• The Proven Power of Flowers

    February 03, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    Aimée Taylor is well versed in the power of plants. Not in their medicinal or nutritional uses, but the healthy benefits of simply being near them. Growing them, nurturing them, harvesting them -- Taylor has seen first-hand how plants can give purpose, pride and a sense of community to those who might be feeling isolated, depressed, or helpless.
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  • A Kitchen Garden Crowns the Hotel Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth

    February 01, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    All executive chefs will tell you as much; the quality and freshness of foods on a menu are proof of excellence. The hotel Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth in downtown Montréal embraces this culinary philosophy by serving healthy, savoury dishes with the utmost respect for the environment. Would you be surprised to learn that many ingredients come from the garden located atop the hotel’s main roof… on the 22nd floor?
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  • More Than a Park VanDusen Bonatical Garden is a City Treasure

    January 31, 2012 | Posted by Ed .

    the development and major changes at Vancouver's top horticultural institutions, VanDusen Botanical Garden and the University of B.C. Botanical Garden. The first thing to say about VanDusen Botanical Garden, the 55-acre treasure trove of plants in the heart of Vancouver at the corner of 33rd and Oak Street, is that it is not a park.
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  • 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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