Tag Archives: Farming

Election 2020: Richmond’s rich agricultural land

By Hannah Scott, Richmond Sentinel, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Richmond’s rich agricultural land is an asset the community holds dear. There are farms nestled in all corners of the city, but nowhere is more replete with agricultural land than the city’s east side, within the Richmond-Queensborough riding.

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Grocery shopping online could put farmers out of business

By Marc Fawcett-Atkinson, Canada’s National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Grocery shopping online is convenient. A convenience farmers fear could put them out of business. 

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What Does The Surplus Food Rescue Program Mean to Cortes & Quadra?

During a visit to the Nutri Group’s head office in Quebec, Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food announced a $50 million federal initiative “designed to address urgent, high volume, highly perishable surplus products falling under fruit, vegetables, meat and fish and seafood.” Prior to COVID, this food was sold to restaurants. Now, instead of letting it go to waste, the federal government will distribute it to food banks and local food organizations across Canada. So what does the Surplus Food Rescue Program mean for our area?

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Farmers Who Can’t Afford A Farm

Marc Fawcett-Atkinson, Canada’s National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Yuko Suda is a farmer. A farmer who can’t afford a farm. Instead, she rents her land, an increasingly common practice for new farmers across B.C. — one she worries won’t be sustainable. It’s an issue facing most young farmers in the province, and it threatens both their livelihoods and Canadians’ long-term access to food.   

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Quadra Island’s Community Garden PLots

Canada’s National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

At first glance, lugging around heavy water containers in a wheelbarrow or pulling weeds under the hot mid-day sun may not seem a rewarding pastime during the pandemic.

Surely weathering the COVID-19 crisis is tough enough? Why add to the burden?

But for Heather Kent, the returns from her Quadra Island, B.C., community garden plot are ample — and measured by more than just what she harvests for the table.

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