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Making Biochar

Footnotes from the Field: Biochar

Marjorie Harris BSc, IOIA VO, P.Ag. with many thanks to Zbigniew Wierzbicki of Elderberry Lane Farm for sharing his knowledge and experience Turning Wood into Long Term Soil Fertility Hooray! Biochar has arrived in the new PSL Nov. 25th 2015 edition! Biochar is considered an excellent way to increase long term soil fertility. As an… Keep Reading

Claremont Ranch Organics transition planning

Passing on the Farm

Bob McCoubrey A Succession Planning Story After more than 35 years of growing tree fruits and vegetables on our small farm in Lake Country, it was time to think about retirement. Our joints were telling us to ease up on the physical work and our son and daughter had moved on to other towns and… Keep Reading

BC Seed Trials Field Day in Chilliwack

The BC Seed Trials

Shauna MacKinnon Scaling Up Ecological Seed Production British Columbia is home to a vegetable industry worth $2.8 billion annually, but nearly every seed planted to grow those veggies is produced outside of Canada. While local, organic vegetable production is on the upswing, seed production is lagging. That may not appear to be a problem when… Keep Reading

Merville Organics Farmer Co-operative

Collective Marketing for Veggie Farmers

Moss Dance Get Your Produce in a Pile! I was lucky to witness the flourishing of the Saanich Organics farming (and marketing!) co-operative when I lived and farmed on southern Vancouver Island. In their book All the Dirt: Reflections on Organic Farming, Saanich Organics farmers Robin Tunnicliffe, Heather Stretch, and Rachel Fisher describe an amusing… Keep Reading

buffers

The Two Faces of the Vegetated Buffer

By Marjorie Harris BSc, IOIA VO, P.Ag. CAN/CGSB 32.310-2015 5.2.1 Measures shall be taken to minimize the phsyical movement of prohibited substances onto organic land and crops from:
a) adjacent areas If unintended contact with prohibited substances is possible, distinct buffer zones or other features suf cient to prevent contamination are required: Clause 5.2 Environmental Factors… Keep Reading

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