Biofuel 1

TAKING FLIGHT WITH BIOFUEL

By Jeana Cadby Flying airplanes using fuel made from mustard seeds might seem like a far-fetched scenario, but Canadian researchers and farmers have already made it a reality. Locally produced biofuel, converted from sustainably grown mustard seeds, is an encouraging prospect for greening the airline industry, one flight at a …

READ MORE →
Permaculture (1)

PERMACULTURE: Can It Meet With Conventional Ag?

By Finlay Burrage For some, the word permaculture might bring to mind an image of a group of hippies living off the grid with dreadlocks and an obscene amount of home-brewed kombucha. For others, permaculture might be a synonym for a homestead utopia in the woods where they raise a …

READ MORE →
shutterstock_387787132

BC PEPPER INDUSTRY: Heating Up Under Glass

Cate Pedersen I don’t often get the opportunity to travel to locations with our photographer, Karin, but was glad to venture out one frosty February afternoon to the Abbotsford greenhouse owned by Armand Vander Meulen and his family. The warm humid air, diffused light and rows of glassed-in vegetation create …

READ MORE →
cannabis (Ronda) (1)

SMOKING, TOKING & GROWING

By Ronda Payne When Canada’s legalization of cannabis was set for October 17, 2018, some farmers considered switching to the new green to make a fortune, but is it that easy? Is cannabis the proverbial cash crop? According to experts, demand is currently very high, but there is a shortage …

READ MORE →
Laurica Farm is well-suited for workshops like cheese-making.

LEARNING GROUNDS: The Farm as a Classroom

By Cate Pedersen Both Hans and Karin Baer grew up in agriculture and it’s in their blood, but farming for a living is still a learning process. After purchasing 1.5 acres in Chilliwack in 2005, their plan was to renovate the old house and make ninety percent of their landscape …

READ MORE →
Juice 1

BC’s BEVERAGE INDUSTRY: Needs a Little More Juice

By Paul Pryce Beverages are among British Columbia’s largest and fastest growing manufactured food products, according to Statistics Canada. Much of this strength can be attributed to the more than 600,000 litres of wine produced each year by the province’s 929 vineyards. But there are other recognized brands that produce …

READ MORE →
chevre 1

RECIPE for Chevre

Chevre is the common name for fresh spreadable goat cheese. It is just as versatile as any other spreadable cheese and can be blended with herbs, spices or fruit for variety. INGREDIENTS 4 quarts goat milk ¼ tsp mesophilic culture 1 drop liquid rennet Sterilize all equipment. In a large …

READ MORE →
farmland use 1

Richmond conflicted over farm housing

By Ronda Payne There isn’t much the two groups squaring off about housing on farmland in Richmond can agree to, but one common point is that the issue has caused division between the community’s residents. Laura Gillanders, a co-co-ordinator with Richmond Farmwatch believes the municipality should enforce house size restrictions …

READ MORE →
David Meet a Farmer

MEET A FARMER: David Catzel, Glorious Organics

By Cathy Finley David is a farmer at Glorious Organics Co-operative, a cooperatively owned and operated farming collective situated on Fraser Common Farm Co-op in Aldergrove, BC. They sell directly to restaurants, at farmers markets (as the Organic Farm Connection), and through a CSA program. What got you into farming? I was working on a gardening …

READ MORE →
Calm and collected cows

ROBOT MILKERS

Cows Like to go Round & Round   By Ronda Payne For some reason, cows enjoy rotating milkers. No one really knows why, but cows are just more relaxed going round and round. Taking the concept of the rotating milker a step further, a relatively new product has come to …

READ MORE →