VIDEO: Chilliwack farmers in Victoria for B.C. Ag Day proclamation

Hatching egg farmer Sharmain Bennie and Rainbow Greenhouse owner Stan Vander Waal with premier

Chilliwack was well-represented this week in Victoria as two local farmers were front and centre at the provincial government’s proclamation of B.C. Agriculture Day.

Sharmain Bennie is a hatching egg producer from Chilliwack who was with Premier John Horgan and Agriculture Minister Lana Popham for the official proclamation on Nov. 7.

“As a young farmer, it was really encouraging to see how committed our government is to the sustainability of agriculture,” Bennie told The Progress Thursday. “They essentially committed an entire day to celebrate farmers and ranchers in our province, and to hear about our successes and challenges.

“As British Columbians, we are incredibly blessed to have access to the same fresh food products grown locally right here in our province, regardless of where we choose to shop. As farmers, we understand that building trust is a long term, generational journey that requires transparency and continuous improvements. And we are committed to that journey.”

Chilliwack farmer and BC Agriculture Council chair Stan Vander Waal.<

Along with Bennie, Horgan and Popham was B.C. Agriculture Council (BCAC) chair Stan Vander Waal who is also president-owner of Rainbow Greenhouses in Chilliwack.

RELATED: More support for farming is needed in Chilliwack producers say

“BC Agriculture Council and the government have an important role to play in supporting our agri-food system,” Vander Waal said in a press release. “By proactively working together, we can achieve mutually beneficial policies, regulations and programs that support the sustainability and growth of B.C.’s land and water based industries.”

BCAC is the only provincewide general farm organization representing the farmers and ranchers of British Columbia. BCAC serves nearly 30 commodity associations who in turn generate 96 per cent of the farm gate sales in B.C.

Popham said her NDP government is “planting the seeds of a stronger agriculture sector by revitalizing the Agricultural Land Reserve.” Popham said she is also restoring the Buy BC marketing program.

“The hard work of B.C. farmers puts food on our tables and brings jobs to our communities,” Horgan said. “We’re encouraging people to Buy B.C. food first because when people Buy B.C. they are supporting their neighbours and boosting our economy.”

Sixty-three thousand British Columbians work in B.C.’s agriculture, seafood and food and beverage processing sectors, which generates more than $14 billion a year.


@PeeJayAitch
paul.henderson@theprogress.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Surging Valley Huskers stun Okanagan Sun

The perenial doormat Huskers beat the perenial powerhouse Sun 22-18 in Chilliwack Saturday night.

Chilliwack soccer star helps UBC Thunderbirds get preseason hype

Coming off a stellar rookie season, Victory Shumbusho is one of UBC’s most dangerous scorers.

Documentary filmed in Chilliwack nominated in the ‘Wildlife Oscars’

Toad People is the only Canadian film to be nominated in this year’s Panda Wilderness Awards

Regional fire and police resources head up to B.C. wildfire fire zone

Both equipment and personnel are offering fire relief, traffic control, and more as needed

Chilliwack transit service expands this September

Among the service improvements includes expansion of the Fraser Valley Express, Route 66

VIDEO: Mud racing makes annual Chilliwack stop

Family-friendly North West Mud Racing Association event returns for fourth stop of circuit

Liberals scrap lottery system for reuniting immigrants with their parents

Lottery for parent sponsorship to be replaced, more applications to be accepted

UPDATED: Mother charged in death of 7-year-old daughter makes first court appearance

Aaliyah Rosa’s 36-year-old mother charged with second degree murder: IHIT

More bus trips coming to Metro Vancouver this fall

TransLink touts improvements when fall service changes take effect Sept. 34

Bear kills off-leash dog in North Vancouver park

There have been nearly 200 pet or livestock and bear encounters so far this year

Trudeau says he won’t apologize to heckler, pledges to call out ‘hate speech’

Prime Minister had accused woman of racism as she shouted about illegal immigration at Quebec rally

B.C. man builds 10-foot sign thanking fire responders

Ken Rawson built his “thank u” sign on Saturday as helicopters responded to fires around the province.

PHOTOS: Olympian Patrick Chan helps B.C.’s ‘SuperChefs’ celebrate 10th anniversary

Former figure skater among those at event Friday in Surrey

Smaller B.C. bus service prepares to replace Greyhound

Kootenay-to-Okanagan run would require online reservations

Most Read