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.
In June, our staff and board travelled to the East Kootenays to learn about local projects and connect with communities in the region.
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).
The Real Estate Foundation's Board of Governors approved 13 grants at the June grants meeting, totalling $1,357,999.
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.