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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 ronda@eybenconnected.com or visit http://girlwithapen.ca/

Inside the Pre Spring issue Orchard & Vine is celebrating 60 years in publishing. Throughout 2019 we are featuring industry pioneers, in this issue Michael Botner tells the story of Nk’Mip cellars in Osoyoos which is celebrating 50 years in the wine Read more

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Is spring here already or are we just preparing for it in our heads? While it’s good to have some quiet hibernation time or get away to a warm climate for a holiday, spring feels like it is right around the corner, at press time anyway. Are you ready Read more

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Inside the Year End 2018 issue of Orchard & Vine Magazine we have our annual interview with the BC Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham. The 2018 Fruit and Wine Readers' survey and our annual Year in Fruit and Year in Grapes. The issues also includes Read more

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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 Read more

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For Pre Spring O&V features our 2018 Tractor Issue. The latest on orchard & vineyard tractors, specs, the future of robotic tractors and our reader survey. Advice on getting into the cannabis market, new stone fruit varieties and more Read more

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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. Read more

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Melissa Giesbrecht

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Melissa Giesbrecht grew up riding horses at J-Bar Ranch, which her grandfather John Giesbrecht built with his wife Bea after buying the Yarrow (Chilliwack) property in the 60s. Read more

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Ontario, like BC, produces a greater volume of fresh strawberries than processed, so looking at how those berries are sold, as well as areas for challenges and wins, can represent great opportunities for western growers. 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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Japanese Beetle

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One might think Benjamin Franklin was a farmer facing down insects when he said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” While farming wasn’t part of Franklin’s list of occupational achievements, his quote certainly applies to today’s grow Read more

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Despite thick smoke from this year’s raging forest fires and pricing pressures, most BC fruit growers were able to adapt and bring in an “average” or even an “above average” year in most sectors. Read more

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Harvest

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Wine grape growers had to stay on top of their vine management in order to have a solid season according to the experience of Val Tait, general manager and winemaker with Bench 1775 on the Naramata Bench. She knows full well there are no two identica Read more

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Publicly announced way back in September, 2015, the Ministry of Agriculture’s new regulations around the term ‘organic’ took effect on Sept. 1, 2018. Producers and processors had three years to prepare and become federally or provincially certified t 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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Vineyard Drip Irrigation

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Several years ago, in 2012, stakeholders in the Okanagan region voiced their opinions about the priorities towards mitigating climate change at workshops hosted by the Climate Action Initiative (CAI). The priorities they chose make up the foundation Read more

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Did romance ever save anyone money? Probably not. And when it comes to the romance of winemaking, Luke Smith would resoundingly say, definitely not. Smith feels the industry can still have the taste of tradition while giving up some of the cost and w Read more

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Across the South Thompson River from the aptly named Lion’s Head Bench sits a winery with distinctive (or perhaps dubious) origins. It’s not so much the roots of Kamloops-based Monte Creek Ranch Winery that raise an eyebrow or two, but the link the l Read more

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A passion for premium spirits led Charles Tremewen to start Vancouver-based Long Table Distillery, a gin joint that meets the desires of those who love the spirit as much as he does. Together with co-founder, co-owner and wife Rita, Tremewen opened L Read more

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Sofi Hindmarch

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Reducing rodenticide is key for blueberry growers and vineyard managers who want to preserve their fields. Read more

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Polydrusus

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Berry plants are susceptible to the predations of weevils, but not all berries have the same issues with the busy creatures. These nocturnal pests can be controlled, according to entomologists Tracy Hueppelsheuser of BCAGRI Read more

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Water shortages, especially when it comes to agriculture, are a growing concern. Municipalities are cracking down on water usage and waste water issues. Growers need to manage their water better than ever before to ensure compliance with environmenta Read more

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Baldwin Apple

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Raspberry tunnels

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Berries and raspberries are grown in tunnels around the world, but are they right for B.C. growers? Read more

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Spider Mites

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Mites have a love for all kinds of berries and some of these pests are finding their way to new territories in terms of berry plants. Identification is the first step, then knowing how to best deal with the pests follows Read more

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Seven new varieties of peaches, nectarines and plums could be hitting the market soon, thanks to an expedited process for testing. Read more

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