Agriculture

Cranberries are harvested from a bog using a specialized machine. There are 6,500 acres of cranberries in B.C., including these bogs off of McCallum Road. (Adam Louis/Observer)

VIDEO: A bog-ful of berries: Cranberry harvest season is in full swing in Agassiz-Harrison

Cranberries are harvested between September and November

 

Some of the floral watercolour paintings created by Debbie Mar’s Grade 3 students at Upper Sumas Elementary. (Submitted photo)

Abbotsford Grade 3 class connects with seniors through flowers

First project of Upper Sumas Elementary students is watercolour paintings

 

Maan Farms in Abbotsford has lost half of its pumpkin crop due to rot. The unmarketable pumpkins are being offered to animal farmers and sanctuaries. (Dylaina Gollub Photography)

Abbotsford farm loses half its pumpkin crop due to rot

Maan Farms now offering unusable pumpkins to animal farmers

 

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Blueberry season wrapping up early in Abbotsford

Hot summer weather was too much for local crops

(Abbotsford News/ File)
Traffic jam at the Abbotsford Agrifair. (Abbotsford News/ John Morrow)

Abbotsford Agrifair a success as first local in-person fair under new health guidelines

‘I looked out at the crowd and it looked like a normal crowd, says fair manager

Traffic jam at the Abbotsford Agrifair. (Abbotsford News/ John Morrow)
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VIDEO: Abbotsford Agrifair returns as in-person event

Event runs July 30 to Aug. 1 with theme Driving to Entertain You

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On Aug. 3, Pender Island residents Chris Hall and Stef Lowey will have officially completed a year of only eating what they can grow, harvest, catch or raise themselves. (Courtesy of Chris Hall and Stef Lowey)

From salt to stevia: B.C. couple nears full year without buying food

Pender Island’s Chris Hall and Stef Lowey have produced everything they’ve eaten since Aug. 3, 2020

On Aug. 3, Pender Island residents Chris Hall and Stef Lowey will have officially completed a year of only eating what they can grow, harvest, catch or raise themselves. (Courtesy of Chris Hall and Stef Lowey)
Cherries at Pravin Dhaliwal’s family farm in Oliver, B.C., are seen cooked on their trees, when the temperature hit a record 41.5 C in a June 2021 handout photo. Dhaliwal is trying to maintain his passion as a third-generation farmer while dealing with the reality of climate change and says farmers need more support from provincial and federal governments. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Pravin Dhaliwal

Farmers say heat wave, drought show vulnerable agricultural sector needs support

Farmers across Canada look to provincial and the federal governments for help

Cherries at Pravin Dhaliwal’s family farm in Oliver, B.C., are seen cooked on their trees, when the temperature hit a record 41.5 C in a June 2021 handout photo. Dhaliwal is trying to maintain his passion as a third-generation farmer while dealing with the reality of climate change and says farmers need more support from provincial and federal governments. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Pravin Dhaliwal
A mink at a farm on July 9, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Geoff Robins

UPDATE: Moratorium on new B.C. mink farms in place after two more mink test positive for COVID-19

Anti-fur organizations say the move does not go far enough with a call for ban on all fur farming

A mink at a farm on July 9, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Geoff Robins
A sign hangs at an entrance to the Stanko Ranch, Tuesday, July 13, 2021, near Steamboat Springs, Colo. Members of the third, fourth and fifth generations of the Stanko family currently work on the ranch, which includes about 90 head of cattle, but Jim Stanko says due to drought conditions this year, if he can’t harvest enough hay to feed his cattle, he may need to sell off some of his herd. (AP Photo/Brittany Peterson)

As drought cuts hay crop, U.S. cattle ranchers face culling herds

Choices increasingly centered around how herds can sustain drought conditions

A sign hangs at an entrance to the Stanko Ranch, Tuesday, July 13, 2021, near Steamboat Springs, Colo. Members of the third, fourth and fifth generations of the Stanko family currently work on the ranch, which includes about 90 head of cattle, but Jim Stanko says due to drought conditions this year, if he can’t harvest enough hay to feed his cattle, he may need to sell off some of his herd. (AP Photo/Brittany Peterson)
B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham. (Screen shot)

Government to allow ‘more residential flexibility’ in agricultural lands, says B.C. minister

B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham was guest speaker Friday during Surrey Board of Trade-hosted Zoom meeting

B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham. (Screen shot)
Returning to Agrifair this year are the usual 4-H displays and barnyard animals. Last year's fair was held as a drive-thru, but it returns as an in-person event for 2021. (Abbotsford News file photo)

Abbotsford Agrifair to return as in-person event for 2021

Event free from July 30 to Aug. 1, with limited tickets available

Returning to Agrifair this year are the usual 4-H displays and barnyard animals. Last year's fair was held as a drive-thru, but it returns as an in-person event for 2021. (Abbotsford News file photo)
Agriculture depends on irrigation in many parts of B.C., and licences are required for using groundwater sources such as wells for agricultural or industrial use. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. farms, industry risk losing water rights as licence deadline nears

Non-domestic groundwater claims must be filed by March 2022

Agriculture depends on irrigation in many parts of B.C., and licences are required for using groundwater sources such as wells for agricultural or industrial use. (B.C. government photo)
Triple AAA Farms is the recipient of a $20,000 Agricultural Enhancement Grant from the Abbotford Community Foundation. (Submitted photo)

Abbotsford Community Foundation awards $160K in agriculture grants

Seven local farming initiatives recognized for agriculture innovation

Triple AAA Farms is the recipient of a $20,000 Agricultural Enhancement Grant from the Abbotford Community Foundation. (Submitted photo)
Mark Siemens of Siemens Farm, one of three locations featured in a virtual agriculture tour hosted by the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce during the week of June 7 to 11.

Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce hosts virtual farm tour

Three locations featured as part of series during week of June 7-11

Mark Siemens of Siemens Farm, one of three locations featured in a virtual agriculture tour hosted by the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce during the week of June 7 to 11.
Blueberry harvest in the Fraser Valley relies mainly on older Indo-Canadian workers provided through labour brokers. (Maple Ridge News)

B.C. ‘moving very cautiously’ on minimum wage for farm workers

Most workers support piece-rate pay for picking, survey says

Blueberry harvest in the Fraser Valley relies mainly on older Indo-Canadian workers provided through labour brokers. (Maple Ridge News)
B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham takes questions in the B.C. legislature in 2017. (Hansard TV)

UPDATE: B.C. will fund another year of fresh fruit, vegetables, milk in schools

John Horgan government working on school meal program

B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham takes questions in the B.C. legislature in 2017. (Hansard TV)
B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham promotes the government’s BuyBC food program in 2019. (B.C. government)

Money running out for fresh fruit, vegetables, milk in B.C. schools

‘Looking at ways to support this type of program,’ minister says

B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham promotes the government’s BuyBC food program in 2019. (B.C. government)
Students in Grades 11 and 12 at MEI in Abbotsford have been caring for the flowers that are being sold at an online plant sale and an in-person event on May 8.

MEI in Abbotsford holds online and in-person plant sale

Sale includes floral hanging baskets, bedding plants and planters

Students in Grades 11 and 12 at MEI in Abbotsford have been caring for the flowers that are being sold at an online plant sale and an in-person event on May 8.
The Abbotsford Farm and Country Market opens for the season on Saturday, May 1 at Jubilee Park. (Submitted photo)

Abbotsford Farm and Country Market set to open

Market starts season on Saturday, May 1 at Jubilee Park

The Abbotsford Farm and Country Market opens for the season on Saturday, May 1 at Jubilee Park. (Submitted photo)