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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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Four Years Post Uganda

A changed view of agriculture . . . and life By Ronda Payne It’s never a straight line that leads to the path that needs to be taken. Gary Jones, School of Horticulture department co-chair and faculty with Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), can attest to that. It wasn’t his background …

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Crops and climate change: Keep the old but bring in the new!

Crops & Climate Change:

Keep the old, but bring in the new! By Tom Baumann I have in past issues tackled the influence of pipelines on agriculture land, the reduction of land in the most productive region in Canada, and what climate change could mean to us. This time, I am examining the potential …

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The Urban Farm Movement in Vancouver

by Cate Pedersen Depending on the crop, and whether it’s indoor or outdoor, urban farms create pockets of green in the city, rest stops for pollinators, and a source of food and income for city dwellers. Other benefits include community building and restoration of underused city spaces. A farm could …

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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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On the Yeast Trail: Genomic Research in Vineyards

Most people appreciate a glass of wine to celebrate a special occasion, accompany a meal or just sip and savour. What they might not appreciate is the importance of one particular ingredient in the wine fermentation process, and that without it they would be left with grape juice in their …

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Automated machines improve efficiency in greenhouses

Automation Nation

The Future of Robotics in Agriculture By Tom Baumann, Associate Professor at the University of the Fraser Valley Who’s going to look after our robots, fandangled machines and electronics? Automation Technicians, of course… I sat writing this article as my students wrote their final exam for the introductory agriculture course …

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