Farm Crops for the Fraser Valley
The rich soils of the South Fraser region are fantastic for many types of crop production, including fruit, vegetables, grains, and livestock feed. What you grow will depend on:
- The type of land you’re leasing
- The type of soil on your land
- The kind of farming you’re passionate about
- Your farming skills
- Which farm products are most popular on the market
Some of the answers to these questions can be found in the postings of our Land Leasing Map. When in doubt, choose a crop with a long growing season, to match the long frost-free period of the Fraser Valley region. A few examples:
- Fruits: pears, strawberries, apples, and hazelnuts
- Vegetables: squash, lettuce, potatoes, rutabagas, cabbage and broccoli
- Nursery products: Christmas trees, grasses, turf, flowers, and other decorative plants
For a full list of crops grown in the Fraser Valley, visit the BC Farm Fresh website.
Download one of the BC Government Crop Production Guides for detailed information on the farm crop you want to grow.
“Crop rotation” refers to alternating the crop you grow on a particular piece of land, to keep up soil nutrients and limit the spread of diseases and insects, such as corn rootworms. Some farmers do this from year to year, but you can also change crops seasonally. An example might be to grow a vegetable during the summer, then move to a pumpkin patch in the fall. Smaller Fraser Valley acreages will have less space to rotate crops than larger farms. You can find out more about the impact crop rotations can have on nutrient management from this BC Agriculture & Food Climate Action Initiative report.