A recent article in the Vanguard supports our claim back in 2010 that, Southwestern Nova Scotia has one on the best growing conditions in Canada.

Our 2010 presentation slide show below shows there are three 210 day growing zones in Canada of which the Southwest shore is one. The big advantage it has over British Columbia and Southern Ontario are its ample rainfall. We do not have to irrigate our Haskap orchards

We strongly agree with reports findings that – “We have the capacity here, we’re just not using it.” We believe this will change in combination with rising land prices, as the ‘Haskap Revolution’ continues to expand.

Source: Belle Hatfield, THE VANGUARD June 28th 2013

Southwestern Nova Scotia has one of the warmest climates in Nova Scotia and it isn’t as foggy as its reputation suggests. Those are among the findings of a climate data study that was unveiled at a public meeting held at Burridge campus Thursday evening, June 27.

The study has been underway for two years and includes temperature and solar radiation readings that have been recorded every 10 seconds in 42 spots throughout south west Nova Scotia. You can’t get much more precise than that says Chris Atwood, the executive director of the Yarmouth Community Business Development Corporation (CBDC). The CBDC is the project proponent in partnership with several government agencies.

“We saw an opportunity to get at the data, which will help us promote the community as a place to do agriculture,” he said. “We’ve seen industries show some interest in this area, but when people were asking us the very serious questions as to where are the fog lines and what are the temperature variances, we really couldn’t answer their questions as well as I think the industries wanted them.”

He says the study, which is two years into its initial three-year mandate, is beginning to provide those answers. He says there’s a common perception throughout the agricultural community in Nova Scotia that “all there is in southwest Nova Scotia is fog and rocks and trees.”

The study reveals that it’s not as foggy as most people think. Even more surprising however, is the length of the growing season. Atwood says it is expressed in a number of ways, but it all adds up to a startling reality. The climate in southwest Nova Scotia is better than many areas in the Annapolis Valley, in terms of the length of the growing season.

“In terms of growing days, we are seeing that in some areas it is longer. We have warmer weather and growing seasons than even some areas up in the valley,” he said.

The data collected along the corridor from Yarmouth to Kemptville. Is particularly startling. The most favourable growing values were found to be in East Kemptville where 191 frost free days a year were reported and the amount of solar radiation and warmth was equivalent to stations in the valley. In fact the growing season (frost free days) was found to be 1.5 to 3 weeks longer than any other corridor in western Nova Scotia.

The data offers critical information that can be used to encourage economic development. “That is something we can leverage to certain industries. We can say, ‘This is why you should be here,” said Atwood.

Having grown up on Cape Sable Island, Atwood has long been aware of the area’s traditional agricultural diversity. For instance, in the early part of the 20th century, this region was a major exporter of perishable berry crops – strawberries and blueberries – to the Boston market.

“We have the capacity here, we’re just not using it,” he said, of the region’s arable land.