Ronda Payne

Ronda Payne

In addition to being a regular contributor to Orchard & Vine Magazine, Ronda Payne occasionally speaks about marketing to farmers and other groups. Before becoming a freelance writer, Ronda spent more than 15 years as a marketing expert in various industries. Contact her at or visit

Inside this issue O&V features our year end tree fruit, berry, grape and wine report. Our annual survey of the fruit and wine industry in BC. The annual interview with the Agriculture Minister Lana Popham and more. more

Nov 24, 2017 1:58 PM Magazine

The year weather and disaster took too much of a leading role in the province’s fruit production more

Nov 24, 2017 3:04 PM Articles

Scenic Road Cider Sign

Photo by Gary Symons

A diverse mix of apples and occupations – it all comes together beautifully in award-winning cider and growing innovation. more

Oct 2, 2017 2:02 PM Articles

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. more

Oct 2, 2017 12:37 PM Articles

Fruits and vegetables in the classroom ensure kids have a greater understanding of agriculture and receive better nutrition. more

Oct 2, 2017 9:34 AM Articles

Orchard in Osoyoos

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Hitting the desired locations with sprayed product in a dense canopy may feel like part math equation and part crap shoot. Too much spray means waste. Too little means not enough product hits the targets for the desired effect. more

Jul 1, 2017 12:00 AM Articles

Freeze-dried blueberries and a range of other products put RJT Blueberry Park in the spotlight locally and around the world. more

Jul 1, 2017 12:00 AM Articles

Black Wlanut

Photo by Brenda Durealt

In agriculture, trees themselves aren’t often seen as the crop; it’s the fruits and nuts where the outcome is focused. more

Jul 1, 2017 12:00 AM Articles

Sometimes the world changes, and you have to change with it. This is especially true in agriculture where changes in the markets force changes in what is grown on the farm. The Ripple Winery in Abbotsford, BC is an example of that type of change. more

May 30, 2017 12:00 AM Articles

Marketing is not always the forte of growers and farmers. Even some operators in the wine business, known for superior marketing activities, struggle with understanding and reaching their prime customers. more

May 30, 2017 12:00 AM Marketing

Siva Sabaratnam, plant pathologist with the BC Ministry of Agriculture is seeing too many problems in strawberry fields lately. He recognizes that many of the issues involve soil-borne pathogens and wanted to take a closer look. more

Mar 29, 2017 12:00 AM Articles

Loren and Corinne Taves

Photo by Ronda Payne

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

Feb 8, 2017 12:00 PM Articles

The quest for something other than Sovereign Coronation led researchers at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre to connect with others in the industry to explore more options in Canadian-grown table grapes. more

Feb 8, 2017 11:11 AM Innovations

Bee on bellflower

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To turn flowers into food, most fruit requires the efforts of insect pollinators and European honey bees are the work horse of agriculture. But is the labour of the European honey bee enough? Can their work be supplemented and assisted? more

Feb 8, 2017 11:10 AM Articles

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 more

Nov 24, 2016 3:30 PM Articles

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 Articles

Raptors Ridge Birds of Prey

Photo by Ronda Payne

The screech of a barn owl, a hawk screaming, and the Kestrel’s call: all are, or should be, welcome sounds to growers. It’s an ancient relationship of predator and prey. While some raptors are great at rodent control, others are ideally designed for more

Oct 6, 2016 12:00 AM Articles

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 Innovations

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 Articles

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 Innovations

Spraying pesticides is a regular part of business for most growers, but ensuring the greatest efficacy and value comes with the challenge of balancing application methods with coverage. Dale Ziprick of United Agri Products Canada presented findings more

Jul 7, 2016 3:08 PM Innovations