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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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Maple Leaf Nursery

Cultivating the Family Tree The Phulka family is proof that following their passion and passing on knowledge to the next generation has ensured the success of Maple Leaf Nursery. Brothers Harjit and Amarjit Phulka immigrated to Canada in the 1980s. Because of his years of experience in farming back home …

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No Ordinary Mushroom: Matsutake in BC

By Paul Pryce There is something growing in British Columbia’s forests, which, while not quite worth its weight in gold, will certainly fetch a handsome price in Asia-Pacific markets. Matsutake, also known as pine mushrooms (or tricholoma magnivelare), are highly sought-after in Japanese, Korean, and Chinese cuisine. Known for its …

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Hemp is a rapidly renewable resource that does not require pesticides and is easily, and legally, grown here in Canada.

Hemp Housing and the Future of Farming

By Cathy Finley After a devastating house fire, we find ourselves about to embark on a new house build. Except this isn’t your average new house. We have an extra pressure pulling and shaping our every decision…accountability. We spent the last four years building a sustainable permaculture farm in Langley, …

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A BLOOMing Good Time: Abbotsford’s Tulip Festival

It’s early in June, 2017, and the flood of spring visitors to the Abbotsford Bloom Tulip Festival has ended, but the work for next year’s event has just begun. Overseeing the digging up of the tulip bulbs to place in storage, and preparing for the 2018 season keeps owner Alexis …

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Ecoation Signals a New Age of Agriculture

Dr. Saber Miresmailli is the Founder and CEO of Ecoation Innovative Solutions Inc. (Ecoation), located in North Vancouver, BC. Dr. Miresmailli’s patent-pending technology predicts crop health before signs of pests, disease or deficiencies are visible to growers. Plants change their appearance throughout the day and give off physiological signals that …

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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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