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Future development relies on rezoning of agricultural land

Kamloops consists of a mix of urban and rural land, but with a shortage of developable land within the city there is more pressure from developers and builders to free up more agricultural space. “It was fine. It did its purpose. I’m glad it was around, but as the city grows other things have to relax a bit,” says owner of DW Builders Doug Wittal, referring to the Agricultural Land Commission that regulates the use of agricultural land in B.C. “They have to figure out that we’re going to need that land.” Source: CFJC Kamloops | July 19, 2018

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BC Food Systems Network’s Gathering: Reconnecting and Reconciling on Syilx Land

This year’s BC Food Systems Network (BCFSN) Gathering brought together 123 participants, plus children, to the En’owkin Centre on Syilx land near Penticton, BC. The theme of this year’s gathering, the network’s 18th annual, was Reconciling Cultures and Re-connecting Foodscapes and marked the 10th anniversary of the Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty.

The Gathering was an opportunity for various cultures to come together with the Syilx and other Indigenous people to explore what it means to truly reconcile with the first peoples and to honour the lands and waters that are so vital to our food systems and community well-being.

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A new method to preserve ALR land

On Tuesday, Maple Ridge, B.C.’s city council agreed to consider a new way to protect prime farmland. Councillor Gordy Robson sponsored the motion asking the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) to “explore the use of a land trust model to acquire farmland that would be made available to qualified parties for farm purposes.” Source: Farms.com | July 27, 2018

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LOCAL FLAVOUR: CRD weighing support for Food and Farmland Trust

As over 50 per cent of our farmers will retire in the next decade we are going to see a huge shift in land ownership. Will we see these valuable lands that have been stewarded for food production over time sold to folks who like the rural landscape and build large homes? Or will we find ways to keep this land in farming? Could a visionary regional land bank be an answer? Source: Sooke News Mirror | Septemer 3, 2018

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