Message From The Minister of Agriculture

Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick - headshot2016 Fraser Valley Farm Fresh Guide –The 55,000 British Columbians working in our provincial agrifoods sector not only provide us with fresh and healthy foods, they also contribute to the second largest manufacturing sector in the province and are an integral part of B.C.’s economy. About 20,000 B.C. family farms utilize 2.6 million hectares to produce more than 200 agriculture and agrifood commodities.

The Fraser Valley Farm Fresh Guide is the perfect publication to take with you as you tour the local area. It will direct you to valley food producers and farmers who proudly display their locally grown and produced food. I have great respect for B.C.’s agriculture community and the food supply security they provide us.

The B.C. government supports our sector through initiatives such as the Buy Local Program where we have invested $6 million in funding since 2012. We had $12.3 billion in sales of B.C. food products in 2014 – the highest ever. We want to build on this momentum and continue to work closely with agrifoods industry and increase overall sector revenues to $15 billion per year by 2020.

I want to congratulate the Fraser Valley Direct Marketing Association for their leadership in putting together this excellent guide for the local community.

Enjoy your visit!

Norm Letnick
Minister of Agriculture