First Nations Agriculture Business Development
The First Nations Agriculture Business Development initiative supports the economic and social development of agriculture in First Nations communities in British Columbia.
Its vision is self-reliant, community food production and strengthened commercial agrifood ventures. Through strong relationships built on trust, understanding and respect, we strive to support First Nations in improving their agriculture and business management knowledge, skills and capacity. First Nation Business Development Agrologists are available to assist with agriculture endeavours.
Agricultural Opportunities Assessments
Agricultural Opportunities Assessments assist First Nations communities in determining the feasibility of agricultural development options. They include up to $5,000 for service from a qualified advisor to complete an agricultural opportunities assessment and/or business planning functions.
Work performed by an advisor could include meeting with the community, reviewing the current agricultural resource base, and providing a suite of agricultural options with economic analyses showing enterprises most likely to succeed. Access to this planning will enable communities, associated corporations or individuals to make more informed agricultural management decisions.
- First Nations Agricultural Opportunities Assessment Application (PDF)
- First Nations Agricultural Opportunities Assessment Example (PDF)
|First Nation||Location||Year||First Nation||Location||Year|
|Wispering Pines/Clinton||Kamloops||2014–15||Tobacco Plains||Grasmere||2014–15|
|St Mary's||Cranbrook||2013–14||Soowahlie||Cultus Lake||2013–14|
|Yunesit'in||Hanceville||2013–14||Xeni Gwet'in||Nehamiah Valley||2013–14|
|Seabird Island||Agassiz||2013–14||Nak'azdli||Ft St James||2013–14|
|Splatsin||Enderby||2012–13||Tl'azt'en||Ft St James||2012–13|
|Esk'etemc||Alkali Lake||2011–12||Little Shuswap||Chase||2011–12|
The following document is a record of process and responses regarding support for First Nations agriculture business development. It focuses a broad snapshot of the current level of agrifood activity, interest and needs as expressed by First Nations Communities across British Columbia.
- First Nations Agriculture Needs Assessment (PDF, 1.3MB)
Agricultural Land and Leasing
British Columbia’s agriculture is as diverse as its geography. Whether you are an orchardist in the Okanagan, a grain farmer in the Peace, a sheep farmer on Vancouver Island or a vegetable farmer in the Fraser Valley, the following guide provides basic information on leasing, including sample leases.
There are many references which provide information and considerations for leases and other forms of agricultural land tenure. Leases are legal agreements with potential for legal pitfalls and it is important to ensure agreements are fully understood by all parties and legal advice or services used as needed. Learn more: