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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

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

BC Eco Seed Coop Heather Pritchard, Jen Cody seeds

Co-operative Hands

David Catzel, Hannah Lewis, Mary Alice Johnson & Mel Sylvestre The B.C. Eco Seed Co-op is Supercharging BC’s Vibrant Seed Scene Seed diversity has been ever changing over the last century. As small farms were abandoned or amalgamated into huge monocrop businesses, the newly formed large agricultural corporations drove the demand for single varieties of… Keep Reading

COABC 2016 Resilience

2016 COABC Conference

Michelle Tsutsumi, Conference Coordinator Legacy, Inspiration, Rejuvenation This year’s conference was filled with anticipation about our illustrious keynote speaker and the many engaging session topics. There were also undertones of sadness, both from the ongoing ripples from losing Mary Forstbauer in the fall and the more recent passing of Cathleen Kneen—two tenacious and spirited women… Keep Reading

farming at Close to Home Organic farm co-operative

Co-operation As a Business Model?

Chris Bodnar If you tell most people that they can succeed in business by cooperating rather than competing, they might laugh you out of the room. Competition is, after all, the basis of our market system. Co-operatives, however, operate within a competitive marketplace, but are based on values and practices of cooperation. And co-operatives have a… Keep Reading

Small Flock Chickens, Poultry

Keeping Your Flock Healthy

Caitlin Dorward, Caroline Chiu & Kent Mullinix (Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, Kwantlen Polytechnic University) and Clayton Botkin (BC Ministry of Agriculture) BC’s Fraser Valley is recognized as a major centre for commercial and supply-managed poultry production including layers, broilers, and turkeys. Also prevalent in this area is a small-scale poultry sector; the BC Ministry… Keep Reading

Hand Holding Potato Plant

Ask an Expert: Protecting BC Potatoes from Late Blight

Susan Smith P. Ag., Ministry of Agriculture Solanaceous crops such as potatoes and tomatoes are hosts to late blight, the most destructive disease of potatoes in British Columbia. The pathogen causing late blight, Phytophthora infestans, thrives and produces spores under humid or moist environmental conditions. It causes infection only when free water is present on… Keep Reading

Mary Forstbauer
Organic Community/Winter 2016

In Loving Memory of Mary Forstbauer

Legacy of an Organic Leader This September, as the summer season started to wind down, the COABC video project team had the honour of spending a few hours with Mary Forstbauer on her farm, interviewing her about her life on the land, and her vision for future generations of farmers. As always, Mary was enthusiastic,… Keep Reading

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