Orchard Health Research Assistant at BC Ministry of Forests in Vernon, BC
I have been working for the BC Ministry of Forests in the Kalamalka Seed Orchard. I have been working on exploring the potential for applying cover cropping into the orchard management strategy, surveying in cover crop trials to evaluate weed suppression potential and beneficial insect populations, as well as continuing surveys for beneficial insect biodiversity across several seed orchard sites. I have also been participating in general pest management and other maintenance activities in the orchard. I have enjoyed learning more about the importance of biodiversity in agricultural systems and am excited about the contributions I am making to improving orchard management in the province!