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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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Owner of Victoria Lavender, Alan Mayfield, peruses his lavender crop.

Stop and Smell the Lavender

By Ronda Payne Lavender isn’t exactly a new crop to BC, but it certainly is one that’s growing in popularity, according to UBC associate professor in biology Soheil Mahmoud. Mahmoud has organized BC-wide lavender workshops and continues to help growers find the best ways to be successful with their crops …

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Pest Profile: Voles

By Greg Welfing Pest Profile is a recurring feature in this magazine. Periodically we pick an agricultural pest to feature and learn more about its biology and control methods. Vole Biology There are multiple species of voles, also known as field mice, present in the Fraser Valley. The most common …

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Blackberries: How to tame the Berry Beast

Here in the Fraser Valley, blackberries are part of our lives, like it or not. They are an emblem of the indomitable spirit . . . digging in and surviving against all odds, whether wanted or not. Getting rid of blackberries can be a challenge, as all gardeners and farmers …

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En Gourd!

Once they get warmed up, drinking gourd vines grow fast. So fast, it’s easy to imagine that they are only motionless when they are being watched. But that’s later in the story. The story really starts over ten thousand years ago. Drinking gourds have been entangled with civilization since it …

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Fresh From the Garden

As it truly sinks in that today is the day, that now is the time, my mind begins racing, concocting beautiful dishes to pay honour to this perfect head of lettuce. Seventy-two days can seem like an eternity when you live in anticipation of one moment. The season’s first butterhead …

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Pesticide-Free Gardening

Natural Ways to Fight Off Pests and Save Your Garden Many gardeners have an aversion to chemicals. These gardeners may be devoted to pesticide-free growing, want to plant (and eat) edibles, or simply like the thought of keeping flower beds naturally healthy. Whatever the reason, there are key steps you …

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Vermicomposting

Worm Your Way into Composting Heaven Many of us like the idea of composting but don’t have the yard space to make it happen (I’m looking at you, apartment dwellers!). Luckily you can make your own black gold in the comfort of your own home with nature’s master composters: worms. …

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Keeping Your Harvest All Year Round

Winter Storage Dos and Don’ts For most of history, people were experts on food preservation because their lives depended on it. Around the turn of the twentieth century, electric refrigeration enabled people to transport food longer distances, sell it in modern supermarkets, and keep it cool at home. As a …

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5 Herbs for Kitchen Gardens

There’s a reason why herb gardens are often called ‘kitchen’ gardens. Firstly, they can be grown right in your kitchen, indoors, any time of year! And secondly, it seems natural for cooks and gardeners to want to grow the freshest plants possible for their culinary experience. The best part is …

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