Resources for New Farmers
Starting a farm can be overwhelming, so it’s helpful to connect with other South Fraser farmers who have gone through the process. There are many farming groups in the Fraser Valley, with farmers from diverse cultural backgrounds, who speak a variety of languages.
You can reach out for support and advice any time, but we suggest touching base with other Fraser Valley farmers as early as possible; for example, when you’re developing a business plan, putting together a promotion plan, or choosing which crops to grow.
These groups are a great source of help for beginner farmers, and anyone starting an agriculture business:
- Canadian Association of Farm Advisors: offers financial, succession, and management support, provided by bank advisors, management consultants, and farm-supply companies. The group also hosts events for Fraser Valley farmers.
- Fraser Valley Farm Direct Marketing Association: provides marketing support for BC farms.
- Fraser Valley Organic Producers Association: responsible for organic-farm certification in the Fraser Valley. Maintains a detailed membership listing of local organic farmers.
- Urban Farming Society: supports the interests of urban farmers. More than 30 Metro Vancouver farms participate.
- Young Agrarians: a network for new and young ecological and organic farmers.
- Community Futures South Fraser: provides loans and business-advisory services to rural communities in the South Fraser region.
- Commodity associations: provide crop-growing resources and crop-specific support:
- BC Blueberry Council
- BC Cherry Association
- BC Christmas Tree Council
- BC Cranberry Grower’s Association
- BC Cranberry Marketing Commission
- BC Fruit Growers’ Association
- BC Grain Producers’ Association
- BC Grapegrowers’ Association
- BC Greenhouse Growers’ Association
- BC Hazelnut Growers’ Association
- BC Herb Growers Association
- BC Landscape & Nursery Association
- BC Potato & Vegetable Growers’ Association
- BC Seed Potato Growers Association
- BC Strawberry Growers’ Association
- BC Vegetable Marketing Commission
- BC Wine Grape Council
- BC Young Farmers
- Food and Agriculture Responsibility Members’ (FARM) Community Council
- Fraser Valley Cole Crop Growers’ Association
- Fraser Valley Pea and Bush Bean Growers’ Association
- Ginseng Growers of British Columbia
- Raspberry Industry Development Council
- United Flower Growers’ Co-ops
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