Community Initiatives

The Agricultural Advisory Committee (AAC), in pursuit of implementing the Agricultural Plan, supports a range of community initiatives in Maple Ridge.

Food Garden Contest

Promoting food security, the AAC runs an annual Food Garden Contest, with the 2021 theme of 'How does your food garden grow'. The 2021 Food Garden Contest will be receiving entries starting on April 2, 2021. 
Participants are judged on the quantity and range of food grown, the health of the plants, gardening practices and the garden design. Judging will be done in early August by photo submission.

Enter yourself or nominate a neighbour by the June 30, 2021 deadline. The first 100 gardeners who enter can pick up a free bag of soil compliments of Triple Tree Nurseryland and Grow & Gather in Maple Ridge!

All types and sizes of edible gardens are eligible to enter : containers, raised beds, in ground

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Take a “before” photo of the garden as soon as you can.
  2. Send an email with the subject line "Food garden contest" to with:
    - The "before" photo
    - Your name, address, daytime phone number, and email address
You will receive an email confirming contest entry that can be used to pick up your free bag of soil!

The deadline to enter the contest is June 30, 2021.

Prize Draws from our Sponsors:

Prize draws include gift certificates for local businesses, including Humble Roots, Hansel and Gretel Bakery, Triple Tree, Grow & Gather, Haney Farmers Market and more!
Grand prize winners will receive a $100.00 gift certificate to Triple Tree Nurseryland and a photo showcase by the City.

Judging will be done in August and will be in-person if permissible, if not, you will be asked to submit an “after” photo. Grand Prize Winners will be contacted after judging is complete.

View the winners of the 2018 Food Garden Contest.

Educational Events 

Let’s Get Farming took place April 4, 2019 at 7:00 pm in Council Chambers at the City of Maple Ridge (11995 Haney Place). The AAC invited Dr. Kent Mullinix (Director, Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at KPU), Kim Grout (CEO, Agricultural Land Commission) and Chris Zabek (Agrologist, Ministry of Agriculture) to speak to the challenges and solutions to achieving food self-reliance as well as the importance of preserving farmland for future generations.

Stay tuned for more information and upcoming events.

Talking About Backyard Hens

Throughout 2018, the City of Maple Ridge’s Agricultural Advisory Committee (AAC) has been looking at options to accommodate backyard hens in residential areas in Maple Ridge.  Over the summer of 2018, City staff and members of the AAC attended community events to talk about backyard hens in Maple Ridge. Event information boards are available to review here.

At the December 11, 2018 Council Workshop meeting, City staff presented a summary of the consultation activities and feedback.  A copy of the staff report is available here. The meeting was recorded and is available for online viewing here.  At the December meeting, Council directed staff, in consultation with the AAC, to prepare an Options Report that would explore possible regulatory measures that could permit the keeping of backyard hens in Maple Ridge.

As a follow-up, on June 4, 2019, staff presented a report outlining possible regulatory directions for Council consideration.  A copy of the staff report prepared for the June 4, 2019 Council Workshop is available here (Item 4.4).  At that meeting, Council tabled the presentation and discussion to a future Council Workshop.

City staff presented the Options Report at the June 18 Council Workshop meeting.  Council discussed the keeping of backyard hens in residential areas of Maple Ridge and determined that, given the immediate priorities of Council and limited staff resources, that no further work on backyard hens would take place at this time. Council will re-consider this project during a future business planning process.  A copy of the staff report is available here. (Item 4.3) and the meeting was live streamed and available online here.

Updates will be provided online as well as via email. If you wish to be included on the City of Maple Ridge Agriculture Update email list, please send an email to

Check back regularly for information about the conversation on backyard hens in Maple Ridge.

Grant Program

The Maple Ridge AAC has a grant program that provides small disbursements to worthy organizations involved in promoting agriculture who may not qualify for other grant opportunities. The AAC also provides ongoing support to Country Fest and the Haney Farmers Market.

Interested in being considered for a grant? Fill out an application form (PDF).