People who read this column know that I promote the benefits of supporting natural habitats. The notion of a clean and neat looking agricultural property with crops surrounded by bare soil and neatly mown turf grass is still a strong image. more »

Jul 7, 2016 12:39 PM Environment

Assume that your winery is among the many small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the business and has an interest in sustainability. Perhaps you have already undertaken several related environmental or social initiatives. more »

Jun 9, 2016 9:57 AM Environment

The popularity of organic food and beverage products has skyrocketed in recent years. Consumer appetites for organic foods have become insatiable, catapulting them into one of the fastest growing agriculture sectors. more »

Dec 2, 2015 12:00 AM Environment

Trapped Snake

Jared Maida

As owner of a small rural property I’m amazed at the wildlife I see at my place so close to Penticton. I found bear and coyote scat near the fence line this morning, a gopher snake in the chicken coop, and a wild cottontail rabbit munching on the gra more »

Oct 8, 2015 12:00 AM Environment

Sustainability, in the wine business, as with most other industries, is a timely and exciting wave that is changing the business world, turning challenges into opportunities. more »

Oct 8, 2015 12:00 AM Environment

Townsend's Bats

Photo courtesy of Juliet Craig

Bats play an important role in our environment, consuming large amounts of insects, some of which are costly agricultural and forest pests in their larval and adult flying forms. more »

Jun 8, 2015 2:42 PM Environment

This column has frequently featured farmers who work with stewardship organizations. Environmental stewardship refers to protection of the environment through conservation and sustainable practices. more »

Dec 4, 2014 1:17 PM Environment

On the banks of the Similkameen River near Cawston, Forbidden Fruit Winery has been welcoming guests to its tasting room for ten years. more »

Oct 1, 2014 1:45 PM Environment

The prospect of going green and doing so in a way that customers won’t poke holes in can be daunting. Yet, consumers are demanding it and there is no shortage of evidence to prove it. more »

Jul 10, 2014 2:04 PM Environment

We’ve all heard that honey bees and native bees are in trouble in North America. There seem to be a number of factors leading to the decline of native pollinator populations of honey bee colonies. more »

Jun 10, 2014 3:57 PM Environment

Tread Softly

Stephen Boles

Stephen Boles the President of Kuzuka (www.kuzuka.com), a leading corporate sustainability services consulting firm with extensive experience in the agriculture and food and beverage sectors.

The Wild Things


Margaret Holm Margaret Holm of OSCA, the Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance located in Penticton.

Step Into the Green

Angela Nagy

Angela Nagy is the CEO of GreenStep Solutions Inc., which delivers the Green Tourism Canada certification program.