Community Initiatives

The Agricultural Advisory Committee (AAC), in pursuit of implementing the Agricultural Plan, supports a range of community initiatives 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. 

Interested in participating? Start by taking a ‘before’ photo of the garden as soon as you can. Then fill out of a nomination form (PDF) and email the Agricultural Advisory Committee the photo & entry. The deadline to enter the contest is July 15, 2018.

Golden Harvest

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 in October. Watch for updates on Facebook.

Educational Events

The AAC hosts occasional educational events throughout the year. Stay tuned for up-coming events.

Grant Program

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).