Monday, February 15, 2016

Opinion

Is Ag-War Being Waged in Chilliwack?

Local food farms struggle against cartel, find more profit in growing hedges 

Myrtle Macdonald, M. Sc., Chilliwack

 

yrtle Macdonald directed some comments to the mayor of Chilliwack/FVRD chair.

 

Costs of produce at the Farmersí Market at Five Corners May to Sept, were higher than in grocery stores and commercial markets, so few people bought from them.

 

Sad to say much fertile land is used to grow cedar hedging and shrubs for landscaping, because farmers canít make a living growing vegetables and fruit. 

 

Please consider these points and give our local family farmers much assistance.  They are dying out.  Agribusiness is taking over.  There isnít even one real farmer on City Council. Councillor Chris Kloot is a real estate man and his wife and and a child run their indoor chicken business.  
 
It seems the Agricultural committee is under CEPCO's control. No wonder small farms are failing.
 
I know an Agriculture graduate from UFV who canít find a job.
 
I am one voice in a blind wilderness. Please wake people up. I pray you will no longer fail this horticultural community.
 
Just how could an entrepreneur do mobile marketing in a container freezer/frig as seen below, without strong support from you?

I care and I am 94 and still get around by walker. Donít expect me to do more than try to get you to do more. Do you care??

 

There should be passenger and vegetable marketing service on the Southern Railway line. Why use this former Interurban line just to trade with China? Students, support staff and professors could get to 6 university/college campuses on that route. Light railway can use the same tracks as freight trains. I am membership secretary and a director on Friends of Rail for the Valley, Inc. For info phone me 604-795-6390 or the president 604-823-6774, or write to me via e-mail here.

There is a huge farming area between Chilliwack and Abbotsford that is neglected by both municipalities, from Yarrow to Greendale along Vie Road through Arnold to Sumas/Huntingdon and through communities in Langley Township. Family farms have no public transport service. Youth have no way to get to high school, sports and social events. Too few children are left to have 4H clubs. Parents even have to get a second job to make ends meet. They are losing their youth, even though they like rural life, because they cannot make a living farming. That means every small family needs two or three cars, SUVs or light trucks just for commuting to second jobs, college, high school, and to buy supplies, go to social events, sports and doctorsí appointments, and to shop for foreign things and packaged genetically modified pesticide-laden food at Cosco and Walmart. Letís make it possible to buy locally grown fresh food 12 months a year.

Small family farms and acreages would produce saleable fruit and vegetables and free range eggs all year round, if there were mobile markets in containers. These could be on a converted bus, but better still on a refrigerated railway car. There could be a weekly schedule to stop in 6 different villages for a day. Produce not sold could be refrigerated or frozen on board and sold in another location the same week or several months later. This could be a year round service. However prices must be kept down.

 

 

Submitted Link: Off Grid Quest website below.

 

 

"Finding fresh produce sometimes is hard in certain urban areas. Mobil fresh produce vans are a great addition to the market place. I find this idea amazing and inspiring. Hope you enjoy the following read. Urban areas are difficult for someone who wants to maintain a fresh diet." See more here.

 

 

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