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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

Ask an Expert: BC Seed Security

Scaling Up Organic Vegetable Seed Production in BC Emma Holmes, P.Ag The organic seed sector will be getting a boost through a comprehensive project that includes seed production, business, and market supports. FarmFolk CityFolk, which has been working to cultivate local, sustainable food systems since 1993, will be leading the project with funding provided from… Keep Reading

Footnotes from the Field: Mother Earth is Heating Up

BC Crop Adaptation & Diversification in Climate Change Marjorie Harris BSc, IOIA V.O. P.Ag I have stood on my back porch trying to imagine what a three kilometer high Cordilleran Ice sheet would have looked like here 12,000 years before the last big melt. It is estimated that people arrived in BC’s virgin landscape only… Keep Reading

GM Updates: Pulling Solutions out of Thin Air

The Dangers of Investing in the Promise of the Techno-Fix Lucy Sharratt For 20 years, the world’s biggest seed and pesticide companies have profited from selling genetically modified (GM, also called genetically engineered) seeds that are tied to their brand name herbicide formulations. In fact, almost 100% of the GM crops now grown in Canada… Keep Reading

Workplace Safety Doesn’t Come Naturally

Lennea Durant A solid health and safety program is important for any agriculture business, but workplace safety doesn’t always come naturally. Often safety practices are implemented after the fact, once a worker has been injured. There are over 26,000 agricultural workers in British Columbia and 550 organic farms operating in the province.(1) Between 2013 and… Keep Reading

Organic Stories: Gabriola Food Hub

A Two-Wheeled Ride through Gabriola’s Growing Local Food Economy Hannah Roessler Graham Bradley is a busy guy. I catch him on a rare day off to talk about the Gabriola Food Hub, but we end up delving into the importance of cultural shift, decolonization, green transportation, feeding passions, and systems thinking. The spill over into… Keep Reading

Meat from Here

Challenges to Localizing Meat Production Tristan Banwell Consider for a moment the complexities of the industrial meat supply chain. Livestock could be born on one farm, sold and moved to another location for finishing, trucked to yet another premises for slaughter. The carcass will be butchered and processed at a different location, and sold at… Keep Reading

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