Connecting Children to Their Food System
There are lots of wonderful initiatives in BC for children to learn more about our food system. We have searched our database and the Internet and are pleased to list the following for your use.
Growing Chefs is a non-profit society that unites chefs, growers, educators and community members in a food sustainability project. Check out their website.
UBC Farm – Vancouver
School Field Trips and Workshops
Welcome to FarmWonders by UBC Farm
More than just the food you eat!
The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC farm introduces FarmWonders Summer Camp: an innovative, educational and fun summer day camp for children ages 6 to 11. FarmWonders is a student-run community education initiative committed to promoting environmental awareness through science-based farm learning. We aim to offer a unique experience that allows children to explore the wonders of science at the farm and discover the mysteries of the food that they eat.
Cook Healhty Edible Food is an experiential, curriculum-based school program aimed at children in grades four and five that teaches students about healthy food: where it comes from, what it tastes like, how to prepare it and how to enjoy sharing it around a table.
These web-pages have information on how to care for various pet and has information about summer camps, events, and lots more.
British Columbia Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation
Agriculture in the Classroom is a non-profit foundation established in British Columbia along the lines of others in North America. Visit their web-site to learn more about their Resources, Summer Institute, Programs, Farm Tours, or to learn more about their new School Fruit and Vegetable Snack Program.
LifeCycles “Growing Schools” - Victoria
The Growing Schools Program is one of LifeCycles' many projects that educates about food security, urban agriculture, the environment, community development and health through the creation of an organic food garden on the school grounds. Our program has a solid reputation of working in partnership with schools and the District Facilities Department to implement long-term garden projects. Our vision is a garden in every school. Our Program offers an inspiration and a successful model for schools to implement gardens on the school grounds to use as an out-door classroom.
Maplewood Farm – North Vancouver
Maplewood Farm strives to provide a unique experience, incorporating enjoyment, education and a recollection of the rural heritage of this pastoral 5 acre setting. Visit their web-site to learn more about their special events, self-guided tours, or their pony rides!
Evergreen is a registered national charity founded in 1991. We are a national non-profit environmental organization with a mandate to bring nature to our cities through naturalization projects. Evergreen motivates people to create and sustain healthy, natural outdoor spaces and gives them the practical tools to be successful through its three core programs:
- Learning Grounds – transforming school grounds
- Common Grounds – conserving publicly accessible land
- Home Grounds – for the home landscape
Southlands Young Farmers Summer Camp
For Children aged 6-12 years old. Located in Vancouver.
Seasons of Food in Hastings Sunrise
A family program where both adults and children learn to grow, prepare and preserve healthy food all year round!
For Vancouver Island farm tours and farm festivals, please visit Island Farm Fresh.
These are some of the farms in the Lower Mainland/Okanagan that welcome families & children. These listings are from BC Farm Fresh:
Aldor Acres Ltd. – Langley
An award-winning farm in the Fraser Valley, long-time Langley farm people, the Anderson Family at Aldor Acres offers the real hands-on farm experience. Easter, Fall/Pumpkin Harvest, and Christmas all have set times as noted below, however, we offer much more. A dairy farm education tour, company gatherings, school/group excursions, birthday parties, short-term farmstays, mobile farm animal displays (petting zoo) – you name it and we will help you with your arrangements. Throughout the year, and when available, we have farm eggs, apples, beef, lamb, and pork. From farm animals to where milk comes from to Christmas trees to haywagon rides to fun, we have it all. And of course, Big Bob and Peter the Great will be there to greet you along with our two big white oxen, Zorro and Zeldo. Call the main farm number and we will direct you to the appropriate farm division.
Set time openings are Good Friday, Saturday, Easter Sunday from, 10 am to 4 pm. Fall festivities/ Pumpkin sales from Sunday, September 26, 2004 to October 31 from 9 am to 5 pm and Christmas tree U-cut tree sales 2 weekends only December 4/5 and December 11/12. Christmas tree sales will be accessed at 8249-252nd street. Follow the Aldor Acres signs. We can be open all year by reservation only group tours or parties, international and bus tours, dairy barn tours, and family events. Open rain or shine!
The Apple Barn Pumpkin Farm Ltd – Abbotsford
Exciting fall festivities and good old-fashioned fun await you at the Apple Barn. Enjoy U-pick apples, farm animals, hay rides, pony rides, hay maze, castle maze, orchard tours, and concession on weekends from September 11 to October 31. Pumpkins by the thousands can be picked from the patch all October. Our unique on-farm store, open daily in the fall, offers fresh apples, pasteurized apple cider, apple & pumpkin pies, honey, preserves, pickles, and other apple-related products. Educational farm tours focusing on apples and pumpkins are given in the Fall. Tour buses welcome -come pick large sweet apples, right from the tree in Sept. and Oct. – Gala, Honeycrisp, Jonagold, and Fuji. Please call ahead to book tours. New Parking lot at 270 Gladwin U-pick Farm!
Open September 11 to November 8, Monday to Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm.
Bakerview Eco Dairy, Abbotsford
The Bakerview EcoDairy is the first demonstration farm of its kind in Canada, showcasing innovative and sustainable dairy farm practices while inviting the public to share in the experience in a fun, and educational way. Families & children.
Birchwood Dairy's Farm Market
1154 Fadden Road , Abbotsford
We carry a full line of milk, dairy and old fashioned ice cream and frozen yogurt. In addition, we have added fresh produce, a delicatessen, espresso bar and light lunches. Join us at Birchwood Dairy's farm market and bring the whole family out to enjoy the farm animal display, play area, and picnic tables. Come on out for a "country experience."
Open year round. June 18 to September 12: Sunday, 11 am to 8 pm, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 8 am to 6 pm, and Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 8 am to 8 pm / October 1 to June 17: Sunday, 12 pm to 5 pm and Monday to Saturday, 8 am to 5:30 pm. Closed Easter Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
Country Bumpkins Berry Farm
41510 No. 3 Road , Chilliwack
Phone: 604.823.6844 firstname.lastname@example.org
We invite you to visit our clean, family run farm (one of the original homesteads of Yarrow) to pick your own strawberries, raspberries & blueberries! Or purchase them already picked for you in our quaint, old-fashioned country store. Our sun-ripened berries are bursting with the best flavors, as we use low or no-sprays when growing them! (Gotta love that!) We also offer fresh Okanagan fruits for your convenience. Come see us in the fall for specialty pears, and book one of our fun-filled pumpkin tours! Make it a family affair and have a picnic on site! Concessions are available. We'll be looking for you from June through October 31st. During the hot, sunny month of June, we will be open at 8 am for U-pick. We are located 2.5 km off highway #1 exit # 104, on the way to Cultus Lake.
Open June to October from 10 am to 6 pm daily, including Sundays and holidays. See you soon!
Chilliwack Corn Maze And Greendale Apple Farm
41905 Yale Road West, Chilliwack
Located in the beautiful Greendale area, come and challenge yourself to finding the one true way through our unique maze. You are provided with interactive passports that help lead you through the maze. Picnic areas, fire pits, apple U-picks and much more is available to people who make their way to our farm.
Open August 21 to October 31. Tuesday to Friday 6 pm to 9 pm, Saturday 1 pm to 9 pm and Sundays and Holidays from 1 pm to 6 pm.
Capella Farm Market
5276 – 160 Street, Surrey
We grow super-sweet corn, peas, beans, squash, herbs, tomatoes, gourds, potatoes, a full line of BC-grown vegetables, and U-pick pumpkins in October. We also have all other produce from local and U.S.A. producers including strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and all Okanagan fruits. We also raise beef, chicken, pork, and eggs. We also have a stand at Granville Island Public Market August to October 31. We also grow over 60 acres of hay and sell hay year round. Added features this year: 5-acre Corn Maze, Fall Haunted House, Farm Festivals, large picnic area with farm animal display. Call for details.
Open May 1 to October 31, 10 am to 6 pm daily, including holidays.
Cloverdale Farm Market, Pumpkin Patch and Haunted House – Surrey
A well-established farm in the peat rich land of Cloverdale welcomes you. Our Country store specializes in fresh berries, fruit, vegetables and BC crafts. Visit often. Farm Market and Country store, birthday parties, family and corporate events, farm school tours, giant corn maze, haunted house, pumpkin patch and hayrides. Our Giant corn maze is designed by 4-time Guinness world record holder Adrian Fisher, offering a fun challenge for the whole family. Join us for the day or try our evening moonlight maze for an even greater challenge. In our courtyard, test your skill with our mini mazes or enjoy an evening campfire. Cloverdale Farm Market offers a country experience you don't want to miss.
Market open daily May 1 through October 31, 10 am to 6 pm. Corn Maze open daily mid-July through October 31. Haunted House & Pumpkin Patch open throughout October.
Davison Orchards – Okanagan
The Davison Family invites you to our family farm in the beautiful Okanagan Valley, minutes west of downtown Vernon. You will enjoy a 60-acre working farm consisting of a variety of tree fruits, vegetables and flower gardens including apples, peaches, vine-ripened melons, and a host of value-added products. Try our famous fruit pies, fresh pressed apple juice or country jams and preserves. Take an orchard tour or come and celebrate the harvest at one of our many special events. Relax on our patio with a fresh cup of coffee and enjoy our spectacular view while the children visit the farm animals or play in the mini barn.
Open daily mid-May to October 31. Summer hours 8 am to 8 pm daily, Spring and Fall, 8:30 am to 6 pm daily. No admission charge. Davison Orchards, a family, a farm, a tradition since 1933.
Emma Lea Farms Ltd.
2727 Westham Island Road, Delta
Come out to beautiful Westham Island for a great family experience. While picking your own strawberries, raspberries, tayberries, boysenberries, loganberries, marionberries, and black currants, take time to enjoy the fantastic view of the countryside. Our customers tell us our berries are the sweetest, most flavorful they have tasted! We also have ready-picked strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, new potatoes and fresh vegetables grown on our farm. We stand behind our produce and guarantee satisfaction.
Open every day of the season, June 10 to August 10, 8 am to 7 pm. Call 604.946.8216 for up-to-date info on products.
Greenhill Acres – Chilliwack
A unique farm tucked in the hills of Chilliwack overlooking Cultus Lake. Come visit a Brahma herd and play at the Hillbilly Hilton. All the farm animals in their true working habitat. For sale in the “woodshed country store”: lavender, jams, jellies, pickles, preserves, beef, wild boar, crafts, garlic, honey, art. The blacksmith shop is available for demos and sales. The picnic tables are out and the antique tractors ready for hay rides. Greenhill Acres has an Easter basket hunt in Spring and showcases BC's biggest pumpkin cannon, “Pete” during harvest in Fall. Corporate, family, weddings, birthdays, schools, Brownies (camp sites available), seniors, friends. Tours open all year by reservation. Awarded “Best in BC” by BC AgAware.
Open all year by reservation or chance, 9 am to 4 pm.
Hazelmere Pumpkin Patch at Gabriel Farms Ltd.
18507 20th Avenue, Surrey
Phone:604.992.7748 Fax: 604.542.1205
Come and enjoy country at its best at the Hazelmere Pumpkin Patch. October weekends are filled with many fun family activities including U-pick pumpkins and gourds, hayrides, mini corn maze, petting zoo, pumpkin launching, pumpkin ring toss with proceeds going to the BC Cancer Foundation, face painting, concession and more! Educational pre-booked group tours are available on weekdays, October 1 to 31.
Open October 4 to October 31 to the public weekends only from 10 am to 5 pm, open weekdays to pre-booked groups only starting at 9:30 am to 3 pm. Friday ProDday 12 pm to 5 pm.
Krause Berry Farms – Aldergrove
Summer begins with the luscious taste of strawberries that have drawn loyal customers out to our farm for more than 30 years. We have been working hard to ensure the best berries in the valley. Come enjoy a morning, afternoon or evening picking your own beautiful fresh strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries (in season). You can also buy all your berries freshly picked, the best sweet corn, freshly dug potatoes and our fantastic Krause artichokes. Our friends help us to provide you with great local vegetables, Okanagan cherries and other tree fruits. Bring the whole family, kids play area available. Call ahead for up to date seasonal info. Our country store is stocked full of our specialty jams, jellies, syrups and gift baskets. Watch the bees making the honey we use in creating our line of berry/honey bar and bee soaps. No one leaves without a visit to "The Porch" for our trademark berry shortcake, or an old-fashioned berry milkshake. Freshly baked berry pies sell out daily, call ahead and we will reserve one for you! Our berry season extends into the fall including specialty squash, decorative gourds and pumpkin pies. After Thanksgiving, we close to prepare for our "Christmas in the Country" celebration. Visit our website for this year's celebration dates, hours and photos.
Open mid-June to mid-October and December, Monday to Saturday, 8 am to 8 pm, Sunday and holidays, from 9 am to 6 pm.
Meadows Maze/Cranberry Meadows Country Market – Pitt Meadows
For four years we have offered two interactive mazes in our 17-acre field of corn. Using GPS to map out the mazes makes them pieces of art and very challenging to solve. See our famous Lions "Goat" Bridge, the Bee Observatory, creamiest ice cream and homemade fudge. Hay ride with educating audio, picnic areas, fire pits, small and large party rooms, misting tent, concession, flush toilets, sweet corn and rich cranberries in season. Beautiful crafts and antiques, food products, jams, jellies & preserves. Special event days. Private, covered areas and packages for corporate groups, schools, other groups and organization. Special overnight camp-outs for scouts, girl guides etc. Group rates available. New this year we have sides of freezer beef raised without antibiotics and hormones.
Open July 31 to August 31: 11 am to dark every day / September 1 to October 11: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays, 11 am to dark and Monday to Thursday groups by appointment only.
Silverhill Apple Orchard
30111 Silverhill Avenue, Mission
Come visit our Orchard and Country Store in the beautiful Silverhill area of southwest Mission. We are ethical growers and sell 35 varieties of tree ripened. We do not use any toxic pesticides or fungicides on any of our products. "Try before you buy". Early Sunrise, Gravenstein, Gala, Cox's Orange, Pippin, Bramley, Boscoop, Rubinette, Northern Spy and many more. Also 20 varieties of Heirloom Tomatoes and other garden produce in season. Located just 3 blocks north off the Lougheed Highway, turn on Hayward St., right on Anderson, left on Farrington which turns into Silverhill Avenue. We are convenient to Coquitlam, Maple Ridge and Abbotsford. Look for us at your Local Farmer's Market: Lonsdale Quay, White Rock, Coquitlam. This year 'Christmas in the Store' with baking, crafts and Hot Apple Cider will be Sat. Dec 11 and 18. 'Health Note' try our own pure Apple Cider Vinegar!
Open for the Apple Season August 7; Tuesday to Saturday 10 am to 6 pm. Free-range eggs and produce in season year round. Please phone ahead for availability.
Trout Creek Farm
31474 Townshipline Avenue, Mission
Welcome to our wheelchair accessible U-Catch. Our two ponds are stocked with lively, tasty Rainbow Trout 12 to over 24. We provide fishing tackle and bait and we clean your fish too. We have BBQ's, picnic tables, a children's play area with swings and slide. We host company parties, fishing tournaments, birthday parties, etc. Come and enjoy!
Open March 1 to October 31, 6 days a week and holidays, 9 am to dusk. Closed Wednesday. Bookings required.
Westham Island Herb Farm
4690 Kirkland Road , Ladner
With four generations of farming experience, we are able to offer our customers the unique experience of observing how farm produce is grown and harvested. Walk on pathways throughout our garden and pick your own ingredients for dinner, or let us do the work. In Spring, we sell herb plants, bedding plants, and handmade rustic planter boxes. In June U-pick strawberries are ready. Throughout the summer we have a variety of organic herbs and veggies (artichokes, vine-ripened tomatoes, carrots, etc.). Don't leave before cutting a bouquet of flowers. Come Fall, our home preserves are ready (jellies, honey, vinegars) as well as a selection of soaps, dried flowers and other gift ideas. Choose your Jack-O'Lanterns from hundreds on display (over 15 different varieties), or venture out into the patch. Two weeks prior to Halloween, we have 150 pumpkins carved and lit nightly for your viewing pleasure. Look forward to seeing you throughout the different seasons. We are on the way to the Reifel Bird Sanctuary.
Open May 1 to October 31, 9 am to 5 pm daily.
Willow View Farms
288 McCallum Road , Abbotsford
Family-owned and operated since 1960, Willow View Farms offers a variety of our own fresh fruits and vegetables direct from the farm. We begin in July with raspberries, blackberries, saskatoons and rhubarb. Sept 1st our country store opens for fall sales. We offer a wide variety of fresh homegrown produce. Bring the family out to U-Pick apples, plums, corn and later on pumpkins. Our Apple Daze festivals take place on Saturday September 18th and 25th and our Pumpkin Daze festivals are every Saturday from 9 am to 5:30 pm and Sunday from 12 pm to 5:30 pm in October. Enjoy petting barn, hayloft maze, bin maze, hayrides and more. Indian corn, gourds, squash, potatoes and fresh pasteurized apple juice are also available.
Open July 1 to 31 and September 1 to December 24, Monday to Saturday, 9 am to 5:30 pm, Sundays (October only) from 12 pm to 5:30 pm. From January 1 -until sold out, Thursday to Saturday, 9 am to 5:30 pm.