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New processing facility on Vancouver Island could help expand local food production

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-25 Tue 14:43

An old fish processing plant in Port Alberni, B.C., has been given new life as a place where food companies can make their products with the goal of increasing business and provide more food sector jobs in the community.

British Columbia companies advance agri innovation

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-17 Mon 07:52

Companies from the Canadian province of British Columbia continue to further agricultural innovation, using technology to develop new products and processes that will support food production and food security in the province. The governments of Canada and British Columbia are supporting 14 new projects…

B.C. fruit growers appeal to local residents to help with harvest as COVID-19 keeps foreign workers away

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-11 Tue 17:21

Fruit growers are appealing to British Columbians in need of work to help with the remaining harvest this year.

New policies in B.C. Interior town hurting food truck operators

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-26 Sun 10:13

Policies barring food trucks from operating on city-owned land in downtown Nelson, B.C., and at the local farmers market introduced this year are of great concern for the owner of a food truck in the southern Interior city.

Migrant justice advocacy group denounces B.C. nursery's firing of temporary foreign workers

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-22 Wed 19:26

An advocacy group supporting temporary foreign workers in B.C.'s Okanagan is raising concerns after two Mexican workers were fired from a West Kelowna nursery for violating the company's policies. 

Migrant workers claim cramped quarters a problem at COVID-19 stricken Okanagan farm

Submitted by Andrew Simard on 2020-Jul-17 Fri 20:12

Four people at Krazy Cherry Fruit Co. in Oliver B.C., have tested positive for the virus and the operation is now under restrictions imposed by Interior Health.

British Columbia cherry packers invest in new grading lines and cold storage

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-09 Thu 10:57

Back in 2002, Global Fruit was established to support BC cherry growers in marketing their cherries to markets around the world. Since then, the company as well as the growers and packers it represents, have grown exponentially. “This year, Global Fruit is proud to be working with six packing houses and…

British Columbia fruit growers concerned over likely reduced production

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-08 Wed 11:40

Thirty one percent of British Columbia fruit growers say their crop production might be reduced between 25-75 percent as a result of COVID-19. This is just one of the findings that came out from a recent online and telephone survey done with members of the B.C. Fruit Growers’ Association (BCFGA). Of the…

Not so sweet season for B.C. farmers, cherry pickers due to weather and COVID-19

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-01 Wed 10:41

The cherries on Sukhdeep Brar's 100-acre orchard in Summerland, B.C., are just a few weeks out from ripening. But if he doesn't manage to find the workers to pick them, they will spoil.

Support for Indigenous entrepreneurs helps bring agriculture to more communities

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jun-30 Tue 15:32

More opportunities are coming for B.C.’s Indigenous entrepreneurs interested in developing food and agriculture businesses and supporting local food security in their communities.

Students turn apples bound for landfill into healthy snacks for families in need

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jun-27 Sat 10:43

A group of college students in B.C.'s Okanagan region have developed a social enterprise project that creates nutritious snacks for families in need by using food bound for landfills.