Fraser Valley Blueberry Field

The 2016 Fruit Leadership Race

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



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

Nov 24, 2016 3:41 PM Fruit

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 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

Family Business

Photo by Kim Elsasser

It can take years to hone the knowledge and diverse skills that make a good farmer, and young farmers today face many additional challenges including the significant cost of land to even get started. more

Oct 1, 2016 4:30 AM Fruit

From the time it is a seedling, how a tree’s roots form and grow are an important indication of future health and production. more

Oct 1, 2016 1:25 AM Fruit

What could possibly be worse than anticipating a fantastic crop, only to witness it being wiped out by a disease-causing pathogen? Picking that bumper crop, preparing it for shipping and finding out it’s infected as it arrives overseas. more

Oct 1, 2016 1:20 AM Fruit

Biodegradable mulches are being explored for both strawberry and raspberry fields. Researchers and growers hope this new era of mulches can improve plant results and reduce plastics in landfills. more

Jul 7, 2016 3:20 PM Fruit

One of the impacts of climate change and warmer average temperatures is the increasing number of areas suitable for production of sweet cherries occurring in the BC Interior and north Okanagan. more

Jul 7, 2016 3:13 PM Fruit

Orchard & Vine Wine Survey – We asked … You answered

Wine Bottle Preview

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

Orchard & Vine Fruit Survey 2016


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

Vancouver Island Summer of Cider

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.

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