The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George has adopted its first ever Regional Agriculture Strategy [PDF/4.3MB].
The strategy outlines a shared vision, goals, and actions for supporting food and agriculture systems amongst producers, the public, local government, Indigenous governments and other key players within the Regional District.
“The strategy lays out the plan to guide and support agriculture and farming for all seven electoral areas within the region,” says Board Chair Lara Beckett. “It provides a 20-year vision for agriculture with short, medium and long-term actions identified to strengthen and grow the food and agriculture sector.”
The Regional Agriculture Strategy identifies five main goals to support the vision that food and agriculture systems in the Regional District are resilient, prosperous and connected:
- local government policies and plans support the food and agriculture sector
- stability and diversity characterize regional food and agriculture sectors
- robust education and marketing programs enhance regional food and agriculture
- agriculture is regenerative and producers are prepared for emergencies
- strong networks and capacity help to sustain the regional food and agriculture sector
The Regional Agriculture Strategy was funded in part by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Government of British Columbia through programs delivered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC.
“Our government supports the good work being done in the Fraser-Fort George region to ensure the local food system is strong and resilient now and into the future," said Pam Alexis, Minister of Agriculture and Food. "The strategy provides a blueprint for how to grow the regional agriculture and food sector through collaboration and education while supporting sustainable practices, emergency preparation and climate resiliency.”