Features

The Summerland research station, as it is often called by locals, is best known for its work with tree fruits, having developed several varieties of apples and cherries that are now among the most popular in the world.

Gary Symons

A Century of Innovation at Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre

It will take a LOT of candles to celebrate the ‘birthday’ this year for the Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre. more »

Jul 10, 2014 Features

Tom Baumann is coordinator and director of the Pacific Berry Resource Centre in Chilliwack.

Ronda Payne

New Programs at UFV will make for Berry Good Results

Plants aren't the only thing growing at the University of the Fraser Valley's agriculture department in Chilliwack. First, there was the official opening of the Agriculture Centre of Excellence by Premier Christy Clark. more »

Jul 10, 2014 Fruit

Less Hands On and More Local Love

From a Summerland cherry orchard to a Vancouver Island winery and apiary, the Investment Agriculture Foundation of British Columbia is helping make things easier for a pair of small farms who want to see their businesses grow. more »

Jul 10, 2014 Fruit

The Custom Crush

Summerland’s Okanagan Crush Pad is a progressive winery that has made bold business moves, resulting in impressive accolades in the three years since it began. more »

Jul 10, 2014 Wine

Added Value Equals Added Awareness & Added Profits

Agritourism includes everything from value-added products to U-Picks to farm stays. Simply put, agritourism is any activity that brings visitors to your farm. more »

Jun 10, 2014 Features

Gary Symons

Vibrant Vine Winemaker Launching Eight ‘Tineries’

So, it’s clearly a weird day. I’m standing in a tiny picker shack with a mad inventor, listening to the howl of electronic sound coming out of a huge speaker, and watching as the sound gradually creates an elegant pictograph out of table salt. more »

Jun 10, 2014 Wine (1 Comments)

Chris Wyse and Nora Grütters, Canada’s Trade Commissioner for Agriculture and Seafood Products in Düsseldorf

Michael Botner

Canada Carves Out Presence at Prowein 2014

Canada needs to invest more heavily in marketing wines abroad, says the president of Burrowing Owl Estate Winery. more »

Jun 10, 2014 Wine

Selling Distinction – Shuswap Wines Come into Their Own

The wineries of the Shuswap, north of the Okanagan, are becoming known for their award-winning “cool climate” wines, unique location and distinctive terroir. more »

Jun 10, 2014 Wine

Bringing Young Farmers Together

Sara Dent, BC coordinator of the Young Agrarians, explained the primary role of the organization is bringing farmers together both online and offline. more »

Jun 10, 2014 Features

Safety Resources for B.C. Fruit and Grape Growers

Understanding how to work in and around confined spaces can save your life. That’s an important message for B.C. farmers and food producers. more »

Jun 10, 2014 Features

Cherries to China

After Seven Years, BC Growers Ready to Crack the China Export Market more »

Apr 9, 2014 Fruit

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Bugs with Benefits

On the outskirts of Nanoose Bay, on Vancouver Island, 10 buildings are spread over a fairly typical farm property. Horses roam the green fields ... but this is definitely not a horse ranch; it's a ranch of a very different kind. more »

Apr 9, 2014 Features

Kelowna grower Hank Markgraf (right) and the organizing committee for the IFTA conference pose with their impromptu 'Olympic' medals, made of valuable Canadian Loonies.

Gary Symons

Dwarf Trees, Huge Production

IFTA Conference Delegates Praise BC Growers more »

Apr 9, 2014 Fruit

Fruit Bandits Try to Steal Canadian Cherry Patents

Fruit growers are in for what Keith Carlson calls a global 'Scientific War' over new fruit varieties developed in Canada. more »

Apr 9, 2014 Fruit

Agri-Tourism Made Simple

Does starting an agri-tourism business seem too complicated? Maybe it’s not your cup of tea to have the public on your property? more »

Apr 9, 2014 Publisher's View

Shippers Supply Develops New PLU Label

You wouldn’t normally think of a shipping supply company as being innovative – especially one that has been around for more than 38 years. Then again, you haven’t met Ron Brown – founder and President at Shippers Supply. more »

Apr 9, 2014 Innovations

Mario Piombo

Innovative Process To Reuse Your Barrels

In bygone days, when a wine barrel was past its prime, it usually ended up being cut in half and sitting in someone’s yard as a planter. Now those barrels can be restored using a technology known as Phoenix, developed by Diverse Barrel Solutions. more »

Jul 21, 2013 Features

How to Save Money Spraying

Slimline Manufacturing is more than a sprayer manufacturer. They take customer service one step further by giving farmers, orchardists, and vineyard workers the information they need to stay competitive by saving money. more »

Jan 25, 2013 Features

Kubota

Kubota's Top 5 for Orchard and Vineyard Use

Before you buy any new equipment to improve your operations efficiency in 2013, have a look at what Kubota has to offer. more »

Dec 14, 2012 Features

  • The Business of Summer Fun

    I remember summer being a time when I got a chance to run around barefoot until the streetlights came on and my feet were black, and swimming in my local pool and eating at least one Fudgsicle per day. more »

    Jun 10, 2014 Publisher's View

  • Agri-Tourism Made Simple

    Does starting an agri-tourism business seem too complicated? Maybe it’s not your cup of tea to have the public on your property? more »

    Apr 9, 2014 Publisher's View

  • We Like to Party!

    ‘We like, we like to party!’ Do you remember that song from 1998 by the Vengaboys? It came to mind while I was thinking about the International Tree Fruit Association Annual Conference coming to Kelowna this month, February 22-26. more »

    Feb 12, 2014 Publisher's View

  • 2013 Semi-Sweet for Growers

    I was lucky enough this year to be given a large bag of hail-damaged apples that were left over from a donation to a women’s pie-making group. The apples were so fresh, crisp and delicious; I enjoyed each one and made a few apple crisps as well. more »

    Nov 29, 2013 Publisher's View

  • Family Business

    What is a family business like? Is it more than just working in your business with one or more family members? The best businesses operate like a family business, where everyone is collaborating and pulling together. more »

    Sep 25, 2013 Publisher's View

  • Like the Good ol’ days

    My grandfather was a builder in the 1940s, he had a very good reputation around town for building quality, constructed homes. more »

    Jul 10, 2013 Publisher's View

  • Memory Makers

    We’ve been hearing a lot lately on how important it is to tell your story to prospective customers. more »

    Jun 3, 2013 Publisher's View

  • Attitude & Aptitude

    During a recent conversation with a school intake counselor regarding my son’s education into a trade course, the two words she declared powerfully that would insure job success was ‘attitude and aptitude’. more »

    Apr 8, 2013 Publisher's View

  • Turn your wrist this year

    There was an optimistic mood shift in the air at the recent BC Fruit Growers’ AGM, with the election of new president, Jeet Dukhia and also with the announcement of an extension to the replant program made by Agricultural Minister Norm Letnick. more »

    Feb 6, 2013 Publisher's View

  • Orchard & Vine is Now Online

    When your customers ask you for a special product order or service, do you try to accommodate them? I bet if you can, that answer is ‘Yes.’ When you’re open to new possibilities for your business, ideas can come in from a variety of sources. more »

    Dec 11, 2012 Publisher's View

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