For over 100 years, Country Life in BC has been the agricultural news source for BC farmers and ranchers. We are now the oldest independently- owned farm paper in Canada.
William C. Harris founded the paper in 1915 as Garden, Orchard and Farm, a monthly magazine designed for members of the province’s farmer’s institutes.
It adopted its current name in 1919 and under the ambitious George Murray, then managing editor of the Vancouver Sun, and his wife, Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray, who would become one of the province’s most colourful and best- loved journalists. Country Life in BC quickly became the province’s best- known source of farm news.
Through the efforts of Charles Hayden, editor from 1933 to 1957, Country Life in BC became the voice of organized agriculture in BC.
It was delivered to the members of every single farm organization in the province, with a peak circulation of approximately 18,500.
During the post- war period, the paper expanded its coverage of specific sectors and chronicled the major events affecting farmers’ lives – from the Fraser Valley flood of 1948 to the introduction of the Agricultural Land Reserve and the effects of the free trade agreement with the US in 1989.
In early 2000, Peter Wilding bought the paper from ailing publisher Malcolm Young. It was struggling but with Peter’s leadership and the support of associate editor David Schmidt and sales manager Cathy Glover, the paper flourished. In 2015, Country Life in BC was honoured with a Century Farm award from the BC Ministy of Agriculture in recognition of 100 years of continuous publication.
In October 2016, after Peter announced his retirement, Cathy Glover added two more hats and took over as owner/publisher.
“We are truly looking forward to building on the foundation Peter has created,” says Glover. “Country Life in BC will continue to be the news source for BC farmers and ranchers – in print and online.”
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