Judie Steeves

Growth not part of a sustainable future

If we continue to populate the world at the current rate, we will use up all our natural capital, warns UBC professor.

Changes needed to make farming economically viable again

Industrial agriculture must be replaced by regional agriculture systems for farming to become sustainable, advises professor.

Steeves/Trail Mix: Government’s bent on destroying the wild, not protecting it

If we want to protect any wilderness areas we have to do it ourselves, and non-profit groups are doing just that.

Labour shortage hampers icewine harvest

If you want to pick frozen grapes for the premium icewine, your chance is tonight.

Co-op reduces staff

There are 60 fewer people working for the B.C. Tree Fruits Co-operative with closure of the apple packing line in Kelowna.

Sparks will fly at sustainability conference

With delegates from a cross-section of the community, next week's Building Sustainable Communities conference will be lively.

Quails’ Gate owners add property in Napa Valley

Expansion into the U.S. by Canadian companies is less common than the other way around, but that's what a local winery is doing.

from Jude’s kitchen: one-dish meals

There's simply less mess and fuss if you can make dinner in one pot, so I'm all for such meals.

Water management paints Okanagan green from brown

Irrigation changed the landscape in the dry Okanagan Valley in the early days of the last century and continues to, today.

Steeves/Trail Mix: Snow is moving, so you’d better too

You can see the snow on the hills now, so get ready for snow sports (like fishing?), and for meetings planning for next summer.

Trial year sending cherries to China encouraging

Growers are feeling encouraged by the reception of their cherries in China, after the first season of that market opening.

Workshop on wetlands open to public

Help identify wetlands in the valley as part of the Okanagan Wetlands Strategy.

from Jude’s Kitchen: squash is king

A favourite seasonal fall vegetable is the squash and it's such a versatile one that you won't easily get tired of it.

Learn about plants that can invade the Okanagan

Many invasive plants almost impossible to eradicate once they get established.

Water board holds the line on taxes

The Okanagan Basin Water Board voted to hold the line on its budget for the coming year, with no increase at all.

from Jude’s Kitchen: light meals

For a change in the tendency toward heavier cold-weather meals, consider a seasonal, substantial salad with crusty fresh bread.

Water board has suggestions about new water act

Directors of the Okanagan Basin Water Board have a number of suggestions for the province on its proposal for a new water act.

Fruit growers split on reorganization

At a special meeting of the B.C. Fruit Growers' Association, members held a heated debate on reorganizing, but only made minor changes.

COs investigating poaching incidents

Poaching, drinking, carrying loaded firearms in vehicles and vandalism are all being investigated by Okanagan Conservation Officers.

Steeves/Trail Mix: Do your bit to help protect valuable wetlands

They're at risk throughout the Okanagan Valley, but a project now underway encourages you to help protect wetlands.