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)
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)
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.
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.
The City of Campbell River’s interactive Food Map promotes the growing, sale, production and consumption of local food products.
The City of Campbell River’s Food Map was launched in April 2014 and features hundreds of local products from a wide selection of restaurants, farms and retailers. The Food Map is an interactive online local food directory that helps to promote the growing, sale, production and consumption of local food products.
The Real Estate Foundation is part of the BC Water Funders group, which gathered informally for its first meeting of the year at the Watersheds 2014 forum in Duncan.
Last year was significant for the Real Estate Foundation of BC. Actually, every year is significant when we are able to support land use and real estate related initiatives that make a difference for BC communities. However, 2013 was the year that we...
The Real Estate Foundation's Board of Governors approved 16 grants at the April grants meeting, totalling $510,915, including $332,179 for Real Estate Industry Grants.
Dr. Anna Warwick Sears, Executive Director of the Okanagan Basin Water Board, was appointed to the Foundation on April 3, 2014 by BC's Minister of Finance.
Our AGM, board and grants meetings were held in Chilliwack on April 3 & 4. Pictured: Real Estate Foundation staff and governors and the team from the WaterWealth Project, who took us on a tour of the local watershed.
Scott Ullrich was elected Foundation Chair and Gerry Martin was elected Vice-Chair at the annual general meeting in Chilliwack on April 4, 2014.
As Foundation Chair, Eileen Smith spoke at a UBC Indigenous Planning Initiative event in November 2011. (Photo: University of BC)
It is with sadness that we announce the March 18th passing of Eileen Smith, former Real Estate Foundation governor.