A greenhouse invitation in the Fraser Valley

Four Fraser Valley greenhouses can be toured on May 23

Owners of British Columbia greenhouses are inviting their neighbours and customers to tour four Fraser Valley greenhouses on May 23.

Owners of British Columbia greenhouses are inviting their neighbours and customers to tour four Fraser Valley greenhouses on May 23.

Owners of British Columbia greenhouses are inviting their neighbours and customers to tour four Fraser Valley greenhouses on May 23 and see for themselves how so much can be produced from so little, and for so long.

To visit a B.C. greenhouse is to look through a figurative – and rarely uncovered – window and see modern science’s solutions to the time-and-space restraints on food production that have challenged humankind since the first nomad planted the first grain seeds 12,000 years ago.

In B.C., greenhouse production of flowers and vegetables accounts for 21 per cent of total agriculture production. That production occurs on only 1/100th of one per cent of all the province’s agricultural land.

In B.C., too, greenhouse production puts fresh local vegetables on the kitchen table 10 months of the year.

The occasion is a BC Veggie Day promotion organized and sponsored by the BC Greenhouse Growers’ Association, owners of greenhouses in Abbotsford, Aldergrove and Surrey, which are opening their facilities to the public on May 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The greenhouses are Calais Farms, 34250 Townshipline Rd., Abbotsford; Peppertree Farms, 270 Gladwin Road, Abbotsford; Topgro Farms, 1110 264 St., Aldergrove; and Sunnyside Greenhouses, 1119 176 St., Surrey.

BC Veggie Day is supported by the B.C. government’s Buy Local Program and delivered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of B.C. with funding from the provincial agriculture ministry.

For more information, please contact Pam at Pamela Groberman Media & Public Relations at  pr@pamelagroberman.com or at call 604-644-1064.

The growers’ association website is www.bcgreenhouse.ca.