Pasture-raised pigs at Laurica Farm in Langley, BC

Not Like Lambs to Slaughter

Small-scale Producers Ready for Change  By Cathy Finley Small-scale animal agriculture is looking treacherous for those of us who dedicate our livelihoods to it. A myriad of challenges and concerns are growing within our community of small farmers about the feasibility of providing well-raised meat animals to a growing client …

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SNOW, HAIL, WIND & WATER: We call that winter in BC!

Tom Baumann It seems like just yesterday that I commented on the 2016-2017 winter—a tough one that didn’t want to quit. The winter of 2017-2018 turned out to be quite similar. Maybe the bears are smarter than us after all—they just go and hibernate. Preferably, I’d like to go somewhere …

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The Highs and Lows of Tunnels

Earlier this year, Kathy Demchak, Senior Extension Associate at Pennsylvania State University, spoke at the Pacific Agriculture Show about the pros and cons of growing under plastic tunnels, the differences between high and low tunnels, and production results for tunnel-grown berries. Demchak shared information and compared data on high and …

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A Water Buffalo Love Affair

Ronda Payne Water Buffalo Pioneers There isn’t a Canadian water buffalo herd any further west than Coleman Meadows Farm in Port Alberni. Given that the herd travelled all the way from Ontario in 2011, the animals have quite the background, and their owners Jennifer and Russell Dyson are glad they …

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AGRICULTURE BY COMMITTEE: The Yarrow Ecovillage Farm Team

By Michelle Superle There’s no “I” in “team,” as the saying goes—except when there is. Here at the Yarrow Ecovillage, our twenty-acre certified organic farm is governed by a legal cooperative structure and managed by our Farm Team. But the farm is actually worked by a dozen farmers who farm …

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Tips to Ensuring Crop Success

Jason Smith When growing any horticultural crop there are many things that can contribute to its success such as water source and quality, types of equipment, nutrition, integrated pest management and planting stock. Starting off with good quality planting stock is very important; but, more importantly, the health of the …

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The Social Media Savvy Farmer

Cathy Finley We all know that being a farmer these days isn’t just about growing things; you have to have prowess in every area of business management from financial forecasting to marketing, as well as continually evolving your professional development to become a jack-of-all-trades around the farm, proficient in skills …

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BIOSENSORS: The Future of Agro-Defence?

Professor Suresh Neethirajan, Bionano Laboratory, University of Guelph President-Elect, Canadian Society for Bioengineering Most countries have some sort of agriculture department working hard to protect the quality and safety of its food supplies. But early detection and management can be difficult. One of the more recent food scares was the …

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Integrating High Tech on the Farm

Jeana Cadby Feeding the world is going to take high-tech solutions. The latest trends in agricultural technology have allowed farmers to address traditional farming issues with a high-tech edge, using the latest and most buzzword worthy trends. Tech companies are more than happy to integrate innovative developments in agriculture, with …

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Using Fungi to Kill Weeds

Lana Harach Herbicides. Pesticides. These words have negative connotations, and often when the general public hears them, the first, if not only thought that comes to mind is chemicals—man-made and terrible for the environment. We hear of stories where the chemicals that manage farm crops end up in streams and …

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