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Chicken Sexing in BC

Chicken sexing is an important part of egg production in BC and most commercial hatcheries employ chicken sexers who separate pullets from cockerels within a day or so of hatching.  This is necessary because different feed is needed for female chicks who will lay eggs one day versus male chicks who may or may not […]

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Hospital Food

Hospital Food of the Past While there is a claim that hospital food is being revolutionized[i] by sourcing and preparing more local, nutritious food, a friend who recently spent some time in a BC hospital described the food as “downright awful.” We are reminded especially in the Okanagan that the soil is productive and at […]

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How Honeybees Came to BC

It’s almost Valentine’s Day when sugar and sweetness abound, whether you celebrate the occasion or not.  This blog is going to focus on honeybees, whose hard work producing honey is critically important to agriculture and food production in British Columbia. Right now there is a lot of interest in bees because they pollinate plants that […]

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Groundhog Day

February 2 is more than Groundhog Day. It is a cross-quarter day that was important for the ancient Celts who marked the days that were halfway between solstice and an equinox [i]. Halfway between December 21 and March 21 is February 2, which is called Candlemas in addition to Groundhog Day. Halfway between March 21 […]

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Wild Mushrooms

Wild mushrooms that grow in British Columbia have wonderful names; Hideous Gomphidius, Blewit, Fat Jack, Shaggy Parasol, Lion’s Mane, Tippler’s Bane, birch polypore.  They were some of the surprise findings on a recent wild mushroom tour I took with Charles Reuchel of Elements Adventures , based in Vernon, BC. Mushrooms are fascinating on many levels. The […]

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Support your local museum – soil and sea at White Rock BC

Almost every local museum has some food-related material in their collection: from tractors and farm implements, to kitchen utensils and equipment, to plant and animal specimens, to traditional table textiles, to cookbooks and historic photographs, to fish nets or tools used by indigenous cultures, to household items from archaeological contexts. British Columbia is rich in […]

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