AGRICULTURE Abbotsford’s Economic Engine


Delegation July 12, 2010 re preserving farmland and supporting rural communities

B.C. Ministry of Agriculture and Lands, 2004, Farmland Use in Abbotsford

http://www.agf.gov.bc.ca/resmgmt/sf/gis/lui_reports/Abbotsford2004_FarmlandUseReport.pdf

“Currently only 8.3% of the available farmland (ALR) in Abbotsford is not farmed. This

land can generally be characterized as small lots in the upland area with 53% forested5.

There are just 25 parcels of unused farmland over 8 hectares acres6 in Abbotsford with only

six of them located in the Matsqui, Sumas, Airport areas. The average size of the

unfarmed parcels is 2.0 ha while the average size of farmed parcels is 7.3 ha.

Small lots can effectively be used for some large output agriculture operations such as

mushrooms, floriculture greenhouses, poultry and container nurseries. Small lots can also

be used by start-up farmers, farmers testing new technologies or, through leases, provide

land for existing farmers needing to expand. Despite these opportunities, small lots provide

less farming choices than large lots. They specifically exclude dairy, hogs and vegetable

greenhouses and limit expansion in poultry.” Pg. i- ii

B. C. Ministry of Agriculture and Lands, 2005, Food Self Reliance Report

www.agf.gov.bc.ca/resmgmt/Food_Self_Reliance/BCFoodSelfReliance_Report.pdf

Summary of Comparison of Food Consumed in B.C. and Food Produced in B.C.

Food Group

Grown in B.C.

B.C. Consumption Million Kg’s

B.C Production Million Kg’s

% Self-Reliant

Dairy

1080

617

57%

Meat and Alternatives

467

298

64%

Vegetables

764

331

43%

Fruit

172

273

159%

Grain for Food

315

43

14%

Total – Grown in B.C.

2798

1562

56%

Fruit – Not Grown in B.C.

310

Vegetables- Not Grown in B.C.

1

Sugar

136

Total – B.C.

3245

1562

48%

POLICIES TO PROMOTE THE SECURITY AND DEVELOPMENTOF

FARMERS’ MARKETS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA

http://www.fairallconsulting.ca/thesis.pdf

Opinion Editorial Vancouver Sun June 16, 2008 Peaceful revolution in farmers’ markets
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=f9ef53b0-5d7f-4fe8-8f47-60d4d5abbc03
Historic City of Vancouver by-law regarding farmers’ markets adopts Perrin’s recommendations

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