In British Columbia, farmers face innumerable challenges. Luxury mansions occupy the province’s most valuable agricultural soils. Drought, floods and wildfires wreak incalculable damage. Children jettison the family farm. Climate change forces young growers to contend with an uncertain future.
Jess Mackie travelled to seven farms and ranches to understand the day-to-day lives of B.C.’s small-scale producers. Their experiences defy easy categorization and their proud voices drive each story in this four-part series.
In This Series
The High Cost of Being a BC Farmer
Finding affordable farmland is increasingly difficult as nature and the market deliver their blows. Part one in a series.
Extra Jobs a Reality for Many BC Farmers
More than half of BC farmers hold off-farm employment. Part two in a series.
The New Face of Farming in BC
Increasingly, women are taking the lead in producing our food. Part three in a series.
Farming’s Fragile Future in BC
Land costs, climate change — and your food choices — threaten B.C.’s agriculture sector. Last in a series.