Surrey Parks Agriculture Initiative
Upland Agricultural Consulting developed a comprehensive plan for agriculture within the City of Surrey's parks. The Plan provides a set of recommendations for managing parks that overlap with the Agricultural Land Reserve as well as broader recommendations for agricultural planning and the integration of ecosystem services. This report also examines the role that farming activities play within parks with regards to the agricultural economy, in creating educational and recreational opportunities, and connecting the dots between natural areas, ecosystems services and tangible benefits to agricultural productivity, soil health and water conservation.
A total of 18 parks were analyzed for their agricultural and food production potential as well as opportunities for enhancing ecosystem services and integrating beneficial management practices from the approach of regenerative agriculture. The project included:
- A focused background and literature review
- Site-specific analyses, including mapping and site visits
- Engagement with farmers, provincial and regional government staff and City of Surrey staff
- Outreach to the Kwantlen First Nation, Katzie First Nation and Semiahmoo First Nation occurred at the beginning of the project to inform the Nations of the project’s objectives and invite them to become involved.
For more information visit the City of Surrey's project website.