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|
Over three years, the project team will implement multiple integrated pest management (IPM) practices in partnership with small-scale farms. 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.
Improving supports for small-scale farms can reduce pest pressure at a regional level and small-scale farms can be more affected by increasing pest populations because they often cannot access the support systems that larger producers use, such as private consultants, government industry specialists and industry associations.
Through farm visits, the team will survey the pest issues and needs of small-scale farms and monitor the effectiveness and feasibility of the various IPM practices. Based on the experiences and information gained from the farm visits, the project will then develop IPM resources, including fact sheets, training materials and workshops, for small-scale farms throughout the Lower Mainland and Squamish-Lillooet regions.