Current Projects and Activities
All of these projects are currently in progress and hire UFV students as research assistants.
Building Agricultural Resilience
This project aims to strengthen the agriculture sector in southwestern BC by increasing the diversity of crop production and encouraging new and existing farmers to bring unused agricultural land back into production. The project is comprised of land use mapping, field trials, case studies and the development of marketing strategies. Funded by the Abbotsford Community Foundation.
BC Hazelnut Growers Association
UFV is collaborating with the BCHGA to increase hazelnut production and value added processing in the Fraser Valley. The project is comprised of field trials, engineering of new equipment, development of enterprise plans and public meetings. This project is funded by the Abbotsford Community Foundation.
Low Tech Urban Agriculture
The purpose of this project is to create a digital handbook that provides innovative strategies to support urban agriculture with very little capital. The strategies are aimed at promoting agriculture in less developed communities. This project is supported by the UFV Work Study program.
Importance of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program
Seasonal agricultural workers have become an essential source of labour that enables BC producers to remain competitive in a global marketplace. This research documents the effects of this labour source on production activities and regional food security.
The State of Agriculture in Punjab
Punjab is the bread basket of India, but the sector is facing significant resource and logistical challenges. This project will describe the challenges and identify opportunities for innovative solutions and technologies.
The Surrey Biopods located at John Volken Academy have been established through an innovative partnership of the City of Surrey, the John Volken Academy, and the University of the Fraser Valley, with provincial and federal funding administered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation. The state-of-the-art side-by-side greenhouses are used for research, training, and the production of food for consumption at the Academy and for sale in the Price Pro store. We are currently testing high diffusion polyethylene cladding, vertical growing systems and vegetable variety trials.
Inside the Biopod
Affinor Vertical Growing Systems
Affinor Vertical Growing Systems are demonstrating one of their vertical systems at the Surrey Biopods. By taking advantage of the vertical space in the greenhouse and utilizing individually supplied water and nutrients, the system is expected to provide more than 10 times the production per square meter than conventional bed growing systems.
Stairway to Strawberry Heaven in Affinor’s vertical growing tower