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Hot Crops in a Cold Climate: Tomato Security in Northern BC

Posted by Jolene Swain on January 28, 2021

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Hope Farm Organics grows vegetables near Willow River, BC, one hour outside of Prince George. The farm operates under a co-operative model, sharing resources, knowledge, skills and tools, to grow a diverse number of crops, foraged wild products and value-added products for the local markets. Tomato Production in Zone 3 Farming in the North is not for the faint at heart. Late frosts, early frosts, arctic fronts bringing in -30 °C hard freezes – how do they do it?! Many crops (think brassicas, root crops, potatoes, etc) readily adapt to the short, intense northern summer, where long summer days more … Continue reading Hot Crops in a Cold Climate: Tomato Security in Northern BC

Northern Prairie Growers Wanted for Butternut Squash Landrace Breeding Project

Posted by Michalina Hunter on March 04, 2019 7 Comments

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Northern Prairie C. Moschata Landrace Project The Northern Landrace Project is seeking volunteer growers for 2019 to landrace/swarm breed some large, early, cold night tolerant, resilient Curcubita moschata (butternut squash) with the end goal of a loveable butternut flavor. Learn more on Winston’s website.  Volunteer to grow via the contact form.  The Rationale A good crop of butternut squash is a difficult thing to achieve in many northern Canadian gardens even with shorter season varieties. On top of that, shorter season varieties achieve this by breeding for smaller fruit but other species of squash can be grown in our climate without sacrificing size. There is … Continue reading Northern Prairie Growers Wanted for Butternut Squash Landrace Breeding Project