In 2016, the Vancouver Island region was home to 2,678 farms – 15% of the farms in BC. The region’s production is diverse. It includes many types of horticultural crops – vegetables, berries, nursery and greenhouse – as well various types of livestock and poultry. About 10% of BC’s dairy operations are on Vancouver Island, with the majority located in the Cowichan and Comox Valley areas. Beekeeping in the region makes up almost 20% of the provincial total. Most agricultural land on Vancouver Island is dedicated to forage production. The sector has shifted away from commodity production towards production for niche markets, agri-tourism and direct farm marketing across the region.