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At Orchard & Vine, we want to share not only what’s going on in fruit-growing, but also what’s going on with fruit growers. Thank you to the grower-readers who responded to this year’s survey. We know how busy you are and appreciate you taking time t Read more

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BC’s berry growers are pleased with a provincial contribution of $200,000 a year for five years to support new research into blueberries, strawberries and raspberries. Read more

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thrip damage

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SWD damage on blueberries.

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With few tools available for spotted wing drosophila management, research is making great strides in organic solutions. Read more

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The question often arises among cranberry growers: to sand or not to sand? Dr. Rebecca Harbut of the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Department at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) finds that while the practice of sanding may be commonpl Read more

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Bees on blueberry

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The Vancouver Sun reported in April that many beekeepers are refusing to put their bee colonies into blueberry fields in BC due to fears something in the fields is making the colonies sick. Read more

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Each year Orchard & Vine Magazine does a survey of our readers to find out how the year in fruit and berry farming went. Read more

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Eric Gerbrandt

Photo by Ronda Payne

A berry researcher recognizes the need to look to the integration of methods to sustain the future of a much loved berry. Read more

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Village Farms in Delta, BC announced a joint venture with Emerald Health Therapeutic to provide 1.1 million sq. ft. of greenhouse in exchange for $20 million cash and 50% stake in the joint venture. Read more

Innovations

Loren and Corinne Taves

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Loren Taves will tell you, you can’t possibly run a U-pick apple orchard without having a cider mill as well. Read more

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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 Read more

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Verticillium wilt

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Armed with a list of 13 crown and root diseases in strawberries, Siva Sabaratnam of the Ministry of Agriculture took the stage at the 2016 Pacific Agriculture Show in Abbotsford to discuss options for management of some of the most likely suspects. Read more

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Fraser Valley Cider sign

Photo by Murza Keech

Delicious, sweet apples grow beautifully in the Okanagan, but a few hours’ drive to the west in the Lower Mainland? Read more

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Debbie Etsell

Ronda Payne

High-quality B.C. blueberries will be making their way to China after almost a decade’s journey to see agreements signed. Read more

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Everyone knows the delicious flavour of firm, fresh blueberries, but keeping the market growing includes looking for additional ways to use the berry. Read more

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Greenhouse Tour

Ronda Payne

There’s nothing like a beautiful sunny day on a bicycle to make a farm tour even better. In Maple Ridge a group called HUB: The Cycling Connection organized an early September farm tour. It included a sixth generation dairy farm (Brookfield Farm), a Read more

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Growing blueberries, like most fruit, truly is part art and a lot of science. It takes people who have a keen interest in why certain plants do what they do to ensure B.C. growers stay competitive and continue to produce arguably the best berries. Read more

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Anyone who has ever tried it can attest, starting a vineyard and winery is a massive undertaking. Approaching that project in smaller chunks would be more manageable, but is that even possible? A family in Abbotsford found a way. Read more

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Tom Baumann

Ronda Payne

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. Read more

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