Delta is a special place where urban and rural landscapes blend together. Nestled between the vibrant communities of Ladner, Tsawwassen and North Delta lies some of the most important agricultural land in British Columbia. Agriculture is vital to Delta's economic, environmental and social sustainability, and we encourage our residents and businesses to support local agriculture by buying and eating local, or by growing your own food.
Agriculture is a substantial contributor to the economy of Delta with total gross farm receipts of almost $170 million in 2010 (latest figures). In 2005, Delta was home to 3.3% of farms and 6.4% of the total agricultural land base in the Lower Mainland. However, Delta farms earned 11.5% of this area’s gross farm revenues and a relatively high proportion of BC’s total gross farm receipts. In addition, about 50% of the province’s potato acres, 50% of the greenhouse vegetable area and 25% of the field vegetable acres are located in Delta.
As agriculture shapes Delta's economy, it also influences how our communities grow. Most of Delta's farmland is located in the Agricultural Land Reserve, thereby restricting urban sprawl and promoting walkable, compact communities.
are family owned and operated.
Greenhouses take up only 1% of BC's farmland, but make up
come from only 200 acres in Delta.
green beans and potatoes are grown in Delta.
Did you know that over half of BC's green beans & potatoes are grown in Delta?