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Spring 2018

Revitalizing the Agricultural Land Reserve

Editor’s Note: What follows is the Certified Organic Association of BC’s submission to the Minister’s Advisory Committee on Revitalizing the ALR (Agricultural Land Reserve) and ALC (Agricultural Land Commission). The Certified Organic Associations of BC appreciates the opportunity provided by the BC Ministry of Agriculture to submit input regarding revitalizing the Agricultural Land Reserve.As the… Keep Reading

Animal Behaviour and Stockmanship

Or: How to Never Have to Chase Sheep in Circles Around a Paddock Ever Again! Sara Sutherland Many people believe that sheep are stupid. Even people who have never worked with sheep tend to think that sheep are stupid. Broadly speaking, there are two categories of things that sheep do that make people think they… Keep Reading

Rebecca Kneen, Carmen Wakeling, Heather Pritchard at COABC 2018 Conference

2018 Conference Recap

Bioregionalism: Resilience in a Changing Climate Moss Dance One thing that struck me about this year’s annual COABC conference was the high level of engagement and the cohesiveness of the organic community. This year’s theme was “Bioregionalism: Resilience in a Changing Climate,” and the organic farmers and friends who showed up to learn, share, and… Keep Reading

Leet and onion starts at a plant sale

Footnotes from the Field: Seeds of Resilience

Seeds of Resilience for Thriving Bioregionalism Marjorie Harris BSc, IOIA V.O. P.Ag Bioregionalism is a philosophical concept that promotes the harmonization of human culture and activities with those of the environmental bioregion they reside in. There is also an emphasis on local food production for local markets, including indigenous plants and animals. The organic community… Keep Reading

Ask an Expert: Fostering Resilient Soil Ecosystems

Emma Holmes, Organics Specialist, BC Ministry of Agriculture Studies examining soil microbes are showing huge potential to improve growing practices. A number of soil microorganisms have abilities to increase soil fertility, aid in nutrient and water uptake by the root system, and protect crops against pests and disease. Soil Bio-fertilizers If you grow legumes, you… Keep Reading

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