Delta's Agricultural Adaptation Project
Oct 05, 2015
Delta is a special place where urban and rural landscapes blend together. Nestled between the vibrant communities of Ladner, Tsawwassen, and North Delta lies some of the most important agricultural land in British Columbia. Cultivated by families who have farmed this land for generations, Delta produces a significant amount of the fresh food that graces our tables.
It has been Delta Council’s long-standing goal to enact policies and make decisions that support and enhance agriculture in our community. In 2011, Delta Council adopted an Agricultural Plan for the community with the vision that, “Delta is a place where the business of farming can prosper while contributing vitally to the community‘s ecological attributes and social, cultural, and economic well-being.”
We are working hard to make this vision a reality by strengthening Delta’s agricultural operations to be more resilient to the impacts of climate change. To help achieve this goal, the Corporation of Delta provided funding and collaborated in a joint effort to develop and implement Delta’s Regional Adaptation Project for Agriculture.
The Project, lead by the BC Agriculture & Food Climate Action Initiative in partnership with the Delta Farmers’ Institute and the Corporation of Delta, brought together farmers, government and industry partners to develop climate change adaptation strategies for Delta's agricultural community. Funding for the BC Agriculture & Food Climate Action Initiative is provided through Growing Forward 2 – a federal, provincial, and territorial initiative.
"This project will help support the environmental sustainability of Delta farmers through climate change adaptation," said Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick. "We will continue to support our farming families, and the food supply security they provide us, by nurturing innovation as we work towards our government's goal of the B.C. agrifoods sector becoming a $14-billion-dollar-a-year-industry by 2017."
"I am pleased to provide our community with a new way to strengthen their understanding of local agriculture while learning about the challenges our farmers are facing,” said Mayor Lois E. Jackson. "This project will further support Delta's already strong agricultural economy and track record of excellence and leadership on projects relating to climate change."
Ongoing community support is vital for the success of agriculture in Delta. A key project strategy is an outreach campaign that includes a new website (Delta.ca/Agriculture) and a strong public education piece to inform our residents of the opportunities and challenges Delta farmers and agriculture face in light of climate change.
The outreach will also celebrate Delta’s agricultural heritage and raise awareness within the community about the types of farming conducted in Delta, while introducing residents to the farmers and the work involved in bringing a sustainable harvest to your plate.
Together, we can take steps to adapt to the impacts of climate change and ensure agriculture remains sustainable and viable into the future.
To learn more, visit Delta.ca/Agriculture