Hydroponically-grown forage grass that delivers more nutrients in less space and time.

The Grass is Greener

New System Delivers More Nutrients By Ronda Payne Bakerview Dairy in Abbotsford is perhaps one of the best known dairies in the community because of the constant innovation that goes into the operation. Of course, the Bakerview EcoDairy (a non-profit society that works in tandem with Science World to welcome …

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The pigs turned over our and to create a deep soil and fertilized as they went

Power of the Pig: Natural Tillers of Soil

By Cathy Finley When my husband and I purchased a plot of land in Langley in 2013, we ran into a problem that thwarted our farming plans almost immediately: there was no topsoil here—it had been quarried decades ago and never remediated. Our neighbour embarked on a program with Environmental …

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Exciting Ag Possibilities! Or Am I Kidding Myself?

Tom Baumann It’s summer and the harvest season has been in full swing, Haskap, raspberry then blueberry, and later cranberries. Now that the growers are busy and my teaching at UFV is at low ebb, I am pondering the new things that are happening in agriculture—worthwhile of our collective attention. …

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Approximately three or four hives are required per acre.

BC Pollinators:

Practices Put to the Test By Ronda Payne Spring was an uncertain time for Lower Mainland blueberry growers. Reports that Alberta beekeepers wouldn’t send bees to the region had growers thinking yields would be greatly impacted. Frank Schimunek, farm manager with Honey Bee Centre, notes there aren’t enough beekeepers in …

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CANOPY GROWTH: The Business of Bud

By Cate Pedersen Andrew MacCorquodale is Managing Director for the Hemp Division and Head of Operations for Western Canada for Canopy Growth Corporation, and he might breathe a little easier when October 17th rolls around. That date must be circled in red on his calendar, as the legalization of marijuana …

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Plant Breeding: Tools for Crop Success

Jeana Cadby Plant breeding is one of the most important tools that agriculturalists can use when fighting against disease pressure. Traditionally, breeding has provided humans with the tools they need to create domesticated crops, which resist pest or climate threats. Today, local seed companies and organizations are supporting Canadian farmers …

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BUILDING THE FUTURE OF HEMP

By Cathy Finley Hemp—one of the most unreasonably demonized crops of all time. Banned in Canada in 1938 for being related to cannabis, legalized again in 1998, hemp is experiencing a resurgence in popularity. At Laurica Farm, we built a house from hemp. So positive was the experience, we find …

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Cheesecrafters long table dinners attract locals and restaurateurs

CHEESECRAFTERS LONG TABLE

Local Food in the Great Outdoors By Ronda Payne Clear blue skies and a grassy field complemented local gourmet food and wines from the South Okanagan region at Golden Ears Cheesecrafters’ sixth annual long table dinner on July 15. The event raises funds for the Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation while …

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BC LAMB: No Time to be Sheepish on Exports

Paul Pryce In March 2018, the Chilean capital of Santiago played host to delegations from 11 countries, including Canada, who converged on the city to sign the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Since then, much ink has been spilled highlighting how the agreement would secure greater market access for …

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FoodMesh helped connect Daiya with the Kamloops Food Bank

FoodMesh: B2B Food Waste Solution

Cate Pedersen FoodMesh co-founder, Jessica Pautsch Regan, has spent much of her career consulting in areas of community economic development and sustainability. It seems natural that she and her partner chose to launch the FoodMesh business-to-business marketplace, which took inspiration from her agriculture background and education in the social sciences. …

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