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JD Farms: Family-run poultry producers

Marilyn Morgan My parents, Jack and Debbie Froese, are the owners and founders of JD Farms Specialty Turkey, a family-run producer of specialty turkeys located in the beautiful Fraser Valley in Langley, BC. Jack and Debbie grew up on farms in the Fraser Valley and continued their farming tradition with …

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Greenfield Natural Meat Co.

Raising better meat for better living A growing number of Canadian meat consumers are not only concerned about the quality of the meat they buy, but also want to know where and how the animals are raised. The Canadian meat industry in general would want to reassure consumers that the …

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Connecting with Food: Urban farms bridge gaps

By Marina Gibson Take a deep breath. Don’t rush. What I really love about farming is being outdoors, with the soil, the seeds and the plants. In this moment, I’m indoors in a darkened theatre, about to walk onstage. Looking out at the sea of faces, I wonder how I …

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Silage Making

YEAR-ROUND FORAGE THROUGH PRESERVATION Raj Kumar, Rubina Gill, Bheru Lal Kumhar and Seema Jat, Dayanand College, Ajmer and Sri Karan Narendra Agriculture University, Jobner The basic function of silage making is to store and preserve feed for later use with minimal loss of nutritional qualities. Silage can be called the fermented …

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YF ISO Arable Land

Young farmers matched with land leasers By Ronda Payne  By understanding the challenges faced by those interested in farming, BC’s Young Agrarians have created accessible land solutions. The high price of land in the Lower Mainland is nothing new, and chances are those interested in agriculture are also aware of …

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Next-Gen Farmers

A Look at Sardis Secondary’s Farm Program Tom Baumann I am waiting at the gate under blue skies. The temperature is warm and a strong breeze from the west blows across the trees at the corner. A group of young people in their cars wait, just like me, enjoying the …

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No Ordinary Mushroom: Matsutake in BC

By Paul Pryce There is something growing in British Columbia’s forests, which, while not quite worth its weight in gold, will certainly fetch a handsome price in Asia-Pacific markets. Matsutake, also known as pine mushrooms (or tricholoma magnivelare), are highly sought-after in Japanese, Korean, and Chinese cuisine. Known for its …

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Being a Buzzkill: Threats to the Health of BC’s Bees

Cate Pedersen Without the actions of pollinators, two thirds of all flowering plants, and one third of the world’s food would disappear, but more investigation and education is needed to effectively support bee colonies and understand the complex issues that threaten bee health. Jeff Lee, owner of Honey Bee Zen …

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The Slow Ride of Pears

Ronda Payne Not as popular as the apple, but a delightful fruit in its own right, the pear has ardent supporters. Hank Markgraf, Grower Services Manager with BC Tree Fruits will tell you there’s no fast ride to getting new pears into grower fields. Pears aren’t nearly as precocious as …

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Hemp is a rapidly renewable resource that does not require pesticides and is easily, and legally, grown here in Canada.

Hemp Housing and the Future of Farming

By Cathy Finley After a devastating house fire, we find ourselves about to embark on a new house build. Except this isn’t your average new house. We have an extra pressure pulling and shaping our every decision…accountability. We spent the last four years building a sustainable permaculture farm in Langley, …

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