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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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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AGRICULTURE BY COMMITTEE: The Yarrow Ecovillage Farm Team

By Michelle Superle There’s no “I” in “team,” as the saying goes—except when there is. Here at the Yarrow Ecovillage, our twenty-acre certified organic farm is governed by a legal cooperative structure and managed by our Farm Team. But the farm is actually worked by a dozen farmers who farm …

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The Social Media Savvy Farmer

Cathy Finley We all know that being a farmer these days isn’t just about growing things; you have to have prowess in every area of business management from financial forecasting to marketing, as well as continually evolving your professional development to become a jack-of-all-trades around the farm, proficient in skills …

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HYDROPONIC CHALLENGES

Jonathan Lloyd Many see hydroponic agriculture as a new disruptive technology with the potential to drive a wholesale change in the nature of farming and food production, but it has in fact been around for a long time. Interest in the use of complete nutrient solutions within greenhouses began in …

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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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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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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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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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“Before the Plate”:
 A movie starring your food on a journey from farm to fork

“Before the Plate”: A movie starring your food on a journey from farm to fork

By Cate Pedersen Dylan Sher’s trek into the field of agriculture began with a high school course in farming. Living just outside the city of Toronto offered him little exposure to agriculture, but something about it attracted him and he held on to the romantic notion of one day owning …

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