For the past few years, we have been spreading the positive message about the tree fruit industry and its resurgence. more

May 30, 2017 12:00 AM Fruit Opinions

Today many terms are used to describe the changes we are dealing with in agriculture. Terms such as Agri Tourism, RV Parking, non farm use and worker housing. more

Sep 30, 2016 12:00 AM Fruit Opinions

Interior Health is issuing a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) from interested parties who wish to lease portions of this land for the implementation and operation of intensive agriculture in West Kelowna. more

Aug 18, 2016 12:00 AM News

30 resolutions approved at the 2015 AGM. Listed here. more

Feb 23, 2015 12:00 AM Articles

Norm Letnick at B.C. Beef Day in Victoria.

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Honourable Norm Letnick, Minister of Agriculture The 2014 Orchard & Vine Interview more

Dec 11, 2014 12:00 AM News

Depending on your perspective, the core review of the Agriculture Land Commission and the land reserve itself is either clumsy politicking at its worst, or a cleverly engineered campaign with a hidden agenda. more

Jul 10, 2014 2:21 PM Opinions

In front of a packed Council Chamber, Summerland Mayor and Council made its final vote in favour of the controversial land swap proposal that would remove over 80 hectares of some of the town’s best farming land from the Agricultural Land Reserve. more

Apr 28, 2014 12:00 AM News

The debate over the so-called ‘Land Swap’ in Summerland represents a glimpse into the future of a province where the independent Agricultural Land Commission could lose its autonomy from government. more

Apr 9, 2014 12:27 PM News

The decision on the ALR land swap in Summerland has been postponed indefinitely. Summerland council was scheduled to vote on the proposal to swap 200 acres of farmland near the downtown core, for a larger piece of land on a hill. more

Apr 9, 2014 10:07 AM News

First Time Article on; BC Bud and BC Fruit Growers. Also, BC Fruit Wineries, BC ALR Review, Which Tractor to Buy; Tractor Guide and New Emissions, BCFGA Wants Budget Boost for Agriculture, Agri-Tourism, Vista D'Oro Winery. more

Feb 14, 2014 12:00 AM Magazine

Pat Pimm got exactly the kind of headlines a new cabinet minister doesn't want, when his proposal to reform the Agricultural Land Commission was leaked to the media. more

Feb 13, 2014 2:17 PM Opinions

The BC Fruit Growers Association says drastic cuts to the Ministry of Agriculture have put the future of farming at risk in BC. more

Feb 13, 2014 1:56 PM News

The NDP Agriculture Critic is calling on Minister Pat Pimm to open the consultation process on the core review of the Agricultural Land Commission. more

Feb 13, 2014 1:52 PM News 1 Comments

‘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 11:21 AM Publishers View

The biggest question in BC farming today is what will happen to the Agricultural Land Reserve: Now, a recent Orchard and Vine interview with Agriculture Minister Pat Pimm may provide some of the answers. more

Dec 4, 2013 11:29 AM , News

Dr. Gerry Neilsen and Minister Pimm

BC Government Ministry of Agriculture.

Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm was re-elected in 2013 and appointed Minister of Agriculture in June. Orchard & Vine caught up with him to ask questions posed by our readers. more

Nov 29, 2013 4:30 PM News

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 3:05 PM Publishers View

Sunset Organic Bistro

Michael Botner

Ezra Cipes had good reason to raise a brew when the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (LCLB), after over a year of deliberations, issued a “food primary” license allowing full service of wine, beer and spirits at Summerhill’s Sunset Organic Bistro. more

Sep 25, 2013 3:56 PM Articles