Implementing Integrated Pest Management Practices on Small-Scale Farms [fi26]
|Region||Lower Mainland, Squamish-Lillooet|
|Status||in progress: Apr 2019 to Mar 2022|
|Project Lead||E.S. Cropconsult|
|Funding Partners||Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, BC Ministry of Agriculture, BC Blueberry Growers Association , BC Strawberry Growers Association , E.S. Cropconsult , Lower Mainland Horticulture Improvement Association , Raspberry Industry Development Council|
|Other Partners||BC Blueberry Council|
This three-year project will test and evaluate multiple integrated pest management (IPM) practices with small-scale farm operators to develop a series of informational resources about best management practices.
Pest management is becoming more challenging as changing weather patterns are both reducing the effectiveness of current practices and creating conditions for new pests to be introduced to BC.
Small-scale farms may lack access to resources — such as paid technical expertise and/or industry association resources and networks — to help them manage increasing and changing pest populations. Improving informational supports specifically for small-scale farms will boost their pest management capacity while reducing pest pressure at a regional level.
The project will survey the pest issues and needs of a select group of small-scale farms in the Lower Mainland and Squamish-Lillooet regions. It will also monitor the effectiveness and feasibility of the various IPM practices.
Based on the experiences and information gained through the participating farms, the project will develop a series of IPM resources, including fact sheets and workshops