The Saanich Peninsula is a region built around its beautiful aquatic and agricultural landscape. Agri-businesses and farms not only create employment across the region, they contribute to the sustainability of the region’s food supply, they supplement the tourism industry, and they contribute in countless ways to the lifestyle of every citizen on the southern part of Vancouver Island.
Many regard small agricultural farms and facilities as something different than “business”. We do not. Agri-businesses face very similar challenges to regular business, with the exception that they cannot predict the weather or the price of the commodities that form the basis for their entities. For this reason, the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce aims to work with agri-business owners to improve the sustainability and competitiveness of the sector in any way possible.
The Chamber is exploring the following activities along with partners:
- Work along side the Peninsula Agriculture Commission as an added voice of advocacy of local, provincial and federal governments around issues affecting local agri-businesses;
- Provide on-going learning activities that enable agri-business owners with the tools they need to be successful business leaders;
- Provide pathfinding and information sharing for agri-businesses to ensure that programs, issues, and other essential information can help them make decisions and access programs that may help them;
- Build awareness in the region for the value of local food supply, the contribution of local agri-business on the local economy and quality of life, and the diverse array of products and services that are available in the region.
Leading agri-businesses in the region include: