Climate and Weather

Farming climate in the Fraser Valley

 

Flood Mitigation

The Fraser River and its water levels are the region’s biggest concerns when it comes to flooding.

 

Irrigation

South Fraser farms get plenty of rain, but drought is always a possibility.

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Farming Conditions in the Fraser Valley

The Fraser Valley has outstanding growing conditions for farmers. These farming conditions make it a large and varied market where farmers produce over 200 commercial products like cranberries, raspberries, potatoes and corn that are valued locally and internationally.

The Fraser Valley often has cooler and wetter climates than the rest of BC. It’s also home to fertile soils, great for growing certain fruits and vegetables. Learn more about the region’s growing conditions and get information on how to manage your farmland for the crops you’re growing.

 

What’s Next?  Learn more about Fraser Valley’s Climate

Be Prepared, Whatever the Weather: Ron Tamis of Rodriso Farms

Ron and Pam Tamis took over a family beef operation in 2002, starting out with just 11 head of cattle and 1,000 bales of hay. Over the years, they’ve added a pumpkin patch, sweet corn, potatoes, squash, and a variety of other vegetables. The whole family helps out on the farm, including Ron and Pam’s three young boys.

“The best part about having a small-scale sustainable farm is that we can make a living for our family and do it together,” says Ron.

One thing the Tamises have learned over the years is to monitor the weather – and be prepared for anything. In general, the Fraser Valley has a perfect combination of climate, soil, and environment for growing. Thanks to mild winters and plenty of precipitation, a variety of crops thrive better here than anywhere else in the country. But farmers still need to be aware of the environment, and prepare for anything the elements can throw at them, says Ron. Contingency plans will help ensure you don’t lose your crops.

“In Surrey, moisture used to be the biggest issue you’d face as a farmer,” he says. “But the past few years are trending hotter and drier, which means you need to rethink crop selection.” For example: are you growing something hearty enough to contend with a drier overall climate? Should you invest in an irrigation system? You also need to be aware that climate patterns are cyclical. For rainy years, you’ll still need a good drainage system.

“While we’re blessed to have an ideal climate for growing a variety of different crops in the Fraser Valley, we also need to be aware that nothing ever goes as planned,” says Ron. “It pays to think about what you’d do in case of any possibility.”