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Land Stewardship

Tristan and Aubyn walking in the pasture at Spray Creek Ranch

Organic Stories: Spray Creek Ranch

Regenerative Ranchers Michelle Tsutsumi and Tristan Banwell Tristan and Aubyn Banwell, managers of Spray Creek Ranch, have shared quite the journey. They met in high school band class in Northern California, spent their university years as urban vegans and then homesteaded off-grid for five years before moving to the juxtaposed landscape of Northern St’at’imc Territory… Keep Reading

Annual Clovers Suitable for Organic Production System

Saikat Kumar Basu Clover is the common English name for different species of plants belonging to the genus Trifolium comprising over 250+ species distributed across the planet. These are legume plants that belong to the plant family Leguminaceae (Fabaceae) indicating these are plants capable of successfully fixing atmospheric nitrogen. Clover is commonly used as a… Keep Reading

Fall 2017/Land Stewardship

Stewarding the Land with the Environmental Farm Plan

Emma Holmes The Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) is a no-charge, voluntary, and confidential program in which producers receive one-on-one support from a qualified Planning Advisor to highlight their farm’s environmental strengths, identify potential risks, and set realistic action plans to improve environmental stewardship. It also supports farmers in taking advantage of tools, techniques, and funding… Keep Reading

Ask an Expert: Farmland Advantage

Making Positive Change to Farmland Biodiversity in BC Susan Smith, Alsion Speirs, and Dave Zehnder Farmland Advantage is a research and development project that works with farmers to conserve and enhance critical natural values in British Columbia. These natural values are often referred to as ecosystem services, which are services of a natural environment that… Keep Reading

Ask an Expert: Pollinator Mix

An Important Solution for Conservation of Bees and Other Insect Pollinators Saikat Kumar Basu Insects such as bees (Order-Hymenoptera), some species of flies (Order-Dipetra) and beetles (Order-Coleoptera), moths and butterflies (Order-Lepidoptera), under the Class-Insecta and Phylum-Arthropoda constitute an important army of natural pollinators that help in the process of pollination in several important crops and… Keep Reading

Holistic Management

Blain Hjertaas Holistic Management is a decision making system that helps us make better decisions. It teaches us to make decisions that are simultaneously sociologically, environmentally, and economically sound. The end result is happy people, healthy profits, and regenerating soils. Holistic Management emphasizes principles of regenerating the soil. Our modern industrial approach to agriculture has… Keep Reading

Indigenous Foodlands and Organic Agriculture, Fairness, and Social Responsibility

Rebecca Kneen Most of us in BC live on unceded territory—territory that was appropriated by settlers from Indigenous peoples without treaty. We are beginning, finally, to explore the implications of this condition on our relationship with the land and our Indigenous neighbours. We are learning that we live within a great contradiction: we want to… Keep Reading

Farmer in field at certified organic farm, black and white

Young Agrarians Land Matching

Darcy Smith The Shifting Paradigm of Land Access in Southern BC At Blue Heron Organic Farm on Vancouver Island, Kris Chand and his wife Maria had been farming organically for several decades. The couple was starting to think about retiring; at the same time, they saw a rising demand for organic food. Happy with the… Keep Reading

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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