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Managing Your Money

Salary or Dividends—Making the Right Choice  Nathan Nowak As the owner-manager of an incorporated business, you can choose how you wish to be compensated: By receiving a salary (including bonuses) or through dividends from shares you own in the company—but there are a number of factors to consider before you …

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Farm to Table Forever!

What farmers and chefs can do to support local Cathy Finley Sixty years ago, if a chef tried to increase patronage and revenue by using the phrase “farm-to-table”, it would have been irrelevant because there were no other options. There were no Sysco trucks in sight, just farmers bringing their …

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INFUSION OF YOUNG AGRICULTURAL BLOOD

Tom Baumann Many complain that the younger generation isn’t going to come forward to run our agriculture operations, either as owners, operators, or as employees and interns, etc. And while I’ve been a member on various committees over the past 35 years, it’s true that grey-haired guys have been the …

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Maple Leaf Nursery

Cultivating the Family Tree The Phulka family is proof that following their passion and passing on knowledge to the next generation has ensured the success of Maple Leaf Nursery. Brothers Harjit and Amarjit Phulka immigrated to Canada in the 1980s. Because of his years of experience in farming back home …

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NEW STANDARDS FOR POULTRY

Ronda Payne At times, the details of farming and animal care can seem detached from the reality that farmers grow, and are responsible for, food—food that feeds a growing population. The public is becoming more interested and involved in the origins of their food, and with poultry and eggs taking …

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Project Management: New Generation

Joseph Levitsky     The introduction of cell phones is still surprisingly recent; and yet, they seamlessly (well, with some hiccups) integrated themselves into every corner of our lives. Who among us today can say they don’t feel distressed when they can’t locate their cell phone? Cell phones are a metaphorical double-edged …

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BC Association of Farmers’ Markets Conference & AGM

The BC Association of Farmers’ Markets is hosting their annual BC Farmers’ Markets Conference, “Growing Together” at the Inn at Laurel Point in Victoria from March 2-4, 2018.  The conference is designed for farmers’ market organizers, board members, vendors, small scale food processors, and agricultural community leaders to learn new skills, network, and come away …

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LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE GIRLS!

Cathy Finley Recently, BC Farm Fresh published an image on their social media with this quote: “No one works harder than a farmer, except maybe a farmer’s wife.” It really got my goat! Was this a disproportionate response? I can often recognize that I am a little too reactive as …

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Abbotsford ALR

A Division Among Neighbours A look back at the 2017 controversy surrounding the decision to remove Abbotsford farm land from the Agricultural Land Reserve. We will be watching for the decision by the Provincial Agricultural Land Commission. Ronda Payne “The City in the Country” is Abbotsford’s moniker. And opponents to the municipality’s …

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Innovation’s the Key to Vertical Farming

Jonathan Lloyd Vertical agriculture is often synonymous with hydroponic farming systems, but is not necessarily the same thing—hydroponic systems are growing crops without soil, in an artificial medium, and this can be done within a conventional greenhouse layout. However, more and more hydroponic producers are shifting away from traditional flatbed …

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