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Executive’s Report I

By Susan Snow

am writing this as the first real cold weath-

er hits the Fraser Val- ley, giving me a small amount of time to re- flect on the challenges and triumphs of farm- ing in the Fraser Delta. All in all, it has been a good year, but we have still faced the many grow- ing pains of a young farming operation. Now the seed catalogues are coming out, to begin the plan- ning process for another season of hope for great weather and strong yields.

As I look back on the past year, I can’t help think- ing about the void that has been left in my heart and in the organic industry by the loss of Brad Reid. When we gather on Vancouver Island this February for the COABC Conference we will present the inaugural Brad Reid Memorial Award to someone who embodies the values that were im- portant to its namesake as a builder and caretaker of the Association.

We owe a huge “Thank You!” to our staff and Board Members who worked tirelessly to se- cure stable funding for the Sector Wide Strategic Plan. Going into year two there is renewed opti- mism that we can successfully execute the work we have long wanted to achieve. The search has commenced for an Executive Director to lead the organization through the next phase of growth for the organic sector.

This year we have seen our long time Accredita- tion Board Chair Anne Macey move on to new opportunities. We welcome former committee member Molly Thurston into her new accredita- tion chair duties.

Whether you grow, create or market within the or- ganic sector, good luck in 2014!

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Young Agrarians: UMap

Just launched: UMap, a new online farmer re- source map from Young Agrarians.

The first of its kind in Canada, UMap aims to become a centralized information hub for new and existing farmers. Help build it by adding your farm, seed suppliers, favourite publica- tions and more. The map features event and farm listings from the growing Young Agrari- ans community – as well as markets, organiza- tions, blogs, government resources, and more. BC Organic Grower, Volume 17, Number 1, Winter 2014 Page 3

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