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For the Spring issue O&V features our 2018 Buyer's Guide. Find Suppliers for goods and services for the Orchard, Vineyard and Wine Making Industries. Get the latest on how both the BCFGA and the Wine Industry are dealing with Climate Change. As well more

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I woke up the other morning, peeped out of my tent and saw dew on my car windshield; it had been a cool evening on one of my last camping trips of the year. It was also another sign that it was close to the end of harvest. more

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Have you heard that fall is the new January, as in; we tend to get back on track and set up new routines after the summer season is over or once the kids go back to school. Or in the case of harvest, you could be in full work mode, so there is no tim more

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If you’ve ever seen a robotic vacuum scoot around the room cleaning your floor you know how enjoyable it is to see your floors cleaned without lifting a finger. If you don’t own one, there are plenty of funny cat videos online riding these robotic ho more

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Telling stories from the past and taking a trip down memory lane are opportunities to remember and share what happened in our childhood, last season, yesterday or even just ten minutes ago. Why is it that we like to tell stories or inject tidbits of more

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I’ve been thinking lately about how some people leave such a good impression on you. After talking to them, you walk away with a smile on your face, feel good about the time spent together or very satisfied with the service you received or the inform more

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This edition is one of my favourite editions of the year! Every summer at this time we publish the Innovation Edition, where we feature new products and gadgets, mystifying chemical compounds, and new growing techniques that we want you discover. more

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I can’t help but notice how this industry is growing and expanding and how sometimes a single turn of events can help make things better. more

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What are you up to this spring? Have you been travelling to tradeshows, setting up booths, attending workshops, fine tuning your business strategy, or waiting for the weather to warm up so you can tend to your plants or plant new crops? more

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Are there people in your life that you have your eye on? People that are important to you like your family, friends, neighbours, or fellow co-workers? more

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With the real estate boom at its height and rentals at a premium, I’m wondering how many of you have thought of selling your home this year or renting out a downstairs suite or cabin on your property to vacationers? more

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Concepts like biodiversity, conservation, interactive, plant science, niche markets, microclimate, and even a look into a food forest are some of the topics explored in this Annual Innovation Issue. Find them and you’ll feel inspired too! more

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Taking off in a helicopter can be an exhilarating experience; there is lots of excitement, power, torque and wind! It's a bit like a business where you launch, take off, and then rise steadily and travel with no road map to your destination. more

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Waking up in the morning you never know what will come of your day. You get up, do mostly the same thing everyday and then something out of the ordinary happens. more

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It’s another start to the season and there are so many tradeshows across the country to help with networking, inspiration and education. I wonder how much the consumer knows about what it really takes to bring products to market. more

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The other day, I learned a new term while visiting my son up north and chatting with his boss on the jobsite. As a mom, it was heartwarming to hear how well my son was doing on the job. more

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Innovation can take the form of improving or enhancing something that already exists; like providing soft mats for staff to stand on, better signage to direct customers to your site, unique new tastes and flavours, and interesting eye-catching labels more

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Most days we can tend go along day after day doing similar jobs and tasks without much thought or inspiration. Those days are necessary to complete the tasks assigned to us or that we have assigned to ourselves, perhaps by previous inspiration. more

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Welcome to our first issue of the year! By now, you’ve likely set in play those new years’ resolutions or fallen off on a few. Sometimes timing is everything or it’s just not a top priority - you can always choose to reset them again. more

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One of the things I love is coming up with new ideas! They seem to pop into my head out of nowhere. The other day, I saw an interesting idea to help remember things that happen throughout the year, things to be thankful for . . . more

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I remember summer being a time when I got a chance to run around barefoot until the streetlights came on and my feet were black, and swimming in my local pool and eating at least one Fudgsicle per day. more

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Does starting an agri-tourism business seem too complicated? Maybe it’s not your cup of tea to have the public on your property? more

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