The Greater Terrace area has a rich history of successful agriculture.

When the City of Terrace and the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine decided to partner in developing an agricultural area plan for the Greater Terrace region, they started by gathering baseline data to inform the planning process by completing an Agricultural Land Use Inventory (ALUI).

“If agriculture opportunities are to continue in the community and even be expanded, it is important that the assets and limitations of the agricultural land base are understood so they can be addressed,” says Ted Pellegrino, a planner with the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine.

“Improving our understanding of the spatial patterns of agriculture in the Terrace area is important so we can identify challenges and opportunities as we move forward with land use plans for our area. This is also an important public document that is available to those interested in agriculture,” he adds.

The results of the Agricultural Land Use Inventory revealed an interesting trend in food production in the area. Where historically farming was done on traditional, large acreage farms with good soils, more recent agricultural activities are being established on smaller lots in rural subdivisions in and around the City of Terrace.

“The attraction is largely based on the land availability opportunities of these lots rather than the capability of the soil for farming which was the historic relationship,” says Pellegrino. “The ALUI revealed that agriculture on small acreages is a significant contributor to local food production and creating land availability opportunities is key in our area.”

Funding: $9,571 through the former federal-provincial Safety Nets framework. (A0675)