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AQUAPONICS

Balance of Inputs Creates Flavourful Outputs Ronda Payne Mother Nature really does grow the best tasting food, but how does she do it? Some would say it’s best to leave well enough alone, but others challenge that notion and set out to mimic Mother Nature’s tasty work. It’s something Stephanie …

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SNOW, HAIL, WIND & WATER: We call that winter in BC!

Tom Baumann It seems like just yesterday that I commented on the 2016-2017 winter—a tough one that didn’t want to quit. The winter of 2017-2018 turned out to be quite similar. Maybe the bears are smarter than us after all—they just go and hibernate. Preferably, I’d like to go somewhere …

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The Highs and Lows of Tunnels

Earlier this year, Kathy Demchak, Senior Extension Associate at Pennsylvania State University, spoke at the Pacific Agriculture Show about the pros and cons of growing under plastic tunnels, the differences between high and low tunnels, and production results for tunnel-grown berries. Demchak shared information and compared data on high and …

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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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INFUSION OF YOUNG AGRICULTURAL BLOOD

Tom Baumann Many complain that the younger generation isn’t going to come forward to run our agriculture operations, either as owners, operators, or as employees and interns, etc. And while I’ve been a member on various committees over the past 35 years, it’s true that grey-haired guys have been the …

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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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LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE GIRLS!

Cathy Finley Recently, BC Farm Fresh published an image on their social media with this quote: “No one works harder than a farmer, except maybe a farmer’s wife.” It really got my goat! Was this a disproportionate response? I can often recognize that I am a little too reactive as …

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Abbotsford ALR

A Division Among Neighbours A look back at the 2017 controversy surrounding the decision to remove Abbotsford farm land from the Agricultural Land Reserve. We will be watching for the decision by the Provincial Agricultural Land Commission. Ronda Payne “The City in the Country” is Abbotsford’s moniker. And opponents to the municipality’s …

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Not in My Backyard!

A farmer’s view on “Factory Farms” By Cathy Finley As farming and its future changes, farmers are presented with new and more complex challenges almost daily. Add to this the subject that is not news to anyone—population growth. According to statistics for BC, Vancouver’s population density increased to 3,100 persons/km2 …

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An Experience to Remember: Maan Farms Country Experience & Estate Winery

Maan Farms has been part of the Abbotsford farming community for 40 years. When Kris and Devinder Maan took over from Kris’s parents when they retired, the family-run farm grew even more as the Maans, with children Preena, Gurleen, Gaurav and Amir, expanded to include opportunities for the community to …

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