Chamber CalendarEvents for chamber members
The Chamber hosts a myriad of events throughout the calendar year providing opportunities to network, learn something new, and socialize within the business community.
Network to your heart’s content and take a tour at one of our Business After Business events held monthly in a variety of venues. Hear keynote speakers at a luncheon event or take advantage of a learning opportunity at a Lunch N Learn or workshop. Socialize on the links at our annual golf tournament or be entertained and celebrate Business Excellence at our premier recognition event. There is something for everyone and every schedule.
2021 June Virtual Agriculture Tour
The Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce's popular Agriculture Tour has gone virtual in 2021!
This year's tour will showcase the industry through "Agriculture, A Backstage Pass". We will explore three different agriculture sector businesses with video access to those farms or agriculture facilities that are not typically accessible due to biosecurity or the size of the group. Tour stops will be posted during the week of June 7-11, 2021 through social media. This is a unique opportunity to showcase the diversity of agriculture in our community and see the economic impact that agriculture has on Abbotsford and the Fraser Valley.
Click here to WATCH THE VIDEOS.
Stops on this year's tour include:
Mark Siemens is a third-generation farmer and currently takes care of the day-to-day operations of his family's egg farm in Abbotsford. He is also the president of the BC Egg Producers Association, an organization of farmers who discuss important operational issues such as animal welfare, disease prevention, and the latest agricultural developments.
Mark is a BC Egg Ambassador and, pre-pandemic, has volunteered at many public outreach events such as the PNE and Ask an Egg Farmer events at Save On Foods stores. He loves showing groups around his farm and takes pride in the novel aviary system he uses to house his hens.
Arendsdale Dairy Farm
Derek Arends is a third-generation dairy farmer. Recent expansion to their farm includes new dairy facilities, 40 cow rotary parlor, and new bunker silo to allow for increased storage capacity.
They manage 380 acres of arable farmland in corn and grass production. 618 kgs CDQ Dairy Quota. 470 Milking cow herd. 500 +/- young stock.
In 1974, Peter Warmerdam and his family purchased land in the Sumas Prairie Flats in Abbotsford where the farm currently stands.
Peter chose the Sumas area because the sandy soil made harvesting bulbs easier and the steady winds kept foliar diseases at bay. The ownership in the business eventually transferred to his sons and he became fully retired from working on the farm at 87 years of age.
In its 47 years in Abbotsford, the farm has expanded from a small operation to a company of nearly 100 employees. Today, Peter's son Nick owns and operates Lakeland Flowers which continues to grow millions of beautiful daffodils, tulips, peonies, and sunflowers each year.