Thursday, November 22, 2012

Agroforestry Session at the 2013 Hort Growers Short Course

The BC Agroforestry Industry Development Initiative is pleased to sponsor the Alternate Crops/Agroforestry Session at the 2013 Horticulture Growers' Short Course. 

The 2013 Short Course is being delivered by the Lower Mainland Horticulture Improvement Association in association with the Pacific Agriculture Show at the Tradex in Abbotsford, BC from January 24 to 26, 2013.

The Alternate Crops/Agroforestry Session will take place on Thursday January 24 from 1 pm to 4:30 pm in the Lobby Room at the Tradex, and will be chaired by Dave Trotter from the BC Ministry of Agriculture.

For more information on the Horticulture Growers's Short Course or to register, please visit:


1:00 - 1:15 
Dave Trotter, BC Ministry of Agriculture

1:15 - 1:45 
Agroforestry Initiative - Current Projects and Funding Opportunities.
George Powell, Agroforestry Industry Development Initiative
The Agroforestry Initiative has cost-share funding for projects which benefit industry development including demonstrations, workshops etc; Outlines of current and pending projects will be provided.

1:45 - 2:15 
Mushroom Cultivation within an Agroforestry Framework
Scott Henderson, The Mushroom Man, Vancouver, BC
Scott will provide an overview of the different mushroom species, kits and considerations from his many years of experience and how they may be used within an agroforestry systems approach.

2:15 - 2:30
Scott Henderson will have various mushroom kits and supplies available for viewing.

2:30 - 3:00 
Food Forest Agroforestry Model in Eastern BC
Michelle Heinz, Clear Sky Meditation and Study Foundation, Fort Steele, BC
Learn about an innovative approach to a food forest model that demonstrates agroforestry practices that are ecologically sound as well as productive in South Eastern BC.

15:00 - 15:30 
Current Research on New Hazelnut Varieties
Thom O’Dell and Haley Argen, Nature Tech Nursery Ltd., Langley, BC
Haley and Thom will look at the new disease resistant variety of hazelnut species along with the biological and management considerations needed to develop an agroforestry system approach to hazelnuts.

3:30 - 4:00 
Exploring the Possibilities of Devil’s Club under Forest Farming & Integrated Riparian Agroforestry Management
Fidel Forgarty, Pacific Reishi Ltd, Robert’s Creek, BC
Fidel will discuss the biology, uses and management considerations for the development of an integrated riparian management or forest farming systems approach with Devil’s Club.

4:00 - 4:30 
Alley Cropping of High Valued Hardwoods and Forage - Pilot Initiative for a Production Approach
Lavona Liggins, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, Kamloops, BC
Learn about an alley cropping agroforestry systems approach to the co-production of high-valued hardwoods and forage coupled with efficient irrigation management.