British Columbia is well known for its stunning natural beauty and laid-back lifestyle. Among the vast forests, snow-capped mountain ranges, winding rivers and vibrant communities, you will find a dynamic and thriving agriculture and food industry, led by dedicated and innovative individuals who believe in affordable access to fresh, healthy food – food that is grown and harvested responsibly and with respect for both the environment in which it is produced and for the people who will enjoy it.
To find this philosophy brought to life, look no further than the Lillooet area. The snow-capped mountains and forests lead down to a winding river valley which the vibrant town of Lillooet and the Stʹátʹimc First Nations communities call home. This part of British Columbia is blessed with long, hot summers and mild winters, abundant sunshine, and fertile soil.
Drop a seed in Lillooet and it will grow. Raise a herd or flock and it will thrive. With the best growing conditions in the province and arguably the country, it is no surprise that the best food in British Columbia is coming out of Lillooet.
The Lillooet Agriculture and Food Society (LAFS) supports its local farmers, ranchers, growers and other passionate individuals who are building a sustainable food system to serve local communities, the province of British Columbia and beyond. Our work helps them do their work by:
- collaborating on research, education and awareness initiatives that foster responsible growth of the agriculture and food system in the region;
- opening up new opportunities and markets for local products and services; and
- identifying effective ways to get healthy, delicious fresh local food to the world.
How L.A.F.S. was born
The Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) Area B, District of Lillooet & St’át’imc Agricultural Plan (Ag Plan) Working Group created an independent non-profit society, the Lillooet Agriculture and Food Society (L.A.F.S.), to implement the Agricultural Plan and advance agricultural economic development in the Lillooet area.
The Agricultural Plan was adopted by the SLRD Board on October 1, 2014; it is the culmination of a year-long public dialogue concerning the future of agriculture in the Lillooet area. This Agricultural Plan is unique amongst agricultural plans in BC in that it was developed with extensive input from St’at’imc community members. Significant input was also gathered from agricultural community stakeholders and the public – this is a plan made for and by the community.
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