My family and the long history of farming in Delta

I just saw this in the Dec. newsletter of the Delta (B.C.) Farmland and Wildlife Trust. It reminded me of the great resources we have in B.C for eating locally:

Delta farms grow over 1,200 tons of peas and over 3,200 tons of beans annually. Considering a family of four may eat a pound of beans or peas as part of their dinner, then local farmers could provide vegetables for over 8.8 million meals!

Earlier this week I attended the 130th anniversary of All Saints Church in Ladner, which was started after a meeting at my great-grandfather’s home. Looking into my family history records, I discovered that my great-grandfather, Thomas Ellis Ladner, who is best known for starting the first salmon cannery in the Fraser Delta, was also the first president of the Delta Farmers Institute in 1898.


About Urban Food Revolution

Peter Ladner is a former Vancouver city councilor, Metro Vancouver vice-chair and business owner who is currently a weekly columnist at Business in Vancouver newspaper and a regular contributor to, a Seattle-based online news service. He is the author of The Urban Food Revolution: Changing the Way we Feed Cities, published by New Society in November, 2011. For the past two years he has been a Fellow at the SFU Centre for Dialogue researching, teaching and organizing public events around the theme Planning Cities as if Food Matters. He was first elected to Vancouver City Council in 2002, was re-elected in 2005 and ran for mayor in 2008. He is a former member of the TransLink Board, and was vice chair of the Metro Vancouver Board. Peter has been the publisher, president and part owner of the Business in Vancouver Media Group, which he co-founded in 1989. He has a lifelong interest in growing food. As a city councilor, he worked with the Vancouver Food Policy Council in initiating the city’s program to add 2010 food-producing community garden plots by 2010. He is vice-chair of the The Natural Step Canada, part of an international organization that advances sustainability in communities and corporations. He has a B.A. from UBC and did graduate work at the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning. He and his wife Erica have four adult children.
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