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A Water Buffalo Love Affair

Ronda Payne Water Buffalo Pioneers There isn’t a Canadian water buffalo herd any further west than Coleman Meadows Farm in Port Alberni. Given that the herd travelled all the way from Ontario in 2011, the animals have quite the background, and their owners Jennifer and Russell Dyson are glad they …

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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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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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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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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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Greenfield Natural Meat Co.

Raising better meat for better living A growing number of Canadian meat consumers are not only concerned about the quality of the meat they buy, but also want to know where and how the animals are raised. The Canadian meat industry in general would want to reassure consumers that the …

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LOWER MAINLAND LAND MATCHING PILOT

YF ISO Arable Land

Young farmers matched with land leasers By Ronda Payne  By understanding the challenges faced by those interested in farming, BC’s Young Agrarians have created accessible land solutions. The high price of land in the Lower Mainland is nothing new, and chances are those interested in agriculture are also aware of …

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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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A BLOOMing Good Time: Abbotsford’s Tulip Festival

It’s early in June, 2017, and the flood of spring visitors to the Abbotsford Bloom Tulip Festival has ended, but the work for next year’s event has just begun. Overseeing the digging up of the tulip bulbs to place in storage, and preparing for the 2018 season keeps owner Alexis …

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Handling Heat Stress: Dairy herd signs & symptoms

With temperatures expected to soar in the Fraser Valley in the coming days, we turn to an article from two years ago, written by Kaitlyn Gisler which contains advice from local vets at Agwest Veterinary Group. Agwest Veterinary Group, a large animal clinic situated in Matsqui and serving farmers in …

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