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2 huge fermenting tanks stolen from new B.C. brewery found before being turned into scrap

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-23 Fri 15:15
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Two stolen fermentation tanks — worth more than $40,000 — have turned up in local scrap yards. The massive tanks turned up at separate yards, and one is more damaged than the other.

B.C. blueberry farmers brace for impact as U.S. sets sights on berry and produce tariffs

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-05 Mon 13:51
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After waging war on Canadian dairy, steel and aluminum, Donald Trump's White House is setting its sights on foreign berry farmers and vegetable growers.

How the pandemic helped B.C. tree planters have one of their 'healthiest years ever'

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-04 Sun 14:33
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It might sound counterintuitive, but COVID-19 led B.C.'s tree planters to have one of their "healthiest years ever," according to an industry representative.

Police seek tips after fish hooks, trip wires and nails left in Vancouver community garden

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-30 Wed 09:28
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Vancouver police say they've run out of leads in their investigation into who set traps in a community garden in Mount Pleasant last week. The traps included trip wires, a board with nails sticking up and fish hooks hung at eye level.

Food Recall Warning (Salmonella) – Shirakiku brand Black Fungus (Kikurage)

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-24 Thu 15:02
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 Distribution – Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Possibly National. Recalling firm – Wismettac Asian Foods, Inc.

 

Northern Health patients, residents enjoying more B.C. foods

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-21 Mon 10:10
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Patients at hospitals and residential care facilities in Northern Health will enjoy more B.C. food options on their meal trays, resulting in an increased local food experience and greater opportunities for B.C. farmers, fishers, ranchers and food processors.

B.C. migrant, undocumented workers rally for permanent residency program

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-19 Sat 22:12
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Migrant workers and advocates called for a "just recovery'' from the COVID-19 pandemic during a digital rally on Saturday based out of Vancouver.

Gardening tips to keep green thumbs going into fall

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-07 Mon 14:05
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Beginners and experienced gardeners alike can keep plants alive as the seasons change with these tips from Phoenix Perennials owner Gary Lewis.

Whole Foods brand Pot Pies recalled due to undeclared milk

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-02 Wed 17:47
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Recall applies to chicken pot pies, turkey pot pies and vegetarian pot pies with all best before dates up to and including Aug. 26, 2020, where milk is not declared on the label.

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

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

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

It's not too late to grow vegetables for your victory garden

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-16 Sun 11:27
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If you missed the vegetable gardening craze prompted by COVID-19 earlier this spring, experts say there are plenty of plants you can still get in the ground.

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

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-11 Tue 17:21
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Fruit growers are appealing to British Columbians in need of work to help with the remaining harvest this year.

69 salmonella cases in the province linked to red onions, BCCDC says

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-09 Sun 11:56
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The B.C. Centre for Disease Control is warning people in the province to check where their red onions came from amid a salmonella outbreak.

More farmers get access to affordable, available farmland

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-29 Wed 13:10
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More than 70 farmers from throughout British Columbia have found new opportunities in farming communities through the B.C. Land Matching Program (BCLMP).

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

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

Bumper strawberry crop in Prince George has farmer pursuing extra pickers

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-26 Sun 10:10
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A Prince George farm has grown so many strawberries they needed extra pickers to get them all.

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

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

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

B.C. tree planters on track to plant 300 million trees, despite pandemic

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-13 Mon 13:31
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Tree planters in B.C. are on track to plant more than 300 million trees this year, despite working around new COVID-19 regulations and dealing with a soggy spring. 

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

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

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

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

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

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