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the age of 87. Allan Claridge of Oyama farmed in the small Lake Country community for most of his life, and participated fully in his community as well as representing his industry at both the local, provincial and national level on a number of boards and organizations. His parents moved to Oyama from Britain in 1929, when he was just a boy, and his father


began working in the orchard industry

immediately. Claridge served as

president of the B.C. Fruit

Growers’ Association for seven years, sat on the Agricultural Land Commission for nine years and was president of the Canadian Horticultural Council in 1970. He and his wife Elsie, who passed away last year, purchased their orchard in Lake Country during the 1950s, and expanded it over the years, growing apples, cherries, peaches, plums and prunes. Claridge was particular about principles and procedure and long after he left the board of directors, he would often keep his fellow growers on track during the sometimes rowdy annual meetings of the BCFGA with a point of order or a bit of history. He is survived by his son Don and daughter Alana, who worked with him on the Oyama orchard, and daughter Candice of Kamloops... Bruce Currie, chairman of the New Variety Development Council, thought it would be a fairly straightforward matter to change its name to the Ambrosia Council now that it no longer represents any other variety, but he was quickly brought up short by lawyers for the agriculture ministry. They explained that it would be much simpler to just renew the sunset clause of the five- year term rather than go through the process of re-writing a new regulation. So, although the NVDC will now call itself the Ambrosia Council—in legislation, it remains the NVDC.

Newsletters, correspondence and

ne of the British Columbia orchard industry’s most articulate growers has died at

remittances will continue to be made to the NVDC. All matters relating to new varieties will be coordinated by the New Varieties Development Management Council, which is chaired by John Kingsmill, CEO of the Plant Improvement Corporation. Currie has a seat on that council. He reminds Ambrosia growers that legislation under the Farming and Fishing Act of B.C. requires that .025 cents a pound be paid at the first point of sale and remitted to the NVDC. That means that all direct sales, other than to a packinghouse, must be reported and the levy remitted to the council.

A remittance form is attached to each newsletter and is also available by e-mail at: ambrosiacouncil All retailers of

Ambrosia will be notified of the regulation. Currie said this year’s ambrosia crop is maturing well and the volume is expected to be as good as the 2010 crop...


The federal goverment, through the Developing Innovative Agri-Products initiative, is providing $261,000 to Innovative Food Systems Corporation. The investment allows Food Systems and Pacific Agri-food Research Centre scientists to explore new anti-microbial packaging technology that will preserve fresh fruits and vegetables from one week to more than a month and allow growers to capitalize on global demand for their products. Dan Albas, above left, MP Okanagan-Coquihalla, who made the announcement in Summerland this summer on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, discusses the new technoloy with Perry Lidster, president and CEO of Food Systems and Pascal Delaquis, right, PARC research scientist.

Ever wonder what the world looks like from a cherry’s point of view once it leaves the tree? No? Well, you’re missing something if you don’t check out a delightful video prepared for Dendy Orchards in Kelowna. Go to a0EK0eEESZU&feature=youtube_g

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