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LAUNCHING MODERN AG MAG: A Page from a Farmer’s Handbook

Modern Agriculture Magazine, or Modern Ag Mag as many call it, celebrates its 5th year in 2018. It was begun as a quarterly publication by a small group of young farmers and agriculture students, hungry to share what they were learning with others in the agriculture community. Gurtaj Sandhu was …

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BIO-PODS: Growing Food and Changing Lives

By Ronda Payne Slightly west of King George Highway in Surrey is hardly the place one would expect to find food growing, but the BioPods at John Volken Academy aren’t exactly your typical growing space. Laila Benkrima, a contract horticulture instructor and scientist with the University of the Fraser Valley …

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Duck Meets Bull

How the Falks Rejuvenated Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry By Michelle Superle I’m Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry’s dream customer: each week I visit their Farm Store in Yarrow, British Columbia to purchase duck eggs, organic chicken, locally produced lamb, and organic goat milk. I can’t afford these products, but I buy …

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CANOPY GROWTH: The Business of Bud

By Cate Pedersen Andrew MacCorquodale is Managing Director for the Hemp Division and Head of Operations for Western Canada for Canopy Growth Corporation, and he might breathe a little easier when October 17th rolls around. That date must be circled in red on his calendar, as the legalization of marijuana …

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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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Cheesecrafters long table dinners attract locals and restaurateurs

CHEESECRAFTERS LONG TABLE

Local Food in the Great Outdoors By Ronda Payne Clear blue skies and a grassy field complemented local gourmet food and wines from the South Okanagan region at Golden Ears Cheesecrafters’ sixth annual long table dinner on July 15. The event raises funds for the Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation while …

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FoodMesh: B2B Food Waste Solution

Cate Pedersen FoodMesh co-founder, Jessica Pautsch Regan, has spent much of her career consulting in areas of community economic development and sustainability. It seems natural that she and her partner chose to launch the FoodMesh business-to-business marketplace, which took inspiration from her agriculture background and education in the social sciences. …

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AQUAPONICS

Balance of Inputs Creates Flavourful Outputs Ronda Payne Mother Nature really does grow the best tasting food, but how does she do it? Some would say it’s best to leave well enough alone, but others challenge that notion and set out to mimic Mother Nature’s tasty work. It’s something Stephanie …

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Not Like Lambs to Slaughter

Small-scale Producers Ready for Change  By Cathy Finley Small-scale animal agriculture is looking treacherous for those of us who dedicate our livelihoods to it. A myriad of challenges and concerns are growing within our community of small farmers about the feasibility of providing well-raised meat animals to a growing client …

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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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