The New Farm Development Initiative is now complete. The initatitive ran October 1st, 2012 to March 31st 2014. The Initiative sought to increase the number of successful new farm entrants in the BC Highway 16 region from Valemount to Terrace by building and enhancing training and mentoring opportunities and increasing access to farm land and capital for new farm entrants.
Main activities included:
- Development of agricultural training and internship programs for new farmers in the region
- Raising awareness of the region’s agricultural opportunities and challenges to potential farmers within and beyond the region
- Improving access to the region’s farmland for new farmers
The hallmark publication of this Initiative, the A-Z Guide for New Northern Farmers, is available for download by clicking on the image below (1.3MB file size). Print copies of the guide can be requested from the Beyond the Market office.
Other published resources include a list of agricultural training, learning and employment resources in the region, and a list of recommended book titles for farming in northern BC.
The Initiative developed and hosted several seminars, networking events, and presentations. Below is a sample of what was offered, and further details can be explored by clicking on the poster images.. Organizations interested in running these seminars and presentations in their communities should contact the Beyond the Market office for further details.
The New Farm Development Initiative has been made possible by funding from the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George, the Regional District Bulkley-Nechako, the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine, the Omineca Beetle Action Coalition, the Real Estate Foundation of BC, and the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC through the programs it delivers on behalf of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the BC Ministry of Agriculture.