Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

March 25, 2009 14:09 ET

The Government of Canada Invites British Columbians to Learn, Explore and Discover Agriculture in the City!

BURNABY, BRITISH-COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 25, 2009) - Living in the city may feel a long way from the farm, but every day you eat, wear, drive or touch a piece of agriculture. From Friday, March 27, to Sunday, March 29, 2009, you can discover agriculture in the heart of Burnaby at Metropolis at Metrotown's Grand Court.

Discover Agriculture in the City is a free, three-day event that features interactive displays and demonstrations to help people discover how agriculture affects their day-to-day lives.

From farmers to scientists to retailers, the agriculture and agri-food industry represents thousands of jobs and billions of dollars to our economy. The agriculture and agri-food system contributes over $85 billion to Canada's economy, representing about eight per cent of Canada's gross domestic product. One in eight jobs in Canada depends on the agriculture industry.

Visitors to Discover Agriculture in the City will see the diversity of B.C. agriculture and food and gain a better appreciation for what is involved in producing the many farm products British Columbians enjoy every day.

In addition to featuring over a dozen interactive exhibits, Discover Agriculture in the City invites visitors to experience live presentations on the feature stage, including cooking demonstrations, "ask the expert" sessions, and a free family concert on Saturday afternoon.

Program highlights include a Saturday morning visit from AAFC research scientist Dr. Fred Silversides and his Barred Plymouth Rock chickens to learn about chicken breeds and behaviour; a presentation from the 4-H Ambassadors about opportunities for learning and leadership that 4-H offers urban and rural youth; and tips on controlling weeds and invasive plants.

Leave your mark by helping to plant the City of Burnaby Eco-Sculptures, get a close up look at the secret life of bees and other good bugs that help food grow, or try your hand at milking Delilah the electronic cow. There is something for everyone.

Discover Agriculture in the City is organized by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in partnership with British Columbia agriculture, food and research institutions.

For more information and a full list of participating partners, please visit:

Activity Stage Schedule

Friday, March 27
11:30 - 12:30 Kick-Off Event
1:00 - 2:00 Cooking demonstration - "A Taste of BC Cranberries"
3:00 - 6:00 The BEAT 94.5 On-Site Broadcast
6:00 - 8:00 UBC Wine Quality Research - Learn to identify wine faults

Saturday, March 28
9:30 - 11:00 Ask the Expert - Dr. Fred Silversides, Agriculture and
Agri-Food Canada - Visit live chickens and learn about
caring for poultry.
11:00 - 12:00 4H Ambassadors - Youth learning and leadership
12:30 - 1:30 Cooking demonstration - "A Taste of BC Beef"
2:30 - 3:30 Free Family Concert - Snack Attack Band
4:30 - 5:30 Cooking demonstration - "A Taste of BC Dairy"
6:00 - 8:00 UBC Wine Quality Research - Learn to identify wine faults

Sunday, March 29
11:00 - 12:00 Ask the Expert - Tom Baumann, University of Fraser Valley
- Berry varieties for home and garden
12:00 - 1:00 Cooking demonstration - "A Taste of BC Dairy"
1:00 - 2:00 Ask the Expert - Paul Gumprich, University of Fraser
Valley - Raising cattle and on-farm food safety
2:00 - 3:00 Cooking demonstration - "A Taste of BC Beef"
3:00 - 4:00 Ask the Expert - Victoria Brookes, Agriculture and
Agri-Food Canada - Controlling weeds and invasive plant
species in crops and gardens
4:00 - 5:00 Cooking demonstration - "A Taste of BC Cranberries"
5:30 Grand Prize Draw

Did you know?

- An average dairy cow produces about 100 glasses of milk every day.

- With 2.4 million square feet of mushrooms, British Columbia has 35.9 per cent of Canada's area of mushrooms.

- More than 80 per cent of Canada's red raspberries are grown in the Fraser Valley in an area totalling approximately 5,000 acres (20.2 square km). That's less than one fifth the area of Vancouver!

- British Columbia has 24 per cent of the total greenhouse area in Canada, with over 57.3 million square feet.

- British Columbia ranks first in sweet cherry production in Canada, marketing 8,138 tons in 2007 (roughly 85 per cent of Canada's production) with a farm gate value of about $26 million (88 per cent of the national farm gate value).

- Each year, 6.8 billion eggs are produced in Canada by more than 25 million laying hens.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Tamara Leigh
    Senior Communications Advisor
    Cell: 604-828-2501