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Land Stewardship

Organic Stories: UBC Farm, Vancouver, BC

Cultivating Climate Resilience in a Living Laboratory Constance Wylie Surrounded by forest and sea, the University of British Columbia is a quick 30 minute bus ride west of downtown Vancouver. A city unto itself, more than 55,800 students and close to 15,000 faculty and staff study, work, live, and play there. A small but growing… Keep Reading

California Programs Show How Farmers Are Key to Reversing Climate Change

Shauna MacKinnon From extreme flooding to drought and previously unheard of temperature variability, climate change is a serious matter for BC organic growers. While agriculture is feeling more than its share of climate change impacts, a set of solutions exist where farmers and ranchers play a key role. Land-based climate solutions can avoid and absorb… Keep Reading

Onions by Moss Dance at Birds and Beans

Footnotes from the Field: Intergenerational Soil Stewardship

Intergenerational Soil Stewardship: Our Only Hope? Marjorie Harris BSc, IOIA V.O. P.Ag Soil, specifically topsoil, is the foundation of life on this earth. Earth is the only planet with healthy fertile soil on it that we know of yet, in the whole of the universe. Fertile soil is a little-understood mixture of biology and geology… Keep Reading

A New Model for Integrated Habitat Development

For Bees, Birds, and Fish (IEHD-BBF) Saikat Kumar Basu Global bee populations are showing an alarming decline due to a number of factors like environmental pollution, indiscriminate use and over applications of various agro-chemicals, industrial agricultural practices detrimental to nature, changes in the land use patterns, and parasitic diseases of bees as well as lack… Keep Reading

Footnotes from the Field: Celebrating the Flight of the Bumblebee

Marjorie Harris BSc, IOIA V.O. P.Ag When I think of the ‘wholeness’ of a bioregional ecosystem and imagine the inner workings to identify which biological organisms could have the greatest influence on the entire system, nothing seems to compete with the influential power of the domesticated honey bee. This industrious pollinator flies great distances to… Keep Reading

Organic Farming to Enhance Native Species

Tanya Brouwer Agricultural activities are often blamed for the demise of the planet’s environmental systems. It is not uncommon to hear about deforestation, drained wetlands, and dying grasslands when referencing agriculture. Yet the Canadian Organic Standard specifically states that “organic agriculture should sustain and enhance the health of soil, plants, animals, humans and the planet… Keep Reading

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