Farm Flood Readiness Toolkit

Farm Flood Readiness Toolkit


(2019-2020)

Upland was retained by the BC Agriculture and Food Climate Action Initiative to lead the creation of a Farm Flood Readiness Toolkit. The Toolkit is presented as a province-wide resource to assist producers in assessing flood risk and asset vulnerabilities, preparing a farm for flooding, and to identifying suitable farm-level strategies for reducing potential impacts associated with flooding. The Toolkit contains multiple Fact Sheets and associated Worksheets: the Fact Sheets are brief informational resources on specific topics and the Worksheets are interactive forms that can be adapted to best fit each producer’s operation. A completed set of Worksheets creates a Farm Flood Readiness Plan for the producer. The Toolkit provides resources on the types of potential flood scenarios that may impact a producer’s location as well as information on how governments communicate and respond to flood events. The toolkit provides farmers with relevant and applicable solutions and actions that they can undertake at the farm-level to prepare, and respond to flood events.

Visit the BC Agriculture and Food Climate Action Initiative website for more information.

BC Environmental Farm Plan Reference Guide Update

BC Environmental Farm Plan Reference Guide Update


(2018-2020)

Upland Agricultural Consulting worked with the BC Ministry of Agriculture on updating the reference materials that are used for the Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) Program. The update included investigating and adding relevant content regarding Best Management Practices (BMPs), integrating new and/or updated regulations, and aligning content with the National Environmental Farm Plan objectives. The activities performed included reviewing the current suite of EFP documents and identifying gaps in BMPs, completing a jurisdictional scan of BMPs from other provinces and the USA, identifying new BMPs to include in the reference material, and ensuring that all policies and regulations were accurate and up-to-date. This was done in part by compiling relevant material developed by provincial and federal partners through a literature review and interviewing subject matter experts.

The publications that were updated include the EFP Reference Manual, the EFP Planning Workbook, EFP Biodiversity Guide, and EFP Riparian Field Workbook.

Link: BC Ministry of Agriculture's Environmental Farm Plan program and associated publications.

 

State of Practices & Technologies Assessment for Managing Extreme Heat Impacts

State of Practices & Technologies Assessment for Managing Extreme Heat Impacts in the Fraser Valley

(2018-2019)

Upland Agricultural Consulting was contracted by BC Agriculture and Food Climate Action Initiative to identify current practices for heat abatement in the Fraser Valley. The focus was specifically on the dairy, poultry and berry sectors.

The objectives of the project were to assess the applicability of technologies and practices that may assist Fraser Valley agriculture producers with managing the impacts of extreme heat, both now and under future climate conditions.

An Extreme Heat Project was identified as a priority for agricultural producers in the Fraser Valley Adaptation Strategies planning process in 2014-2015, and this project was prioritized for implementation when the plan was revisited and updated in 2018 (Fraser Valley Adaptation Strategies Update). This report was informed by two phases of stakeholder consultation, a literature review, and a jurisdictional scan. The consultation included in-person and telephone interviews with over 30 individuals, including producers, industry experts, government staff, and consultants. The literature review encompassed over 100 reports and articles, and the jurisdictional scan focused on regions with regions already accustomed to higher temperatures.

The project provides specific recommendations to support next steps to develop of informational resources, to close research gaps and/or transfer to relevant information to producers, for each of the dairy, poultry and berry sectors in the Fraser Valley.

Link to the Fraser Valley — State of Practices & Technologies Assessment for Managing Extreme Heat Impacts: Project Report (PDF)

On-Farm Composting in BC: A Step-by-Step Guidebook

On-Farm Composting in BC: A Step-by-Step Guidebook

(2018-2019)

The guidebook was developed by Upland Agricultural Consulting for the BC Ministry of Agriculture with assistance from Ministry staff and interviews with BC farmers. This composting guide is a step-by-step handbook intended to help farmers choose a suitable system that will produce high quality compost in a cost-effective way, in order to minimize waste and maximize nutrient recapture on their farm. The methods and processes discussed in the guide are best described as small and medium-sized compost systems. The guide discusses steps farmers should take, from choosing the right material feedstock and composting system, to troubleshooting the composting process, to considerations for selling the compost and includes economic considerations for composting systems. The guide includes lists of resources for equipment dealers, composting testing and tools, and feedstock calculators.

Link: BC On-Farm Composting Handbook in BC: A Step-by-Step Guidebook for Small to Medium-Sized Farm Operations.

 

YVR Compost Quality Assessment

Compost Quality Assessment - Vancouver Airport Authority (YVR)

(2017)

Upland Agricultural Consulting was contracted by the Vancouver Airport Authority to interpret compost sample laboratory analysis results. The samples were obtained from the Airport's Oklin GG-2001 composter, which was installed on a trial basis at the food court in 2016. The composter treats food waste and food-soiled paper waste generated by restaurants and patrons at the food court. The final report included recommendations and guidance towards how best to use the finished compost material.        

Agricultural Water Use on the Sunshine Coast

Agricultural Water Use on the Sunshine Coast

(2015)

In this project, we met with producers and gathered data to understand how agricultural properties use water within the Chapman Creek water system on the Sunshine Coast of BC. This information was required in order to satisfy two important goals of the Sunshine Coast Agricultural Area Plan: increasing water conservation efforts and increasing local food production. This project also partly addressed action 2.1b ("Conduct a study of current & future water demand & supply for farming in the region") as outlined in the Sunshine Coast Agricultural Area Plan. The results from this work will help the SCRD plan for future water needs and improve conservation, education and outreach programs.

Link to Agricultural Water Use on the Sunshine Coast report (PDF) .

Guidebook for Agricultural Flood Preparedness and Mitigation Planning in Delta

Guidebook for Agricultural Flood Preparedness and Mitigation Planning in Delta

(2014)

Upland Agricultural Consulting worked alongside the Sustainability Solutions Group to develop guidebook for the Delta Farmers Institute and the BC Agriculture and Food Climate Action Initiative. The guidebook is intended to help Delta farmers reduce the impacts of floods on their farms through changes to drainage, diking, soils, livestock handling, and crop production. The guidebook uses a step‐by‐step process to help:

a) Increase understanding of flood hazards and mitigation strategies;

b) Create farm level flood preparedness plans and adaptation strategies for each participating farmer; and,

c) Identify key barriers to implementing flood preparedness actions at the farm level.

The guidebook provides a seven step process that identifies farm characteristics, explores previous flooding events, imagines future flooding events and the potential impacts of those events, prioritises strategies to reduce impacts and identifies ways to implement flood preparedness strategies.

Link to the Corporation of Delta's Agricultural Adaptation project page  

Cowichan Agriculture Extreme Weather Event Preparedness & Mitigation Pilot Project

Cowichan Agriculture Extreme Weather Event Preparedness & Mitigation Pilot Project

(2014)

This report details the work of one of four projects in the CVRD’s Regional Adaptation Strategies planning process. The process coordinates producers, producer organizations, provincial government and local specialists and local governments to develop climate change adaptation strategies for agriculture.  This report reviews the anticipated risks and vulnerabilities of agricultural operations in the Cowichan Valley Regional District area to extreme weather events caused or influenced by climate change, such as droughts (or extended dry conditions), forest fires, storms and floods. The report outlines strategies and actions agricultural producers and key partners can take to prepare for extreme weather events.

Link to the Cowichan Agriculture Extreme Weather Event Preparedness & Mitigation Pilot Project report (PDF)  

Powell River Regional District – Organic Processing Facility Feasibility Analysis

Powell River Regional District: Organic Processing Facility Feasibility Analysis (2012)

(2012)

In this project, we evaluated options for the management of organic materials produced in the Powell River region. Our project team studied the financial and operational evaluation of two different options for the future management of organics and compared them to the existing waste management system. The two scenarios evaluated were:
1) The Regional District implements a Source Separated Organics Program (SSO) to divert approximately 35% - 45% of the existing MSW waste stream (participation rates will increase over time) to an existing local (and suitably licensed) organic composting facility.
2) The Regional District build and operate (or sub-contract the operation of) their own facility. For the purposes of this report a publicly funded design, build, own and operate facility has been assumed.

Link to the Powell River Regional District Organic Processing Feasibility Analysis report (PDF)  

Greenhouse Growers Offset Protocol

Greenhouse Growers Offset Protocol

(2012)

This protocol was developed in collaboration with the BC Ministry of the Environment and was intended to be used for Programs of Activities (PoAs) where GHG emissions from a number of different project areas and associated eligible reduction activities are quantified and reported together as a single programmatic offset project. Upland Agricultural Consulting worked alongside Delphi Group to deliver this report.

Link to Greenhouse Growers Offset Protocol final draft report (PDF)