• Governments of Canada and British Columbia Help Advance Tree Fruit Industry

    January 30, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Kelowna, British Columbia, January 27, 2012 – British Columbia’s tree fruit growers will save on operating costs and continue to drive the economy thanks to support from the Governments of Canada and British Columbia to modernize the Okanagan Tree Fruit Cooperative’s storage facility in Lake Country. Member of Parliament Ron Cannan (Kelowna – Lake Country), on behalf of federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, and B.C. Agriculture Minister Don McRae announced the investment today at the 123rd Annual General Meeting of the British Columbia Fruit Grower’s Association
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  • Planting his Dream in the City

    January 26, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    In the heart of Burnaby, the highrises of Metrotown preside over the hustle and bustle of a modern city and all its trappings, from the rumble of the SkyTrain to the honking of cars. But head south, as the crow flies, through Royal Oak and past Marine Drive, towards the Fraser River and there - just beyond the industrial complexes of the Big Bend - is a small and peaceful pocket of countryside.
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  • Cosmetic Pesticide Ban Sparked by Farm Debate

    January 24, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Lantzville's debate around urban farming has triggered early talks about a cosmetic pesticide ban. Councillor Graham Savage plans to soon propose a ban on pesticides and herbicides after urban farming consultations revealed public concern about the integrity of the local aquifer. The ban would prelude a province-wide ban anticipated to be in the works.
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  • VertiCrop Processes 10,000 Every 3 Days Using Vertical Hydroponic Farming

    January 23, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Vertical farming is one of the most innovative solutions for lowering the amount of energy, space, and water needed to grow food, but Valcent Products has taken the practice to a whole new level with their revolutionary VertiCrop technology. By applying Henry Ford’s super-efficient assembly line concept to vertical hydroponic farming, the Vancouver-based firm can produce the same amount of produce on a standard sized residential lot that most farmers would be able to grow on a 16-acre plot.
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  • Harper Government Plows Down Red Tape on the Farm

    January 20, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Ottawa, Ontario, January 20, 2012 - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today issued a statement following the release of the report from the Red Tape Reduction Commission earlier this week and the Canadian Federation of Independent Business Red Tape Awareness Week news release on farmers in Canada issued today.
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  • Properties Sought to Participate in Growing Program

    January 17, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Wanted: Urban backyards suitable for planting. Young Urban Farmers CSA is gearing up for its 2012 season and is on the lookout for as many yards to convert into vegetable gardens as people are willing to donate. Young Urban Farmers is a non-profit organization whose aim is to turn Toronto backyards into sustainable sources of fresh, locally grown food for city dwellers.
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  • Record Funding for Crops Research

    January 13, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Today, Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Bob Bjornerud and Member of Parliament Kelly Block (Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar), on behalf of federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, announced a record $8.3 million in crop-related research funding from the Saskatchewan Agriculture Development Fund (ADF). The record amount of funding is being awarded to 34 crop-related research projects.
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  • Urban Farmers in Vancouver Earn Less Than $9 an Hour

    January 12, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Urban farmers in Vancouver are at that awkward in-between stage: They are gaining traction with growing public interest in fresh local food and farmers markets, but not quite making a living at it. A report based on figures from 2010 found that eight urban farms with a total of 2.3 acres under crops earned $128,580, or $13,745 per growing season for each farmer. That’s an hourly rate of $8.64, based on a work day that varies seasonally.
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  • Harper Government and Canadian Wheat Board Working Together to Strengthen Wheat and Barley Industry

    January 11, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Winnipeg, Manitoba, January 11, 2012 - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz met today with the reinvigorated Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) as they begin working together in the best interests of western Canadian wheat and barley farmers and position the voluntary marketing entity for success in an open market.
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  • New Council Tackles Urban Farming

    January 09, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    LANTZVILLE, BC-The new Lantzville council will, for the first time, address an old issue that resulted in some new council members being elected in November's municipal election. New Mayor Jack de Jong wants to get the issue of complaints regarding urban farming over with as quickly as possible. Tonight, the district council will hear the third reading of the bylaw to amend Lantzville's zoning bylaw (No. 60, 2005) to address urban food gardens. De Jong said he would like Lantzville council to come to a resolution of the issue.
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