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Summer 2019

Organic Stories: HAY! There’s a Fire!

Meagan Curtis During the first decades of the 20th century in rural Vancouver Island, horses were used for farm work and personal transportation. It seemed everyone had a horse of some kind. Horses co-harvested the hay and grain that would feed and warm them through a cold rainy winter after these crops were cut by… Keep Reading

Organic Research: Venting Problems?

How Geothermal Systems May Help Organic Greenhouse Management This article originally appeared in Organic Science Canada magazine, Issue 1, 2018, as part of Organic Science Cluster II (OSCII), a national research and development endeavour led by the  Organic Federation of Canada and the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada at Dalhousie University OSCII with funding provided by Agriculture and… Keep Reading

Footnotes From the Field: Advancing Plant Health in the Anthropocene Epoch

Marjorie Harris BSc, IOIA V.O. CAN/GSB-32.310-2015: Amended March 2018 5.4.1 The main objective of the soil fertility and crop nutrient management program shall be to establish and maintain a fertile soil using practices that maintain or increase soil humus levels, that promote an optimum balance and supply of nutrients, and that stimulate biological activity within… Keep Reading

Biodynamic Farm Story: Cosmic Compost

Anna Helmer Hello and welcome once again to The Biodynamic Farming Experience for the Celestially-Challenged: a partly-formed, poorly-articulated, and over-hyphenated chronicle of a particular journey in which a woman-farmer-of-a-certain-age-and-experience (me) delves into the theory and, more importantly, the practice of Biodynamic farming in search of fun and the future of farming. Rambling along here, aren’t… Keep Reading

Wildfire Prevention and Farm Safety

Wendy Bennett, CRSP, Executive Director, AgSafeBC It’s only been two years since one of British Columbia’s most devastating wildfire seasons. In 2017 over 1.2 million hectares were destroyed by 1,353 wildfires in the Cariboo, Kamloops, southeast and coastal regions. According to recent forecasts, this summer could be another long, hot, and dry one. The effects… Keep Reading

10 Actions to Prepare for Wildfire Season

BC Agriculture & Food Climate Action Initiative The impacts of climate change include hotter and drier summers, which means that wildfires are expected to become more frequent and intense. But ranchers can take steps to prepare for an emergency wildfire event and reduce risks to their operation. The following actions are extracted from the Workbook:… Keep Reading

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