Farmland Protection Coalition

Presents a choice of two nights Oct. 28th & 29th

http://farmlandprotection.ca/speaker-series/

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Richard Bullock, Chair of the Agricultural Land Commission for 5 years before being fired by the BC Liberal government. He served until full implementation of Bill 24, ‘the bill that killed the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR).’  Bill 24 created much weaker regulations for ALR lands, and 2 ALR Zones. In the Northern Zone 2 “economic, cultural and social values; regional and community planning objectives; and other prescribed considerations” must be now considered in ALR land exclusions, instead of solely the quality of the land.  And all decisions to exclude ALR lands now rest with six newly created regional panels.

Harold Steves, considered the ‘father of the ALR,’ as he was the BC NDP MLA that spear-headed the creation of the ALR in the 1970s.  He has served on Richmond City Council as a councilor since 1968, he continues to farm, seed save, and ranch beef cows, and still finds time to be a staunch activist for preserving local farmland.

Nathalie Chambers, Madrona farmer and local farmland defender, organized a campaign and fund raised securing Madrona Farm as farmland forever entrusted with the TLC, the District of Saanich, along with her and her husband David Chambers, the 3rd generation of his family, to farm the land.  Her recent book, “Saving Farmland: The Fight For Real Food,” details the story of protecting Madrona Farm and is a model others can use to preserve farmland.

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