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Vancouver Island - Coast Agriculture Highlights

EXTRACTS FROM THE 2012 CENSUS OF
AGRICULTURE FOR VANCOUVER ISLAND – COAST

 

The region produces a diversity of both crops and livestock. Crops include: forage, tree fruits, grapes, berries, field vegetables, greenhouse vegetables, nursery and floriculture. Livestock farms raise beef, dairy, hog, poultry and eggs, sheep, lamb, goats, and horses.

 

REGIONAL PROFILE

 

The population of the Vancouver Island-Coast region is 759,366, up 4.4% from Census 2006.

 

The area includes 7 regional districts: Alberni-Clayoquot, Capital, Comox-Strathcona, Central Coast, Cowichan Valley, Nanaimo and Powell River.

 

There are 3,000 farms in the region, an increase of 5% from the 2,855 farms reported in 2006. The region accounts for 15% of B.C.’s total farms.

 

The total farm area fell 3% in 2011. The region accounts for 2% of the total provincial farmland area.

 

In Census 2011, the total gross farm receipts in this region increased by 2.4% to $168 million from $164 million.

 

A total of 69 farms in the region reported producing certified organic products for sale, while 26 farms reported producing products in transition to becoming certified organic.

 

FARM ENTERPRISES

 

There was an increase in the number of hay and other crop farms (+82%), greenhouse vegetable farms (+36%), field vegetable farms (+25%) sheep and goat farms (+23%) and fruit farms (+8%), between Census 2006 and 2011. At the same time, there was a decline in the number of oilseed and grain farms (-45%), beef farms (-40%); hog farms (-26%); floriculture farms (-18%); dairy farms (-14%) poultry and egg farms (-10%) and nursery farms.