Partticipants in the land matching program, Pravin Dhaliwal (right) is leasing 18 acres from Tony Gogol to start a vineyard in Summerland, B.C.  |  Tessa Wetherill photo

Putting land and farmers together

The British Columbia Land Matching Program connects farmers with land owners in the province. Young Agrarians organization delivers the program and 81 land matches have been made throughout the province. Darcy Smith, the B.C. land-matching program manager with Young Agrarians said the group has land matchers located throughout the province. “So, anywhere in B.C., farmers […] Read more

B.C. farmers forced to change the way they do business

Restaurant closures and increased consumer interest in specific products has had an impact on producers’ operations

Producers in British Columbia are seeing changes in how some sales are coming in with COVID-19 now a reality. Matthew L’Heureux, who owns Aurora View Farms with his wife near Prince George, B.C., has seen an increase in sales, especially their online sales. The beef operation offers home delivery and sells at a farmers market […] Read more

B.C. ag budget down from ’19

The latest British Columbia provincial budget, released last month, includes about $95 million for agriculture. Ian Paton, the Liberal agricultural critic, viewed the budget as disappointing. “(We were) looking for support for the grain industry in northern B.C. that went through a terrible harvest season for canola and wheat and barley up in Fort St. […] Read more

B.C., Yukon develop food strategy for northern Canada

The governments of British Columbia and Yukon are partnering for food strategies in the North. “In January, the ministers of agriculture of B.C. and the Yukon signed a memorandum of understanding. It essentially builds on the relationship between the two jurisdictions and acknowledges some key areas to work on around food security, around agriculture production […] Read more

B.C. farm, ranching, seafood, processing sales reach record

Annual sales from the farming, ranching, seafood and processing sector in British Columbia reached $15 billion for the first time in 2018, the most recent reporting period. According to the provincial ministry of agriculture, the increase includes four percent in food processing, six percent in agriculture and 11 percent in seafood. Consumers in B.C. remain […] Read more

Chefs, farmers meet at B.C. event

The second annual Every Chef Needs a Farmer, Every Farmer Needs a Chef event in Vancouver brought together farmers, chefs and other members of the food and beverage industry to share ideas and create new opportunities. “This is an event I dreamed of for a very, very long time even before I was a politician,” […] Read more

Food species face higher extinction risk: book

Examples include the once-plentiful passenger pigeon and silphium, a popular spice that the ancient Romans harvested to extinction

Lenore Newman, the Canada Research Chair in Food Security and Environment at the University of the Fraser Valley, has a new book coming out this October. Lost Feast: Culinary Extinction and the Future of Food is the second book by Newman. “The general idea is this: over time, we have driven certain food species to […] Read more

B.C. plans to revamp Agricultural Land Reserve legislation

British Columbia has introduced new legislation governing the Agricultural Land Commission. Bill 15, the Agriculture Land Commission Amendment Act 2019, was tabled in March. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham said in a news release that the bill better protects farmland and encourages farming and ranching. “We are ensuring the commission has the tools and the governance […] Read more

Program connects kids to food industry

The Growing Chefs program based in Vancouver is helping students learn about the food cycle. “Growing Chefs tries to get kids to think differently about food and want to transform the way they eat. We feel that too many kids don’t know where food comes from or how it’s grown and too many kids don’t […] Read more

B.C. chefs, producers connect over food

A conference to help connect chefs with food producers was held in Vancouver last month. The event, “Every Chef Needs a Farmer, Every Farmer Needs a Chef,” included farmers, ranchers and fishers from across the province. “I’ve been thinking about and dreaming about this day for a very long time. Back when I was a […] Read more