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TAKING FLIGHT WITH BIOFUEL

By Jeana Cadby Flying airplanes using fuel made from mustard seeds might seem like a far-fetched scenario, but Canadian researchers and farmers have already made it a reality. Locally produced biofuel, converted from sustainably grown mustard seeds, is an encouraging prospect for greening the airline industry, one flight at a …

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PERMACULTURE: Can It Meet With Conventional Ag?

By Finlay Burrage For some, the word permaculture might bring to mind an image of a group of hippies living off the grid with dreadlocks and an obscene amount of home-brewed kombucha. For others, permaculture might be a synonym for a homestead utopia in the woods where they raise a …

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BC PEPPER INDUSTRY: Heating Up Under Glass

Cate Pedersen I don’t often get the opportunity to travel to locations with our photographer, Karin, but was glad to venture out one frosty February afternoon to the Abbotsford greenhouse owned by Armand Vander Meulen and his family. The warm humid air, diffused light and rows of glassed-in vegetation create …

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MEET A FARMER: David Catzel, Glorious Organics

By Cathy Finley David is a farmer at Glorious Organics Co-operative, a cooperatively owned and operated farming collective situated on Fraser Common Farm Co-op in Aldergrove, BC. They sell directly to restaurants, at farmers markets (as the Organic Farm Connection), and through a CSA program. What got you into farming? I was working on a gardening …

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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

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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