Ecological Services Initiative
2018 Farm Tour
The 2018 Township of Langley’s Agriculture Advisory and Economic Enhancement Committee Farm Tour was focused on farms located on the Bertrand Creek which are participating in the pilot Ecological Services Initiative/Farmland Advantage Program. The initiative works with farmers to support and improve environmentally sustainable agriculture practices along watercourses.
Langley ESI pilot update
The Langley Ecological Services Initiative is a pilot project working with local farmers to protect and enhance natural areas on their land, Now in its third year of operation, 11 farmers along Bertrand Creek are participating.
The Langley Ecological Services Initiative is the first program of its kind on B.C.’s west coast to reward farmers for maintaining eco-friendly areas on their lands. Such practices can be costly and the Ecological Services Initiative (ESI) was created to help farmers bear the cost of keeping waterways, forests, and other ecologically sensitive areas clean and healthy for current and future generations.
The ESI is a farmer-led program that supports financial incentives for agricultural producers who contribute to a healthy ecosystem. Maintaining areas to include practices such as a clean water supply, erosion control, pest management, and habitat preservation creates sustainable food production that benefits everyone.
The farmers currently participating in LESI are maintaining a second growth forest along the creekside, removing invasive species, then planting native species.
MetroVancouver CloseUp interviews with farmer Jim Dales, Township of Langley Mayor Jack Froese, and Langley Sustainable Agriculture Foundation President Dave Melnychuk as to why they support the Langley Ecological Services Initiative.
Learn more about our pilot project in the Township of Langley. Langley Ecological Services Initiative is working with local farmers to protect and enhance natural areas on their land.
Taking a look at participating farms
Farmers and other Interested people from the media and provincial and local government toured several farms that are participating in the Langley Ecological Services Initiative. The farmers are maintaining second growth forest along the creekside, removing invasive species, and planting native species.
We talked to Langley residents in the summer of 2017 at Aldergrove Fair Days and BC Rivers Day explaining Langley Ecological Services Initiative. In this pilot project, we are working with local farmers to protect and enhance natural areas on their land. These natural areas, including stream and wetlands that filter fresh water, and forests that clean the air, provide critical ‘ecological services’ that benefit us all.
Launched in 2016
An Ecological Services Initiative pilot project that will reward farmers for maintaining eco-friendly areas on their land is being conducted in south Aldergrove by the Township of Langley and the Langley Sustainable Agriculture Foundation. Throughout the Township, food-producing farms such as Councillor David Davis’s in Milner – which was recently visited by Dave Melnychuk of the LSAF (middle) and Township Mayor Jack Froese (right) – are also home to environmentally sensitive forested areas, wetlands, and wildlife habitats that need protecting.
The Langley ESI is looking for at least 10 farms to volunteer to join the pilot project. Farmers will receive annual payments to participate in the program and allow access to their lands for monitoring and ecological assessments. Farmers must be located along the main stem of Bertrand Creek, downstream from 264 Street at 24 Avenue.
Contact the Langley Sustainable Agriculture Foundation at email@example.com to apply.