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BC’s BEVERAGE INDUSTRY: Needs a Little More Juice

By Paul Pryce Beverages are among British Columbia’s largest and fastest growing manufactured food products, according to Statistics Canada. Much of this strength can be attributed to the more than 600,000 litres of wine produced each year by the province’s 929 vineyards. But there are other recognized brands that produce …

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Duck Meets Bull

How the Falks Rejuvenated Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry By Michelle Superle I’m Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry’s dream customer: each week I visit their Farm Store in Yarrow, British Columbia to purchase duck eggs, organic chicken, locally produced lamb, and organic goat milk. I can’t afford these products, but I buy …

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Power of the Pig: Natural Tillers of Soil

By Cathy Finley When my husband and I purchased a plot of land in Langley in 2013, we ran into a problem that thwarted our farming plans almost immediately: there was no topsoil here—it had been quarried decades ago and never remediated. Our neighbour embarked on a program with Environmental …

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Smoking Hot Season of 2017

Tom Baumann The 2017 Fraser Valley growing season started quite late; there was snow on the ground in patches through April and it didn’t get very warm at all. Then it started to rain and didn’t stop well into June. Along came the start of summer on June 21st and, …

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BC New Democrats Announce Minister of Agriculture

2017-07-18 BC NDP Announces Minister of Agriculture

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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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Zero-Waste Agriculture in BC

By Cate Pedersen Is zero-waste agriculture possible in our lifetime? Will people reading this article one day see British Columbian farmers held up as a perfect example of how to efficiently and economically eliminate the byproducts of their sector without burying or burning? “We have the technology to have zero-waste …

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Genomic Sequencing of Apples and Cherries

Protecting BC’s Cultivars: Genomic Sequencing of Apples and Cherries from Genome BC BC’s interior tree fruit industry generates $130 million in wholesale revenue, contributes $900 million in economic activity, and directly employs 1,500 people annually. Ninety-five percent of the cherries grown in Canada grow in BC and it is estimated that …

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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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