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Organic Stories: Covert Farms, Oliver, BC

Fighting Drought through Complex Ecosystems By Emma Holmes Irecently had the pleasure of visiting Covert Farms Family Estate in Oliver, where Gene Covert, a third-generation farmer, gave me a tour of his family’s 650 acre organic farm, vineyard, and winery. Gene’s grandpa George Covert bought the desert-like piece of land back in 1959, and although… Keep Reading

Adapting at Fraser Common Farm Cooperative

Photos and text by Michael Marrapese In 2018 Fraser Common Farm Co-operative—home of Glorious Organics—undertook a year long on-farm research project to explore how small farms could adapt to climate change. Seeing the changes in seasonal rainfall, climate predictions by Environment Canada, and new ground water regulations from the provincial government, the cooperative could see… Keep Reading

Footnotes from the Field: Fall 2019

Water, Water, Everywhere… and Not a Drop to Drink! Marjorie Harris Special thanks to Tim Rundle of Creative Salmon for helping pull this synopsis on Aquaculture together! The Canadian Aquaculture Standard CAN/CGSB-32.312 was published in 2012, with the new revision released in February 2018. The Aquaculture Standard stipulates the following: Section 1.3: In the event of… Keep Reading

Unsustainable Use of Water

An Impending Global Danger S. K. Basu Water conservation has been an increasingly important priority across the planet in developed, developing, and under-developed nations in both hemispheres. The alarming increase in global human population across the planet has been putting excessive pressures on all our natural resources. Water is one such commodity that has been… Keep Reading

Organic Research: Venting Problems?

How Geothermal Systems May Help Organic Greenhouse Management This article originally appeared in Organic Science Canada magazine, Issue 1, 2018, as part of Organic Science Cluster II (OSCII), a national research and development endeavour led by the  Organic Federation of Canada and the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada at Dalhousie University OSCII with funding provided by Agriculture and… Keep Reading

Footnotes From the Field: Advancing Plant Health in the Anthropocene Epoch

Marjorie Harris BSc, IOIA V.O. CAN/GSB-32.310-2015: Amended March 2018 5.4.1 The main objective of the soil fertility and crop nutrient management program shall be to establish and maintain a fertile soil using practices that maintain or increase soil humus levels, that promote an optimum balance and supply of nutrients, and that stimulate biological activity within… Keep Reading

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