Maurita Prato and her team, with help from other community members, organizations and funders, were able to start a "Good Food Box" program, which delivered free and healthy boxes to people’s homes at the beginning of the pandemic.
Julia Smith has a problem. Despite litters of fast-growing piglets and surging demand for her pork, she can’t find an abattoir that can slaughter them before December. Demand for local meat has surged during the pandemic, leaving the province’s abattoirs booked months in advance and many small-scale producers struggling.
Mickey Aylard used to wake up at 3 every morning and milk a hundred cows. Now, a robot does the job. Three years ago, the fourth-generation Saanich, B.C., dairy farmer installed an automatic milking system. It was a relief, she said, boosting her mental health and making life on the farm more sustainable.
Last week, the provincial Ministry of Agriculture announced that starting next year, anyone rearing farm animals — everything from bees to llamas to cattle — in the province will need to register their property under the government’s Premises ID program.