From June 27 to July 3, 2023, the International Federation of Agriculture Journalists Conference took place. As a prelude to the conference, The British Columbia Farm Writers’ Association (BCFWA) planned a pre-tour of Western Canada. The pre-tour began in the Lower Mainland of BC, travelled to Calgary, and consisted of agricultural journalists from all over the world. The tour featured stops at various agricultural locations, including a greenhouse, a berry farm, a flour mill, and more.
On the fourth day of their journey, the group visited Zehnder Ranch, a Farmland Advantage site. Zehnder Ranch is located near Invermere, BC, in the East Kootenays. This site served as the very first FLA pilot site, all the way back when FLA was known as the Ecological Services Initiative and continues to be involved in the program today. Work done on the property includes fencing off riparian areas from livestock and establishing native riparian species in the protected area. Zehnder Ranch is also one of the participants in FLA’s Wildfire Risk-Reduction Pilot Project.
Dave Zehnder led the tour of the property and spoke of the ongoing restoration work on his family’s property and throughout BC being done by Farmland Advantage. The tour was received well by the agriculture journalists and has resulted in Farmland Advantage being mentioned in an article from Finland.