Owner of Victoria Lavender, Alan Mayfield, peruses his lavender crop.

Stop and Smell the Lavender

By Ronda Payne Lavender isn’t exactly a new crop to BC, but it certainly is one that’s growing in popularity, according to UBC associate professor in biology Soheil Mahmoud. Mahmoud has organized BC-wide lavender workshops and continues to help growers find the best ways to be successful with their crops …

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25 Ways to Use Lavender

Lavender is a crop gaining in popularity in BC. The variety of species and uses in a myriad of products are encouraging to growers looking to find markets for the fragrant herb. READ MORE in this article by Ronda Payne, “Stop and Smell the Lavender”. 25 WAYS TO USE LAVENDER Make a …

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Turning Egg Money into an Education

By Robyn Roste Every day before and after school 15-year-old Jenisa Los waters, feeds, and collects eggs from her flock of chickens. “If I’m not there to do this it doesn’t get done. I’ve learned responsibility that way,” she said. Jenisa has operated her egg-delivery business, known as The Little …

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Genomic Sequencing of Apples and Cherries

Protecting BC’s Cultivars: Genomic Sequencing of Apples and Cherries from Genome BC BC’s interior tree fruit industry generates $130 million in wholesale revenue, contributes $900 million in economic activity, and directly employs 1,500 people annually. Ninety-five percent of the cherries grown in Canada grow in BC and it is estimated that …

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Grounds of Dispute

Insurance Claims & Litigation in Agriculture Tom Baumann, Expert Agriculture Team Ltd. Ian MacKinnon, RDM Lawyers LLP Modern agriculture sometimes has its drawbacks. We don’t settle scores over a beer and a handshake anymore; small, medium and large operations sometimes make claims against each other and once in a while …

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Hazelnut Futures

How Hazelnut Growers are Saving BC’s Filbert Industry By Ronda Payne It might be said the writing was on the wall for hazelnut growers back in the mid-70s. BC-based growers watched the arrival of Eastern Filbert Blight (EFB) in Washington with more than a passing interest. They saw the disease …

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Eggplants and Truffles in BC

Cultured Crops: Eggplants and Truffles in BC Beyond the everyday, lie a few crop options adventurous farmers may want to consider. One of the great joys of farming is the ability to explore options and grow new things. A dairy farmer may have a patch of land she’s always wanted …

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Abbotsford Agriculture Adventure

by Cate Pedersen, Editor Field Trip!! YES! I got to attend my second ag bus tour and had such a fantastic time! The 2016 Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Bus Tour was quite a learning experience again and revealed the work of brilliant entrepreneurs, visionary minds and agriculture revolutionaries. The weather …

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Beef Cattle Biology: Seeking Clues to Improve Feed Efficiency

A broad research program is revealing insights to benefit beef cattle productivity while providing training for academics and technology transfer on the East Coast. Led by Dr. Yuri Montanholi, Assistant Professor at the Agricultural Campus of Dalhousie University (Truro, Nova Scotia), a group of “beef cattle enthusiasts”— whom Dr. Montanholi …

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The Art of Living Beautifully: Tanglebank Gardens & Brambles Bistro

We read a lot about passion these days. It’s said that passion should be the driving force behind what we do for a living if we want to achieve true work/life balance. We’ve certainly found that to be true. We’ve also learned that, in many ways, the process of running …

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