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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Experts that know the crops well inspect and carry out investigations.

CSI: CROP SCENE INVESTIGATIONS

Bal Cheema You walk outside on what appears to be an exceptional summer’s day. The sun is rising, and the scent of new beginnings fills your nostrils. The birds are chirping, the rooster is crowing, verifying it is indeed day break and not just a vivid dream. Or perhaps it …

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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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Not in My Backyard!

A farmer’s view on “Factory Farms” By Cathy Finley As farming and its future changes, farmers are presented with new and more complex challenges almost daily. Add to this the subject that is not news to anyone—population growth. According to statistics for BC, Vancouver’s population density increased to 3,100 persons/km2 …

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Connected Farmers: The world of the tech-savvy agriculturist

By Tom Baumann I am sitting at a work station on a BC Ferry to Vancouver Island. The reason for the trip this time is cranberries. I have four members of my team along (Zach Fleming, Joey Levitsky, Kurt Balogh and Loren Muth) to do an in-depth field session on …

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Our Passion, Your Market: Joy of Farming, Joy of Family, Joy of Sharing

By Audrey Neufeld, Neufeld Farms Market For some people, it’s the wind in their hair; for others, it’s the thrill of jumping from a plane; but for Dan and me, pure joy is found in the dirt between our toes. Our family has been blessed to call our land both our …

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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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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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Agri-Tech & the 9 Billion: Feeding the World in 2050

 by Cate Pedersen Earth’s forecasted population for 2050 varies, but it is agreed among the experts that our planet will be supporting over 9 billion of us in the very near future. The increase in population will put pressure on the finite resources of arable land, fresh water and sources …

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