By Kara Stansfield (Block G)
History of Agriculture in the Okanagan Valley
Origins and Dates
In 1862 Father Pandosy planted the first fruit trees in the Okanagan Valley which were brought up from the St. Mission in the Fraser. In the 1890's the Aberdeens started their own ranch growing fruit trees along with hops to make enough money until their fruit trees began to produce fruit. Many new settlers traveled to begin their own fruit business but many of them didn't understand how to grow fruit and ended up growing easier crops instead. By 1900 there were over 1million fruit trees growing in the Okanagan.
Role of the Okanagan Fur Brigade Trail in the developmant of Agiculture
Early European Profile of Lord Aberdeen
Reasons for Settlement in the Okanagan Valley
Accomplishments in the Okanagan Valley
- Lord Aberdeen was an enthusiastic supporter of outdoor sport in Canada.
- He was made honorary chief of the Six Nations and Blackfoot people.
- Lord and Lady Aberdeen had five children but one died as a baby.
- Half the land in Kelowna remains agricultural.