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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

Edamame Tohya

Edamame: Just Add Salt

Sue Takarangi North Americans are a recent converts to edamame, while our Chinese and Japanese neighbours across the Pacific have enjoyed this nutrient rich food for centuries. Edamame means “beans on a branch,” and unlike other soybeans they were adapted to be harvested when the seeds are green and plump – perfect for enjoying freshly… Keep Reading

Well managed pastures

Promoting Productive Pastures

Andrea Lawseth, B.Sc., M.Sc., P.Ag. AEL Agroecological Consulting Pasture management is one of the main challenges for organic livestock producers throughout the province. In the lower mainland and on Vancouver Island, we struggle with wet climates and waterlogged grazing areas, while in the interior of the province the hot and arid climate poses other challenges… Keep Reading

Hani Grasser looks out over his sheep at Robson Valley Sheep Farm

Wild & Woolly at Robson Valley Sheep Farm

Marjorie Harris Raising Sheep Demands Constant Vigilance Not far from McBride, BC, nestled in the beautiful Robson Valley bottom land that frames the Fraser River, is a wilderness paradise known as the Robson Valley Sheep Farm. Owned and operated by Theres and Hani Gasser, the certified organic farm is dedicated to raising high quality meat sheep, who share the land with… Keep Reading

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