Hort Snacks - November 2018

  Hort Snacks - November 2018
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 Welcome to another edition of Hort Snacks. “Proper” fall weather seems to have made an appearance across most of the province towards the end of October, with the hope that it will last another week or two, to allow everyone to get the harvest in. Based on reports from across the province, a significant portion of crops have been harvested. Most horticulture crops seem to be in already, but there might be a bit of stuff here and there. The improved weather has been a boon for those that have harvest or Halloween-themed activities on their farms (e.g. harvest festivals, corn mazes, pumpkin fests, etc.), as the poor weather of September was problematic.

In this edition, you’ll find an assortment of material to spark your interest or to get you thinking as you head into winter. There are a number of open Canadian Agriculture Partnership (CAP) grants, with more opening in the near future. You’ll also find information on the recently announced Farm Health and Safety Grant Program (not a CAP program), which is meant to help offset costs of implementing some of the new OH&S rules on farms. Other than that, you can find food for thought on association membership, as well as finding benefits in volunteering. Plus, as always, there are a couple of pests to learn about.

As we head towards Christmas (Valentines decorations will be available at Costco shortly ;P), feel free to send in a report of the past season, as it is always nice to have a clear picture of the past season, from many perspectives. And you are always welcome to send in questions, ideas or thoughts. Just call or email.

Rob Spencer, Commercial Horticulture Specialist

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This information published to the web on October 30, 2018.