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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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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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Hydroponically-grown forage grass that delivers more nutrients in less space and time.

The Grass is Greener

New System Delivers More Nutrients By Ronda Payne Bakerview Dairy in Abbotsford is perhaps one of the best known dairies in the community because of the constant innovation that goes into the operation. Of course, the Bakerview EcoDairy (a non-profit society that works in tandem with Science World to welcome …

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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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Plant Breeding: Tools for Crop Success

Jeana Cadby Plant breeding is one of the most important tools that agriculturalists can use when fighting against disease pressure. Traditionally, breeding has provided humans with the tools they need to create domesticated crops, which resist pest or climate threats. Today, local seed companies and organizations are supporting Canadian farmers …

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Dealing with Drought

Jeana Cadby The global water shortage has inspired fast action towards sustainable water usage, especially within the agricultural sector. As one of the biggest users of water worldwide, agriculture is especially vulnerable to drought and extreme weather conditions. In addition to unpredictable water quality and availability, farmers around the world …

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CSI: CROP SCENE INVESTIGATIONS

Bal Cheema You walk outside on what appears to be an exceptional summer’s day. The sun is rising, and the scent of new beginnings fills your nostrils. The birds are chirping, the rooster is crowing, verifying it is indeed day break and not just a vivid dream. Or perhaps it …

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AGRICULTURE BY COMMITTEE: The Yarrow Ecovillage Farm Team

By Michelle Superle There’s no “I” in “team,” as the saying goes—except when there is. Here at the Yarrow Ecovillage, our twenty-acre certified organic farm is governed by a legal cooperative structure and managed by our Farm Team. But the farm is actually worked by a dozen farmers who farm …

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Tips to Ensuring Crop Success

Jason Smith When growing any horticultural crop there are many things that can contribute to its success such as water source and quality, types of equipment, nutrition, integrated pest management and planting stock. Starting off with good quality planting stock is very important; but, more importantly, the health of the …

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HYDROPONIC CHALLENGES

Jonathan Lloyd Many see hydroponic agriculture as a new disruptive technology with the potential to drive a wholesale change in the nature of farming and food production, but it has in fact been around for a long time. Interest in the use of complete nutrient solutions within greenhouses began in …

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