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.

Agricultural Opportunities Assessments by First Nation and Year
First Nation Location Year First Nation Location Year
      Lytton Lytton 201516
Xaxli'p Lillooet 201415 Lower Similkameen Keremeos 201415
Tl'etinqox Alexis Creek 201415 Okanagan Vernon 201415
Wispering Pines/Clinton Kamloops 201415 Tobacco Plains Grasmere 201415
St Mary's Cranbrook 201314 Soowahlie Cultus Lake 201314
Yunesit'in Hanceville 201314 Xeni Gwet'in Nehamiah Valley 201314
Tsawout Saanichton 201314 Halalt Chemainus 201314
Seabird Island Agassiz 201314 Nak'azdli Ft St James 201314
Adams Lake Chase 201314 T'Sou-ke Sooke 201213
Splatsin Enderby 201213 Tl'azt'en Ft St James 201213
K'omoks Puntledge Courtenay 201213 Tsawwassen Tsawwassen 201213
Lower Kootenay Creston 201112 Nicomen Lytton 2011-12
Esk'etemc Alkali Lake 201112 Little Shuswap Chase 201112

Needs Assessment

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.

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: