Spicing up BC Agriculture (2)

Spicing Up BC Agriculture

Garlic in BC By Paul Pryce It has long been known that the climate throughout much of BC is conducive to growing various spices, particularly true hardneck garlic varieties. But increased production in recent years shows that BC farmers recognize that garlic has tremendous potential beyond growing it on a …

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Roots and Wings Distillery

Vodka Takes Roots and Flies High in Langley Ronda Payne Although the attribution of the quote is uncertain, it was a wise person indeed who said “there are two gifts we should give our children: one is roots, the other is wings”. Regardless of the parentage of the quote, it’s …

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Pest Control in Medical Marijuana

By Cody Cruise Luckily, there are only a few important pests that medical marijuana growers face, but they’re tough ones: powdery mildew (PM) and spider mites. To a lesser extent, there are also fungus gnats, thrips and root diseases (Phytophthora, Pythium). In this article I will touch only on PM …

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Okra Trials in BC

A subtropical crop suited for Canadian growers By Ronda Payne If your field has 110 to 120 frost-free days, you like working hard in the summer and you are looking for a new crop to be dedicated to, okra may be just the thing. Okra, a subtropical crop, is being …

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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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25 Ways to Use Lavender

Lavender is a crop gaining in popularity in BC. The variety of species and uses in a myriad of products are encouraging to growers looking to find markets for the fragrant herb. READ MORE in this article by Ronda Payne, “Stop and Smell the Lavender”. 25 WAYS TO USE LAVENDER Make a …

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Hazelnut Futures

How Hazelnut Growers are Saving BC’s Filbert Industry By Ronda Payne It might be said the writing was on the wall for hazelnut growers back in the mid-70s. BC-based growers watched the arrival of Eastern Filbert Blight (EFB) in Washington with more than a passing interest. They saw the disease …

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Eggplants and Truffles in BC

Cultured Crops: Eggplants and Truffles in BC Beyond the everyday, lie a few crop options adventurous farmers may want to consider. One of the great joys of farming is the ability to explore options and grow new things. A dairy farmer may have a patch of land she’s always wanted …

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Lecanium Scale in Highbush Blueberry

Pest Profile 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. Biology Lecanium scales are a group of closely related scale insects. There are multiple species present in Fraser Valley …

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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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