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Laurica Farm: Escape from Suburbia

There’s No Business Like Farm Business By Cathy Finley, Laurica Farm, Langley BC What happens when a young family gets sick of suburbia and starts to feels disenchanted with the food industry? Well, they start to restructure their lives to be closer to nature, and be a part of that …

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The Cheese Doesn’t Stand Alone

By Ronda Payne Farm-gate cheese shops are growing in popularity due to local food movements and a dedication to great taste. Cheese is a favourite item for snacking, as part of a plowman’s lunch and as an ingredient in many hot and cold dishes. While the love of cheese remains …

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Farms in BC: A family business grounded in agriculture

Brothers Nav and Taj Sekhon have been actively involved in blueberry farming since they were young children, learning the profession alongside their father Himmat and their uncles and cousins. The brothers play more of a management role now for the Sekhon farms in Surrey. But blueberry farming is not the …

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A Winter of Planning: Tips to prepare for 2017

By Tom Baumann, EAT Ltd. As the season wraps, growers are starting to think ahead to next year. It has been a season with halfway decent weather: there was a dry pollination period, but with rain here and there all summer we didn’t face a drought as we did in …

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Beyond Beer and Wine

By Ronda Payne Consumers love their beer and wine, but there is a growing opportunity for locally-crafted beverages outside the expected categories. Over the years I’ve become a bit of a wine snob, learning what I do and don’t like; but, every so often, there’s a place for something different. …

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BC Hop Co.’s Hop Fest in Review

Celebrating local growers and brewers (Title image: Liberal MLA for Richmond-Steveston, John Yap, and Dwayne Stewart, GM of BC Hop Co (centre, front), toast BC Craft Brew Month at BC Hop Fest) Modern Agriculture visited Dwayne Stewart, General Manager of BC Hop Co. and Valley Hops, and the owner of …

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Let’s Talk Turkey!

By Ronda Payne For a consumer, Thanksgiving, Christmas and maybe Easter are likely the only times to think about turkey. For a turkey farmer, the thoughts—and planning—go on year round. It might be working with quota, assessing animal health or raising birds throughout the year to sell to a year-round …

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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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The Ins and Outs of Farmers’ Markets

A growing opportunity to reach new customers By Ronda Payne Consumers may think of farmers’ markets as folksy and charming—which they are on the exterior, given the tents, fun tablecloths and chalkboard signs often seen. But make no mistake, the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets (BCAFM) knows markets are important …

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Venture Acceleration Celebration!

Celebrating 30 Local Tech Start-ups through SRCTec The Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech (SRCTec), a non-profit agency based in Mission, BC, is once again celebrating the innovative entrepreneurs who have benefited from their Venture Acceleration Program. Join SRCTec and their program participants on Wednesday, October 26th at the Quality …

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