Features

Inside this issue you will read about what happened in 2016 in the fruit and wine industry. Along with a readers' survey on fruit and wine. We have an exclusive interview with BC Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick. Along with interesting new stories more

Nov 24, 2016 4:08 PM Issues

2016 Orchard and Vine survey of fruit and berry growers in BC. more

Nov 24, 2016 3:41 PM Fruit

Each year Orchard and Vine connects with B.C. fruit and berry growers and their associations to determine how the season went. It’s an important review in that it delivers information not only about seasonal activities but also struggles and triumphs more

Nov 24, 2016 3:30 PM Fruit

Growers and wineries took the time during a hectic harvest and crush period to respond to the Orchard & Vine 2016 Wine Survey. more

Nov 24, 2016 3:15 PM Wine

Sue Echlin and Vance Lester are on a mission to put Saskatchewan on the map as a Canadian winemaking region. While the Prairie province may not hold great promise for grapes, the founders of Living Sky Winery are crafting table and dessert/port-style more

Nov 24, 2016 2:50 PM Wine

Sea Cider

Photo by Mike Pepperdine, Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse

2016 was a gift of a season for many of the fruit growers on Vancouver Island. The weather seemed to align for a perfect blend of good pollination, early establishment and fruitful ripening. more

Nov 23, 2016 4:57 PM Features

Four winery updates and wine reviews by Michael Botner. Stag’s Hollow 2015 Dolcetto, Conviction 2015 “The Industrialist” Sovereign Opal, Mt. Boucherie Estate 2013 Family Reserve Syrah, Monte Creek Ranch 2015 Hands Up Red. more

Nov 23, 2016 4:46 PM Wine

It has been four years since Norm Letnick was first appointed agriculture minister in B.C., and with an election coming in the spring, he is keen to make sure producers are aware of what the government has accomplished. more

Nov 23, 2016 4:32 PM Features

The B.C. government will require all food and beverage products marketed as “organic” in B.C. to be certified under either a provincial or national certification program by 2018. more

Nov 23, 2016 4:21 PM Funding and Press Releases

The changing climate in the Okanagan has broad implications for agricultural pest control, including increasing populations of problem species, and the arrival of new pests in the region. more

Nov 23, 2016 4:18 PM Fruit

Blueridge Produce

Photo by Province of British Columbia

This is the first full season that B.C. blueberries are being shipped to China. Last summer, a small amount of fresh blueberries were sent to the country to ensure that the packing-and-shipping process met all the requirements. more

Nov 23, 2016 4:13 PM Fruit

On the heels of the Arctic Golden and Arctic Granny apples, the Arctic Fuji apple from Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF) was deregulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service more

Nov 23, 2016 4:08 PM Fruit

Superficially damaged fruit are given a second chance with Mixers and Elixirs. Heidi Kuhn produces small batch shrubs made in Vancouver harvesting local produce. more

Nov 23, 2016 4:04 PM Fruit

The governments of Canada and British Columbia announced changes to the AgriInsurance-Production Insurance program that will help B.C. tree-fruit growers manage the risk of crop losses by hail, spring frost, excessive rain, flooding, drought and wind more

Nov 23, 2016 4:00 PM Fruit

The Naramata Centre welcomed 184 locals, visitors and media around a single long table for a community potluck dinner on Sunday, October 9th. more

Nov 23, 2016 3:56 PM News

The B.C. government’s popular seven-year tree fruit replant program will now assist even more growers with an additional $1 million in funding over the duration of the program. more

Nov 23, 2016 3:52 PM Fruit

The wine industry has grown past the Okanagan Valley and into several regions across Southern BC, but a full-fledged winery in downtown Vancouver? more

Nov 23, 2016 3:49 PM Wineries

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