Greenhouse Enterprise: Potential, Considerations & Planning

Presenting Organization
BC Ministry of Agriculture Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Are you considering a greenhouse enterprise in your community? Greenhouses can offer unique opportunities to increase food production and extend the growing season. This is especially true in areas of the province with shorter growing season. 

There are several key elements to consider prior to selecting a greenhouse design, site and enterprise model. Taking time to consider these factors ahead of time can help to avoid costly mistakes and potentially disappointing results. 

The Ministry of Agriculture has worked to produce a toolkit for Nations considering purchasing and installing greenhouses. This toolkit consists of this presentation and a complimentary workbook. The presentation will take the audience through the key considerations when endeavoring on a greenhouse enterprise such as:

  • Greenhouse design
  • Heating and lighting
  • Site selection
  • Related equipment and structures
  • Business planning and financial sustainability

The workshop will also provide a description of programs and services available to support Indigenous agriculture that are available through the BC Ministry of Agriculture and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. 

What Participants will Learn by Attending

  • Best Practices of greenhouse selection and development
  • Best Practices in business planning and enterprise development for agriculture
  • Details on agriculture related services and program funding and eligibility

Erica Nitchie, Indigenous Business Agrologist, BC Ministry of Agriculture
Doug Janzens, Agriculture consultant, Janzen Consultants Ltd.
Jeff Lang, Market and Industry Services Branch, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Presenter Biographies
Erica Nitchie, P.Ag: Erica works as the Indigenous Business Agrologist with the BC Ministry of Agriculture. She has had the privilege of working directly with many Nations throughout the province on various agriculture-related projects over the past 12 years. Erica earned a Bachelor of Natural Resource Science from Thompson Rivers University and has spent her professional career working in first forestry and then agriculture. Erica, her partner and two young boys reside in the traditional terriroty of Splatsin, near Enderby. 

Douglas Janzen, B.Sc.Ag, P.Ag, AACI, P.App. Douglas has over 30 years of experience in Agricultural Credit and Asset Valuation across western Canada. He has been a Professional Agrologist since 1990. Douglas has provided consultation services in all aspects of Agriculture ranging from Aquaculture and Field Cropping through the Cattle Industry and Supply Managed sectors, Vineyards and Wineries. Douglas is also a third-generation farmer on a portion of the land that his grandfather settled in 1932 near Chilliwack in the eastern Fraser Valley. 

Jeffery Lang, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Mark and Industry Services Branch. Bio to follow.