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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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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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 more

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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

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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

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