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Climate Change Adaptation and extension for Small Scale Farmers

While much of our food is imported and/or transported great distances, Metro Vancouver is fortunate that the nearby delta, fertile valleys and a growing urban farming movement comprise our local food-shed. Supporting the urban and peri-urban farmers who grow our food helps to: 

    • increase the security and viability of our food system and 
    • improves the livelihoods of folks who are true stewards of the land and who utilize best practices that benefit us all.

In phase 2 of the project, Extension for Small Scale Farmers, we look to do site visits to 40 farms, and develop innovative solutions to issues related to climate change, increased pest pressure, soil degradation and water scarcity. We want to facilitate knowledge transfer between farmers, academia and industry to build the local capacity of the sector.

From small, urban food producers to farmers located on the peri-urban edge, this project acknowledges that one of the most valuable assets a grower can have is a network of resources to draw on that is rooted in knowledge of local conditions. However, given there are no dedicated extension services, there is a clear need for mechanisms for growers in Metro Vancouver to access and share knowledge, especially around topics of climate change adaptation.

Often, these growers are expected to deal with environmental challenges on their own and at their own cost. This project serves to support these growers in finding much needed solutions and best practices that are site specific, current, adaptable to changing conditions and, most importantly, shareable. In this way, farmers can access better information without huge costs and augment the collective knowledge base of farmers in their area.

Partners and Funders for 2016-2018:

    • Vancouver Foundation
    • Vancity
    • Whole Foods Market
    • Gow Jarrett-Millard Family
    • UBC Botanical Garden
    • UBC Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm
    • Young Agrarians
    • Vancouver Urban Farming Society
    • Kwantlen Polytechnic University Institute for Sustainable Food Systems
    • University of the Fraser Valley Agricultural Center for Excellence
    • BC Ministry of Agriculture and Food
    • E.S. CropConsult
    • Canadian Organic Growers

For more information please contact agricextension@spec.bc.ca

Society Promoting Environmental Conservation

2305 West 7th Ave 

Vancouver, BC  V6K 1Y4

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