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Individuals, families, communities, and farmers shape how that future will look. At Daybreak Farms, we’re proactively building a smarter future that is based on the needs and values of our communities. We’re going to keep working hard to help build a healthy, sustainable future for all of us.

Community

We need to modernize and we plan to invest an estimated $10M in the farm.

Our buildings are old and we are not taking full advantage of new technology. We want to reduce our environmental footprint and keep pace with industry standards.

The zoning on the property needs modernization too. Historic zoning on the property prevents us from rebuilding or changing the footprint of our barns and other buildings. We have applied for a site-specific zoning amendment to allow us to make major upgrades necessary to meet new industry standards. Without this zoning amendment, we will eventually be forced to close.

Zoning Details and Updates
On Feb. 14, 2022, Terrace City Council gave 1st and 2nd reading to our application for a site-specific zoning amendment that will allow us to rebuild, significantly renovate, and change the footprint of our barns and other buildings. This will enable us to upgrade, expand, and meet industry standards for farm operations.

On March 23, 2022, Daybreak Farms hosted a drop-in community information meeting to share information about the zoning amendment application and farm modernization plans. The meeting was advertised for 3 weeks in the Terrace Standard and on Daybreak Farm’s social media pages, and invitation letters were hand-delivered to neighbours of the Farm. If you missed it, take a look at the posterboards that were shared at the meeting!

Long-term improvement plans include:

  • Replacing the pit-manure system (that gathers manure for months at a time) with a new system where manure is cleaned multiple times a week
  • Replacing or significantly modifying our three barns to meet current standards, improve ventilation & sanitation, improve living conditions for the chickens, and install new technology
  • Moving the feed mill from 4418 Eby Street to 4423 Eby Street to consolidate operations
  • Transforming 98% of farm waste into saleable compostable pellets
  • Creating new jobs and reducing our waste and methane emissions

You can read more about upgrades needed at the Farm and our proposed modernization plan in the report submitted to the City to support the zoning amendment application. This short article from the Terrace Standard summarizes our plans well.

We would like to begin upgrades and renovations as soon as possible, with a successful zoning amendment.

Neighbourhood Benefits

Reducing Flies

Our existing barns use a deep pit manure system – manure drops from the chickens into deep pits, where it accumulates for months. Once manure has accumulated under the barns for 6 months, it is cleaned out and taken away. This system can create undesirable odours and breed fly populations. Most farms in BC have moved away from this system, and it is one of the first changes we want to make in our modernization plan. With a new or renovated barn, we will eliminate the deep pit and move to a system of removing waste from the barns every day. This is expected to reduce the number of flies, particularly in the summertime.

Reducing Odour

We plan to transform 98% of our farm waste into saleable compostable pellets. We will do this by installing a conveyor belt that will transport manure out of the barn continuously where it will drop into a closed holding tank and be composted. The composter is completely sealed so that no smell is emitted. The output of the composter is a bagged compost product. The composting process will provide numerous benefits to the environment and reduce odours in the neighbourhood.

Consolidation

By moving our feed mill from 4418 Eby Street to 4423 Eby Street, we will bring all the farm operations onto a single site. This will eliminate the need for farm vehicles to be regularly crossing the street. We will also enclose some of the feed mill, switch all motorized parts to electrical parts, and reduce feed mill operation to once per week (from 3 times), in order to minimize noise.

Support Us
We are part of this community, and your support for our plan is important. Please support our zoning amendment application when Terrace Council holds a Public Hearing.

The Public Hearing is not yet scheduled, but we expect it take place in April or May 2022. The Hearing will be advertised in the newspaper, and we will promote it as well. When the Hearing is scheduled, you can support by:

  • Sending emails of support to mayorandcouncil@terrace.ca with a few details about why you support our zoning ammendment (please cc info@daybreakfarms.ca so that we know about your support!)
  • Speaking at the Public Hearing to tell Council why you support our zoning application
If you have questions about our plan or the zoning ammendment application, please send us a note or call 250-638-0777.

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