Agriculture is an important economic sector in the Vernon area. There are over 350 farms with a total farm area of 23,733 hectares, generating an estimated $17-million in annual gross farm receipts. The larger North Okanagan Regional District consists of approximately 1,167 farms with a total area of 84,339 hectares and estimated annual farm receipts of $26.2-million. The North Okanagan has 65,124 hectares (8.7%) located in the Agricultural Land Reserve.
Agriculture in the Vernon area is diverse, leading in cattle ranching, animal production and fruit farming. However, greenhouse, nursery and floriculture production, vegetable and melon farming, poultry and egg production, sheep and goat farming are also fast-growing activities locally.