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Ask an Expert: BC Farmers & Ranchers Learning Together

Emma Holmes The Sustainable Agricultural Landscapes (SAL) Lab at UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems is taking a collaborative approach to research that supports producers in making management decisions that are science-based and regionally grounded. I recently had the opportunity to catch up with Sean Smukler, DeLisa Lewis, Amy Norgaard, and Raelani Kesler from… Keep Reading

Sparkly Eyes, Grit, and Land Access

New Organic Farmers on Leased Land Tessa Wetherill Spring on an organic produce farm looks like baby greens, tiny radishes, overflowing seedling greenhouses, and freshly turned soil. Everything feels precious and new and brimming with possibility. Touring around Loveland Acres in Salmon Arm with farmers Robin and Maylene, those feelings were especially palpable and poignant… Keep Reading

Organic Stories: West Enderby Farm

From Carrots to COR Darcy Smith Carrots: “hard to grow, but easy to sell,” says Paddy Doherty, who farms at West Enderby Farm with his partner Elaine Spearling. When late November rolls around and most vegetable farmers are finally kicking up their feet for a few moments of rest, Paddy and Elaine’s farm is still… Keep Reading

Footnotes from the Field: Organic Supply Chain

Integrity from Field to Fork Marjorie Harris COR Section 8: Maintaining organic integrity during cleaning, preparation and transportation Operators are responsible for maintaining organic integrity at all points of the market supply chain, from production through point of sale to the final consumer. Organic product integrity, from the farmer’s field to the consumer’s fork, is… Keep Reading

Covert Family Farm - Portrait proud family vintners in vineyard

Organic Stories: Covert Farms, Oliver, BC

Fighting Drought through Complex Ecosystems By Emma Holmes Irecently had the pleasure of visiting Covert Farms Family Estate in Oliver, where Gene Covert, a third-generation farmer, gave me a tour of his family’s 650 acre organic farm, vineyard, and winery. Gene’s grandpa George Covert bought the desert-like piece of land back in 1959, and although… Keep Reading

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