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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/

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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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 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. 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 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 more

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Flexcube

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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 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 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 more

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Sofi Hindmarch

Photo by Ronda Payne

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

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Baldwin Apple

Photo by Katie Selbee Twin Island Cider

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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? 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 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. more

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For Bill Broddy, it all started while riding his bike shortly after moving to the Okanagan Valley in 2015. Broddy was out for a bike ride on the back roads of his new hometown, musing about his hobby of creating sourdough bread, more

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

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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

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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. more

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

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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

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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

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

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