PROGRESS, B.C. – An Indigenous farmer in the Peace Region will be receiving funding from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC).

The farmer, Tiffany Traverse of Fourth Sister Farm in Progress, B.C., will be conducting a soil health research project for the next two years. The research will focus on the benefits of closed-loop farming by using different animal fertilizers to examine the impacts on the clay soil’s health and fertility within the Peace.

Traverse will be planting each of the trials using the Indigenous method of Phenology (moon phase planting) to dictate the seeds’ ideal time. The research project will blend western science with traditional Indigenous ways.

The first year of the project will be testing fava beans, and the second year will be oats.

The $55,000 in funding is provided by AAFC through its Indigenous Agriculture Science Partnerships Program.