The BC Fruit Growers Association will be holding a one-day workshop on soft fruits in Osoyoos for growers, packers and other industry members.
The Dec. 13 workshop will focus on soft fruits such as peaches, nectarines and plums. It is free to attend, although it requires registering through the BCFGA.
According to the BCFGA, peaches are the most widely grown soft fruit in Canada, and fresh peaches and nectarines were the seventh highest production in terms of area cultivated and farm gate value in 2019.
BC’s milder temperatures, good sun exposure, and relatively low levels of rainfall create well-suited growing conditions for soft fruit, say the BCFGA.
The BCFGA will present the results of its market assessment for soft fruits at the workshop, along with findings from consultations, with the intention of gathering feedback on an action plan for the future.
That plan would look at ways to improve local industry through sustainable growing practices, access for planting material and new varieties, labour issues and addressing future unprecedented weather conditions.
Anyone interested in attending the workshop is asked to contact the BCFGA at email@example.com or call