UFV’s BioPods grow sustainable food and Agtech careers in the community

University of the Fraser Valley

The City of Surrey, the John Volken Academy (JVA), the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV), and educational partners have unveiled twin high-tech greenhouses known as BioPods, a City of Surrey vision and a signature made-in-BC agricultural initiative designed as a catalyst for agricultural research and innovation in British Columbia.

As the global population marches towards 9 billion in 2050 and arable land area shrinks, agri-technology — technology used to improve healthy food production — is emerging as a vital way of maintaining sustainable food supplies. Located at the corner of 135 street and 68A Avenue in Surrey, the BioPods provide a testing ground for new technologies and techniques that will have far-reaching benefits.

Agri-Innovation is a priority focus area for the City of Surrey and is part of the City’s Agricultural Protection and Enhancement Strategy, which focuses on specific steps that can be taken to preserve our land, enhance food security, and remain competitive in today’s marketplace.

“I am proud and delighted that this City of Surrey vision is coming to fruition,” said Mayor Linda Hepner. “In working in close partnership with the John Volken Academy and the University of the Fraser Valley to offer a curriculum to students, the City continues to support ways to find socially innovative and practical solutions to many of the issues facing modern cities and local neighbourhoods.”

Read more about the BioPods here.