An update from the Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiative Roundtable (CRFAIR) This spring the Capital Regional District (CRD) completed a Foodlands Access Program Feasibility Study (‘the Study’), the completion of which was recommended in the Regional Food and Agriculture Strategy. The purpose of the Study was to determine the best way to increase farmers’ access to land in the CRD. With input from new and established farmers, non-profits, existing incubator farm programs, local farmland trusts and local/provincial government representatives, the Study examined seven land access tools. One strategy is to create a local government supported, Regional Food and Farmland … Continue reading Update from Southern Vancouver Island: Regional Food and Farmland Trust
The Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) was established in 1973 to protect 4.7 million hectares of land in BC for agriculture – less than 5% of the province’s total land base. The ALR is managed by the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC). In 2018, there was a comprehensive review of the ALR, which led to recommendations to update the regulations on how farmland is managed in BC. We’ve pulled together the updates – check it out below! On February 22, 2019, the Agricultural Land Reserve General Regulation and Agricultural Land Reserve Use Regulation were approved by B.C.’s Lieutenant Governor in Council, bringing … Continue reading What’s New with Bill 52: Changes to the ALR
Join KPU’s Institute for Sustainable Food Systems for an evening in conversation with former Chair of BC’s Agricultural Land Commission, Okanagan farmer, and long-time proponent of BC agriculture, Mr. Richard Bullock. Bullock will share his vision for a strong BC agriculture future and give guidance on actions that can be taken towards it. The event will feature an opportunity for audience Q&A. Please register for FREE on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/richard-bullock-on-the-future-of-bc-agriculture-tickets-17521204394 Date & Time: Tuesday, July 28, 7-9pm Location: KPU Richmond Campus Room: Melville Centre for Dialogue (2550A) NOTE: KPU Richmond Campus is easily accessible on transit via the Canada Line (Lansdowne … Continue reading July 28: Richard Bullock on the Future of BC Agriculture, Richmond, BC
Jumping on the opportunity to research farmland in the West Kootenay By Rachael Roussin, UBC Master of Land and Water Systems Rachael Roussin is a passionate food systems advocate, a Rossland REAL Food co-founder, and a former Rossland Mountain Farmers’ Market manager. As a UBC Master of Land and Water Systems student, Rachael jumped on the chance to explore West Kootenay food systems issues. Her research into the region’s agricultural potential offers a unique perspective on realizing untapped capacity for local food production. I am a true believer in the value that increased local agricultural offers to our communities, economy … Continue reading Science says… Farm the Kootenays!!!
I was thrilled for this photo to come in last week! Thank you to the young farmers at Sea Bluff Farms in Metchosin on Vancouver Island, for being brave enough to send this out over the airwaves. It caused quite a stir. The CBC found it and CKNW interviewed us yesterday to find out more about this ‘social media movement’ of young farmers posting felfies (farmer selfies) for the ALR. Its phenomenal to see what a photo, with a message added to it can do in social media land these days. Keep sending in your photos dear farmers! Bill 24 … Continue reading Naked on the Bluff #farmers4ALR
April 2, 2014 – NEWS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Vancouver, B.C. – Concerns about the future of the Agricultural Land Reserve in BC were highlighted at a March 29th workshop hosted by the Pacific Regional Society of Soil Science (PRSSS), a non-profit organization for professionals and students in the field of soil science and land resource management. Themed on the intergenerational transfer of knowledge, the workshop drew soil scientists from around the province to discuss complex issues related to land use management and soil science, with a particular focus on the ALR. The workshop also honoured the life and contributions of Gary Runka (1938-2013), first … Continue reading Loosing Ground: Soil Scientists Raise Concerns About Potential Loss of Agricultural Land at Recent Workshop