This report provides the results from a survey of 30 farmers conducted in 2017 to determine fruit and vegetable production.
This report summarises the results of an agricultural land use inventory completed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands (MAL) in September 2006 to capture the extent of agricultural development on Salt Spring Island.
This report provides the results from a survey conducted in the winter of 2015/2016 to determine the number of animals (sheep, cattle, pigs, goats and rabbits) and poultry (chicken, turkeys, laying hens, geese, and ducks) being raised on Salt Spring Island for meat, milk or eggs.
Salt Spring Farm Produce Centre – Consultation Summary: March 5, 2014 Storage + Wholesaling Focus Group
Information from the Agricultural Alliance Farmers Meeting Sunday, February 12, 2012. Purpose of the Meeting: To discuss the proposed plans for a farm produce centre on the Beddis Road site.
Farmland is not only a non-renewable resource, but it is scarce in BC (just less than five percent of the land base). Concerned about the irreversible loss of farmland and food security, in 1972 the Provincial government created a unique provincial land use regime, the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR), to protect this land base for agriculture.
This guide is designed to assist citizens in understanding both the importance of preserving agricultural land in BC, as well as the means to doing so.
The purpose of this study is to inventory key facts, data and information about Salt Spring Island. The project was commissioned and funded by the Islands Trust of Salt Spring Island, and the data compilation was completed by the Institute for Sustainability Education and Action (I-SEA), also on Salt Spring Island.
The number of farmers markets in Canada, United States, and Europe is growing rapidly. In British Columbia there are about 100 known markets, up from 60 known markets in 2000. This growth reflects the increasing role of farmers markets in local food systems and their contributions to British Columbia’s communities.
A healthy local agricultural system is necessary for sustaina bility in the Capital Region. Local agriculture can supply much of the local demand for fresh nutritious food in a world with increasingly uncertain food supplies. It contributes significantly to the local economy and is an integral part of the regional environment. Local agriculture depends on ecological goods and services supplied by natural ecosystems, including cycling of water and nutrients, pollination and natural pest control and it supplements those goods and services in an increasingly urbanized region. Local farmland complements natural ecosystems in providing habitat and supporting native biodiversity. Local agriculture may help reduce greenhouse gas emissions through carbon sequestration, recycling of appropriately-processed organic wastes and via reduced transportation of locally-consumed food. Environmental challenges to local agriculture include climate change and increasing competition for land and water as population and urbanization increase in the Capital Region