Measuring Soil Moisture
It has been a wet start to the summer for many producers, but irrigation and water optimization are still top of mind for growers! Quiet Valley Cherry Orchard in Creston is participating in a trial to assess if mulching will make a difference to soil moisture and fruit quality. Preliminary results indicate that mulching makes a small difference to soil moisture and that there is an opportunity to reduce irrigation water which will be trialed next season. Read more.
Don Low, owner of Quiet Valley Farms, explains the mulching trial at a recent field day in Creston.
In This Issue
Headline News: Adaptation Plan, Land Linking, Cost of Production this Fall
Farmer Profile: Wloka Fruit Farms, Creston
Local Dirt: Garlic Tips and Tricks, Speciality Crops, Agriculture in the Slocan Valley
NEW REPORT: Adaptation Strategies Increase Resiliency of Kootenay & Boundary Producers
A NEW PLAN outlines climate adaptation strategies and actions for strengthening the resilience of agriculture in the Kootenay & Boundary region. “It is important for agriculture to get a head start on dealing with the negative consequences that climate change will bring. Lack of water and the extreme fire situation are some of my biggest worries,” says Faye Street, who represented the Kootenay Livestock Association on the advisory committee for the Adaptation Strategies Plan. $300,000 in funding through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership is allocated to support projects identified as priority actions. Projects will commence as early as fall, 2019.
Want land? Got Land? BC Land Matching Program Growing Strong
The BC Land Matching Program, delivered by Young Agrarians, has been picking up steam since launching in the Columbia Basin in July, 2018. To date, 3 agreements have been signed in the Kootenays and 4 more are in negotiation phase for a variety of farm businesses across the Basin.
Cost of Production Workshops for Beef and Vegetables Coming this Fall
Do you know what it costs to produce that pound of tomatoes or kilo of beef? Cost of production as a tool for creating a more efficient, profitable farm, is one of the topics where information is most frequently requested by farmers in the Columbia Basin region. The Basin Business Advisors Agriculture Program is launching a new Cost of Production workshop this fall. There is no cost to attend but space is limited. Register early through the following links:
Cranbrook – (Meat producers) Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Invermere – (Meat and vegetable producers), Thursday, November 14, 2019
Nelson – (Vegetable producers) Thursday, February 13, 2020
Wloka Fruit Farms a Creston Landmark
Stepping into Wloka Fruit Stand, you would never guess that the diversity of fruit and vegetables for sale are all grown on one 9-acre farm! In operation since 2008, the farm produces a mix of cherries, peaches, plums, apples, pears, apricots and raspberries, and a number of vegetables. “Frank loves the challenge of working with a diversity of crops, and I’m passionate about working with customers and staff,” Barb says. Wloka employs up to 45 people in the height of the busy season……..
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Provincial Field Day: BC Forage Council
Vernon: August 9
Join forage expert and field day host Mike Witt for a Field Day that includes alternative cropping methods for corn, cover cropping demonstration, carbon sequestration and more!!
Creston: August 18
Join Young Agrarians on Sunday, August 18th, to visit four farms in the beautiful Creston Valley. Stay for a potluck and live music.
Workshop: Food Business Accelerator Program
Cranbrook: September 16 +
8-week accelerator program starts the week of Sept 16th. The program will assist early stage food companies in successfully operating and growing their businesses.
Workshop: Rejuvenating Soil Life
Greenwood: September 26 & 27
Unleash the power of your soil!! Join world-renowned agro-ecologist Nicole Masters to dive deep into regenerative agriculture to enhance your farm’s resiliency and productivity.
Basin Food Summit
Rossland: October 24 & 25
This year the Food and Buyers Expo, Agriculture Forum and the Young Agrarians Kootenay Mixer are combined into one event! Don’t miss this annual gathering of producers, buyers and food processors.
AGM & Provincial Field Day: BC Forage Council
Vernon: August 8 & 9
Field Day will include sessions on alternative cropping, methods for corn, cover cropping demonstration, carbon sequestration and more!!
Save the date: 2019 Basin Food & Buyers Expo + Ag Forum
Rossland: August 24 & 25
Don’t miss this annual gathering of producers, buyers and food processors. This year the Expo + Ag Forum + Young Agrarian’s Kootenay Mixer are combined into one event!
Stay tuned for additional field days coming this fall!
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New Report: Agriculture in the Slocan Valley
Garlic Harvest Commence! Efficiencies & Disease
Economic Feasibility of Specialty Crops
NEW Food Policy for Canada
Canada’s first ever Federal Food Policy was announced on June 17 after consultation with more than 45,000 stakeholders. Highlights include creation of a Canadian Food Policy Advisory Council; a five-year $50 million Local Food Infrastructure Fund (see below), new Canada Brand and Buy Canadian promotional campaigns, and funding to crack down on food fraud.
Local Food Infrastructure Fund
The Local Food Infrastructure Fund, created as part of the new Federal Food Policy (see above) has two program streams:
Stream 1 is aimed at enabling small community-based organizations to improve their infrastructure and purchase equipment.
Stream 2 targets groups and organizations that collectively have the mission to reduce food insecurity in a sustainable manner.
NEW Task Force to Boost BC Agriculture Through Tech and Innovation
The Province has created the Food Security Task Force to find new ways to use technology and innovation to strengthen B.C.’s agriculture sector.