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Pasture-Raised Meat: Carbon Credits for Carnivores

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Meat gets a bad rap and is often vilified and called out for being a leading cause of climate change. Industrial agriculture is indeed responsible for a myriad of climate disasters from greenhouse gas emissions to water pollution to desertification and erosion, but going vegan is not the answer. Well managed pastures can sequester more carbon than a forest. Lately, there has been a lot of research on the regenerative properties of sustainable agriculture and the results are clear - Regenerative farming practices can not only feed the world, they can actually repair the damage we have done to our ecosystem.  According to...

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Rory Holland Awarded Devorah Kahn Award for Leadership in Food Security in our Region

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Each year for the past 11 years, the Vancouver Farmers Markets Board of Directors has recognized a local citizen, business or organization that has gone above and beyond to enhance our regional food system. VFM's 'Devorah Kahn Award for Leadership in Food Security in our Region’ is given annually in honour of one of VFM’s founders and first Executive Director, Devorah Kahn, and is presented publicly at VFM’s Annual General Meeting. Past recipients of this award have included farmers Susan Davidson, Mary Forstbauer and Fred Reid, the Stewardship team of UBC Farm, Herb Barbolet, Vancity’s Community Investment team, HB Lanarc...

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How the Boar Stole Christmas

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Following is an account of Julia's accident and the events leading up to it and immediately afterwards. Julia wrote it while still on pain killers when she was supposed to be resting so please bear with her if it isn't up to her usual standards.... You can also see a shorter, prettier version of the story on CBC. Things started going sideways here at the ranch pretty quickly after this blog post. I checked Rosemary (the sow who was due to farrow) every hour through Friday night but she showed no signs of labour. I stayed up all night Saturday night watching...

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The Big Freeze at Blue Sky Ranchsicle

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It's colder than a tin toilet seat on the shady side of an ice berg up here at Blue Sky Ranch! We did a lot of research before choosing where to buy land and Merritt seemed to fit the bill nicely. It was still pretty close to Vancouver but had summers that weren't as hot as it gets further into the interior and winters that had daytime temperatures around freezing and dipped down to around -10 at night. That didn't seem so bad! And -10 in a dry cold feels a lot warmer than a cold, rainy day on the coast. 



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When is "Antibiotic Free" not "Antibiotic Free?"

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There's a scary story in the news this week. The headline reads:

"A Terrifying Superbug Just Showed Up on a US Farm for the First Time: The bacteria found in a hog operation is resistant even to some of our most powerful antibiotics." (Read the full story).

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