Farming important as economic driver

Keeping local land for agriculture is not only about food security, natural beauty, and the environment.

Dear Editor:

Keeping local land for agriculture is not only about food security, natural beauty, and the environment. It is also about economic viability.

Forty years ago, when the Agricultural Land Reserve was put in place, nobody had any idea what the wine industry would mean to this area. Now it is one of our primary economic engines.

When I spoke at the high school about our campaign with Erin Carlson, we asked one class how many students had worked in agriculture — and nearly three quarters of them raised their hands.

If you agree with keeping Summerland’s ALR land strong, please show your support at our noon hour rally in Memorial Park on Family Day, Monday Feb. 10.

Alexander Thistlewood

Stop the Swap group

Summerland