West Bench, Faulder, Okanagan Lake West
I have read the report which to my mind is outdated referring to tree fruits. In order to make small scale farming viable on the West Bench we need to look at many more options. I have chosen hops at an attempt at a cash crop. My planting went in five years ago Barriers against making this profiable include irrigation and no farm status for property taxes. Maybe there could be another level of taxation between full farm status and full taxation. For anyone attempting to grow any consumable vegetation irrigation costs could well be a hindrance. At the consumer level the water user can use drip and microjets to minimize usage. We are also in an area where there are water users who are wealthy enough to not worry about over usage and are still of believe that their lawns should by ultra green and weed free.
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