Although British Columbia encompasses over 900,000 square kilometers of land, only about three percent of the province is considered potentially arable. According to a 2001 statistic, farm holdings in the aforementioned year covered approximately 26,000 square kilometers with an average size of 1.16 square kilometer per holding. The size of a farm is heavily influenced by the type of agricultural activity, with ranching enterprises being one of the largest and greenhouse businesses being one of the smallest. It is important to note that a major characteristic of agriculture in British Columbia is its diversity and includes a variety of activities ranging from dairy farming to the growing of fruits and vegetables (British Columbia, n.d.).