Let’s Get Farming is taking place on April 4, 2019 at 7:00 pm in Council Chambers at the City of Maple Ridge (11995 Haney Place). The AAC has invited Dr. Kent Mullinix (Director, Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at KPU), Kim Grout (CEO, Agricultural Land Commission) and Chris Zabek (Agrologist, Ministry of Agriculture) to speak to the challenges and solutions to achieving food self-reliance as well as the importance of preserving farmland for future generations.
Everyone is welcome to attend. Pre-registration is not required but appreciated via email@example.com.
For more information, please contact Amanda Grochowich at 604-463-5221 ext. 5566.
Talking About Backyard Hens
Throughout 2018, the City of Maple Ridge’s Agricultural Advisory Committee (AAC) has been looking at options to accommodate backyard hens in residential areas in Maple Ridge.
Over the summer, City staff and members of the AAC attended community events to talk about backyard hens in Maple Ridge. Event information boards are available to review here.
At the December 11, 2018 Council Workshop meeting, City staff presented a summary of the consultation activities and feedback. A copy of the staff report is available here. The meeting was recorded and is available for online viewing here.
At the Council Workshop meeting, Council directed staff, in consultation with the AAC, to prepare an Options Report that would explore possible regulatory measures that could permit the keeping of backyard hens in Maple Ridge. The Options Report will be brought for Council consideration in the next few months.
Updates will be provided online as well as via email. If you wish to be included on the City of Maple Ridge Agriculture Update email list, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check back regularly for information about the conversation on backyard hens in Maple Ridge.
Food Garden Contest
Promoting food security, the AAC runs an annual Food Garden Contest for both Front and Back Yard Gardens. Participants are judged on the quantity and range of food grown, the health of the plants, gardening practices and the garden design. Nominations take place in June and judging is done in early August. View the winners of the 2018 Food Garden Contest.
Celebrating local food while supporting local food businesses, Golden Harvest pairs up local producers of agricultural products such as berries, vegetables, meats and cheeses with the culinary artists of some of the City’s wonderful local restaurants. These professionals create distinctive dishes that reflect the offerings of their restaurant and the diversity of our community. Another great part of the event is the culinary arts programs from our local high schools and local community college programs prepare delicious delicacies. It’s been a great way for students to learn and connect with the community.
Golden Harvest takes place annually in October. Watch for updates on Facebook.
The Maple Ridge AAC has a grant program that provides small disbursements to worthy organizations involved in promoting agriculture who may not qualify for other grant opportunities. The AAC also provides ongoing support to Country Fest and the Haney Farmers Market.
Interested in being considered for a grant? Fill out an application form (PDF).