• Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 12:00

news release

The business of successful stewardship and sustainable agricultural practices highlighted in upcoming workshop

See attached poster for more detail.

November 13, 2019 – South Okanagan-Similkameen Conservation Program (SOSCP) in partnership with Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship Society (OSS) and Okanagan Crush Pad present “On-Farm Sustainable Practices and Knowledge-Sharing,” a workshop highlighting the business of successful stewardship and sustainable agricultural practices on

Wednesday November 20th from noon to 3 pm.  

Taking place at Crush Pad’s Garnet Valley vineyard, the workshop presents members of the Crush Pad team discussing organic production, how sustainable practices can work with a viable business plan, and the challenges of farming at the highest elevation in the Okanagan Valley, in close proximity to many natural ecosystems.

“Okanagan Crush Pad’s operation provides a great example of sustainable farm practices,” says SOSCP Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator Theresa Loewen. “They are a local example of a business that is thriving while coexisting with nature. It's fantastic to showcase industry leaders in sustainable agriculture, and Okanagan Crush Pad truly exemplifies this with their passion for environmental stewardship.” 

The workshop includes a tour of the vineyard’s 40-acre organic operation, a look at a floodplain restoration project on the property where a riparian section next to Garnet Valley Road is being restored, and a discussion about existing stewardship programs and sustainable agriculture support systems by members of SOSCP, OSS, the Environmental Farm Plan, and others. A wine tasting, coffee and light snacks will be served. Everyone is invited to attend.

Participants are asked to meet at The Peach Pitt produce market parking lot at noon sharp (just off Highway 97, 9701 Jones Flat Road, Summerland). 
From there the group will carpool to the Garnet Valley vineyard. Note: Dress for the weather and wear layers appropriate for both outdoor and indoor activities. Admission is free but participants are asked to register in advance as space is limited. To register and for more information contact

  • Friday, November 29, 2019 - 16:30

Growers Under 40 Social 

Friday, Nov 29
4:30-6:30 pm 
Slackwater Brewing

Start your festive season with a casual evening with fellow grape growers. 

First beer and appetizers included.  

Open to all growers/vineyard workers under 40. 
Please spread the word.  


  • Monday, December 2, 2019 - 08:00 to Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 16:00

BC Agricultural Climate Adaptation Research Network

Climate Adaptation Research for BC Agriculture
Dec 2-3, 2019
Four Points Conference Centre, Kelowna, BC

DECEMBER 2, 2019
An afternoon of sessions focusing on research for adapting to climate change in the Okanagan’s wine grape and tree fruit sectors. 
Hear from researchers and producers about practices being tested, demonstrated and applied for adapting to changes including hotter and drier summers, increasing pest pressure and increasingly variable growing conditions.

DECEMBER 3, 2019
Day two focuses on collaborative research with working sessions to:
Develop and advance province-wide collaborative research projects
Discuss the applications of data-sharing infrastructure developed by ACARN
Share strategies to improve agriculture extension
Provide opportunities for networking 

For more information and to register:

  • Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 09:00 to Monday, February 10, 2020 - 10:00

Farm and Ranch Wildfire Preparedness Workshops


see attached poster for more details

Across BC, the BC Agriculture and Food Climate Action Initiative is hosting an agriculture and wildfire risk reduction workshop aimed at agricultural producers from all sectors, wildfire response and emergency personnel, and local government representatives.  Producers will gain vital knowledge to prepare themselves and their operations for wildfire. 
Producers will have the opportunity to:
1) Learn local wildfire behavior, threat, and history, and how to apply lessons learned to structural protection 
2) Develop customized wildfire preparedness plans for your operations that outline what needs to occur before, during, and after a fire.
3) Connect with local government representatives responsible for wildfire and emergency planning, as well as local wildfire and emergency response personnel.
This workshop is free, with lunch and refreshments provided. Pre-registration can be completed here:

Workshops will be held in the following communities (see the attached poster as well):
McBride -  November 26th, 2019
Prince George - November 28th, 2019
100 Mile House - December 2nd, 2019
Keremeos - January 14th, 2020
Salmon Arm -  January 16th, 2020
Merritt - January 18th, 2020
Tarrys - January 22nd, 2020
Comox Valley - February 10th, 2020


  • Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 10:00

Insight Confrence

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Penticton Lakeside Resort
21 Lakeshore Dr W

The BC Wine Industry Insight Conference is an annual gathering for the British Columbia grape and wine industry. The conference is co-presented by the BC Wine Institute, BC Wine Grape Council, BC Wine Grapegrowers Association and the BC Wine Authority.

The conference provides a forum for industry to learn about industry-related topics, issues, policies and opportunities that affect their business operations.

Watch here and our newsletter for more information.

  • Sunday, July 12, 2020 - 08:30 to Friday, July 17, 2020 - 16:30

International Cool Climate Wine Symposium 2020

From July 12 – 17, 2020, the leading research scientists and industry professionals including winemakers and grape growers from around the world 
will gather in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada 
to discuss the challenges and opportunities of cool climate grape and wine production

at the 10th International Cool Climate Wine Symposium (ICCWS).

For the first time, the symposium has come to Canada. Delegates from across the globe are invited to attend the event, hosted at Brock University, to learn about innovative scientific research that will help ensure the vitality of cool climate winemaking and grape growing in the face of changing climatic conditions.Engaging programming and unique opportunities to explore Canada’s wine regions and all of the unique sightseeing and touring options available are currently in development.

Continue to monitor our website for details

We look forward to showcasing all that our country has to offer with guests from around the world in 2020.

Contact BCGA

Post Office Box 1138,
Penticton, BC, V2A 6J9
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PHONE: 1 877 762 4652