Employee Handbook Workshops: CFSF created and delivered workshops to the Agriculture Industry in BC. The project consisted of full day workshops designed to help farms to create employee handbooks for their farms. Workshops were held in the Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island, and Interior of BC. Video content from the workshops can be viewed here:
Centre of Excellence: The Agriculture Centre of Excellence has been getting a huge amount of attention from government and industry and is a primary focus for the University of the Fraser Valley. Subsequent to the industry review we conducted with the help of Toma and Bouma, the premier of BC has charged the Minister of Advanced Education as well as the Minister of Agriculture to establish a Center of Excellence in Agriculture at UFV.
Farmstart: Community Futures South Fraser is looking to establish an incubator farm based on the model of the Ontario Farmstart,. The program would include training for new farmers, access to land and equipment, and on farm support and mentorship. Likely we will be looking to hire coordinator, a farm manager, as well as trying to secure approximately 50 acres of land to help incubate new farmers in the Fraser Valley.
Abbotsford: We have partnered with Tourism Abbotsford regarding the development and promotion of mountain biking on Sumas Mountain and throughout the Fraser Valley. We have been working to have signs to the mountain created, as well as improving directional signs on the mountains. We are also involved in having visitor maps upgraded, and having the local area featured on Mountain Bike BC; a provincial tourism website. We have also convened several meetings to promote the area as a whole, including Chilliwack and Mission areas.
Chilliwack: Plans are to create information kiosks at key recreation junctions such as the entrance to Chilliwack Valley with directions to parking or staging areas for various recreational activities such as kayaking, hiking, fishing, horseback riding or motorized recreation. We have also been discussing developing a project in conjunction with community partners that would target emerging markets such as Brazil, China or India. The goal would be to develop the area as a major outdoor destination to draw visitors from the huge emerging middle class of these countries and provide them with an authentic Canadian Tourism experience.
Economic gardening: Despite the name (no this program does not belong in the agriculture section) We feel that the program can be a valuable asset to our local businesses in helping them become more competitive. Similar programs have been very successful in Florida and other parts of the US and have potential to help our local businesses. The program works with local businesses to determine their greatest marketing questions or challenges and then provides market research to provide the answers to allow them to make strategic decisions that will help them grow their businesses. The program allows businesses access to information at a fraction of the cost it would normally cost these businesses to acquire this information.