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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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Seeds for Success: Support for Smaller Farms

By Cate Pedersen Mike Manion grew up on a family farm in Ontario; a farm with thirty head of dairy cows, a few pigs, chickens and a variety of crops. He smiles as he reminisces about the animals wandering freely across the road heading for the barn, and his brow …

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Turning Egg Money into an Education

By Robyn Roste Every day before and after school 15-year-old Jenisa Los waters, feeds, and collects eggs from her flock of chickens. “If I’m not there to do this it doesn’t get done. I’ve learned responsibility that way,” she said. Jenisa has operated her egg-delivery business, known as The Little …

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This Land is Our Land: BC’s Density Dilemma

Cate Pedersen Developed along essential waterways, the Lower Mainland has long been in the business of transporting goods across the country and to world markets—and the business is growing and in need of space. At the same time, the region’s wealth of arable land has also made it an agricultural …

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The Cage Debate:

Changes expected for egg layers Cate Pedersen When you’re shopping for eggs, what do you reach for first? Regular eggs from chickens raised in cages? Or free range, from poultry allowed to roam outdoors once in a while and do what hens do naturally: roost, scratch, perch, and mingle with …

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Agriculture Technology Companies Gain New Partner

Cate Pedersen The technopreneurs, ag-industry advocates and government representatives were out in full force Friday, February 26, 2016 to welcome Bioenterprise BC as a new business accelerator offering commercialization services to help promote the creation and growth of BC businesses engaged in agriculture technology. Timothy Kendrick, president of BW Global Structures Inc., …

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Bee Vectoring: Pollination and Crop Protection

Cate Pedersen Lately, the buzz has been all about the bees—and with good reason. Climate change and pesticide use has been blamed for the decline of bee populations around the world. Scientists are in agreement across the board that the bee decline will have devastating effects on global food production. …

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From Tank to Table: Granpa Dome Revolutionizes the Factory Farm

Lynda Grace Philippsen After a career in banking, Japanese entrepreneur Takaaki Abe entered a second line of business in his early sixties. He had witnessed firsthand the financial struggles faced by farmers. However, on visits abroad he had visited profitable agricultural enterprises which prompted him to consider fresh options for …

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Small Beans? The Future of BC Lentils

By Paul Pryce With the agreement reached on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on October 5, 2015, opportunities to expand Canadian agricultural exports to Asia and the Americas will be high on the minds of farmers across the country. The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and the Canadian Pork Council, among others, were …

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