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More Farm­ers Get Ac­cess to Af­ford­able, Avail­able Farm­land

In July, more than 70 farm­ers from through­out BC found new op­por­tu­ni­ties in farm­ing com­mu­ni­ties through the BC Land Match­ing Pro­gram.

Quick Facts:

• 90% of the matches ar­ranged through the pro­gram are in re­gions with high real es­tate prices, in­clud­ing Metro Van­cou­ver, the Fraser Val­ley, Van­cou­ver Is­land and the Okana­gan.

• The to­tal num­ber of matches (81) made in BC: o Metro Van­cou­ver/fraser Val­ley: 26 o Van­cou­ver Is­land: 24 o Okana­gan: 21 o Columbia Basin: 6 o Cen­tral and northern BC: 4

• The new busi­nesses are farm­ing a range of agri­cul­tural prod­ucts, in­clud­ing mixed veg­eta­bles, sheep, goats, cat­tle, grain, hay, flow­ers, berries, eggs, tree fruits, buf­falo dairy, honey, medic­i­nal herbs and mush­rooms. news.gov.bc.ca/re­leases/2020agri00­44-001399

Canada, BC Sup­port In­no­va­tion on the Farm

BC com­pa­nies con­tinue to bring in­no­va­tion to the farm, us­ing tech­nol­ogy to de­velop new prod­ucts and pro­cesses that will sup­port food pro­duc­tion and food se­cu­rity in Bri­tish Columbia. The gov­ern­ments of Canada and BC are sup­port­ing 14 new projects with more than $2.4 mil­lion through the CanadaBri­tish Columbia Agri-in­no­va­tion Pro­gram to help cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties in the prov­ince’s agri­cul­tural and tech­nol­ogy in­dus­tries.

Sur­rey-based BC Hot House Foods is widely known for its green­house-grown cu­cum­bers, pep­pers and toma­toes. With fund­ing of over $380,000, BC Hot House is work­ing to de­velop a fea­si­ble method to cul­ti­vate green­house straw­ber­ries com­mer­cially in BC for peo­ple to en­joy year-round. The com­pany is work­ing with ex­perts from Europe who have had suc­cess in grow­ing soft fruit in pro­tected en­vi­ron­ments.

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