages and educates the community in sustainable food production.

May 20, 2014

Guest Blog: Cowichan Green Community Is Sharing Passion for Food Sustainability

Cowichan Green Community Society is an environmental non-profit organization located in the Cowichan Region, and has been a leader in the food sustainability movement for over a decade. Read more about the work they are doing.