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The Burning Question: Can Used Bedding Make Money?

Anyone who works in B.C.’s poultry industry is aware that a creative, cost-effective disposal solution is required for the excess volumes of used poultry bedding accumulating from the over 100 million chickens and turkeys produced annually. Finding a way of turning this abundance of bedding into a valuable resource is …

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What the Haskap?

“Have you ever heard of Haskap?” That was the question posed to Axel and I five years ago while we were researching thornless blackberries as a crop that we could potentially grow on our farm in Salmon Arm, BC. Our response was the same one we now get from people …

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High Hopes for Rubber Plant: Taraxacum kok-saghyz

Taraxacum kok-saghyz (TKS) is an important industrial rubber-producing plant that can be grown annually in Canada. TKS has already been proven to be the promising commercial source of natural rubber and inulin. After the rubber supply was cut off from Southeast Asia during World War II, TKS was grown in …

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Water Act Revitalized

Around us and below us runs the life force that we as a province need to protect at all costs. We depend on it daily, and we are all responsible for the planning and management of it. Water: the precious resource that requires responsible stewardship and governance. We cannot afford …

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Asparagus, the forgotten crop?

words: Ronda Payne Asparagus, the forgotten crop? A Washington grower touts the benefits of growing a vegetable in demand North Americans apparently aren’t getting all the asparagus they want. This insight into a vegetable in short supply came courtesy of Alan Schreiber of Schreiber & Sons Farm in Eltopia, Washington …

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Pesticide-Free Gardening

Natural Ways to Fight Off Pests and Save Your Garden Many gardeners have an aversion to chemicals. These gardeners may be devoted to pesticide-free growing, want to plant (and eat) edibles, or simply like the thought of keeping flower beds naturally healthy. Whatever the reason, there are key steps you …

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Soil Seminar with Healthy Horses

You are invited to attend the upcoming soil seminar and find out how the health of our soil is connected to the health of our horses…and us! Please see the attached poster for more information.      

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Vermicomposting

Worm Your Way into Composting Heaven Many of us like the idea of composting but don’t have the yard space to make it happen (I’m looking at you, apartment dwellers!). Luckily you can make your own black gold in the comfort of your own home with nature’s master composters: worms. …

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Keeping Your Harvest All Year Round

Winter Storage Dos and Don’ts For most of history, people were experts on food preservation because their lives depended on it. Around the turn of the twentieth century, electric refrigeration enabled people to transport food longer distances, sell it in modern supermarkets, and keep it cool at home. As a …

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5 Herbs for Kitchen Gardens

There’s a reason why herb gardens are often called ‘kitchen’ gardens. Firstly, they can be grown right in your kitchen, indoors, any time of year! And secondly, it seems natural for cooks and gardeners to want to grow the freshest plants possible for their culinary experience. The best part is …

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