Summerland Research Station celebrates 100 years

2014 is a very important year for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of our research centre in Summerland, B.C.

We’re proud to kick off our “Celebrate a Century of Science” public speaker series at the Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre (PARC) on June 11 in honour of this 100th anniversary.

Whether it’s the Spartan apple or the sterile insect release program, over the past century PARC has contributed many innovations to help keep growers in the Okanagan – and across Canada – ahead of the curve. Today, PARC has experts on a wide range of topics, including: traditional tree fruit breeding; wine grape and wine production; integrated pest management; soil, water and nutrient management; geomatics; sensory evaluation; fruit storage and handling; and the latest techniques in advancing food

The first talk will highlight the early days of Summerland and of the research farm. Speakers will include retired PARC scientist Dr. Frank Kappel and local historian David Gregory. Dr. Kappel helped develop many of PARC’s cherry varieties which have allowed local growers to gain a reputation around the world as producers of high quality cherries.

June 11, 7:30-8:30pm
PARC, Main conference room
4200 Highway 97 South
Summerland BC
(Free parking is available)

A second talk is scheduled for June 25. Future topics will include water management, land use, and sustainable pest management. Details for each talk will be added to<> as they become available.

All talks are free and open to the general public. Further event details for the first two dates are available at:
Further information is available from Sarah Godin, B.A.Sc.
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