Transfer student open house offers connections

first_imgWorld Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Taylor Boserhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/taylor-boser/ Majority of faculty votes yes on DEI ballot ReddIt Previous articleSouth African swimmer diving into TCUNext articleWine store begins reconstruction after car crashes into it Taylor Boser RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR printThe 153 students who transferred to TCU this spring semester were offered a crash course on what to expect.Acclimating the transfer students to their new home is the number one goal according to Rachael Capua, the Assistant Director of the Sophomore & Junior Year Experience.“The open house was something we thought would be a good way to invite those that just transferred in this semester to know that this space is here and encourage them to use it,” Capua said.The Transfer Connection Space in the Grandmarc, which has study spaces with computer and printer access, a mini-fridge and microwave that students are welcome to utilize, hosted an Open House for transfer students on Monday from 11 a.m. to 2.p.m.“It was a more flexible event where students could come and go and learn about the different resources available to them,” Transfer Center Leadership Team member Avary Thoreson said.Chatter and laughter were heard throughout the Transfer Connection Space as transfer students conversed with each other. One study room had snacks such as candy, pretzels and purple-colored popcorn, while another study room had information pamphlets for various resources on campus.Some transfer students have recognized the benefits from the Transfer Connection Space and how attending this event helped them meet new people.“I love this event because it can be tough as a transfer student to meet new people so this is a good way of branching out and having interactions with other people who might have difficulties meeting people,” junior Colton Clanton said.Transfer students with various majors attended the event.“Events like this bring inclusiveness to the transfer community. Especially for me as a business student I don’t really get to know people from other majors, but this really helps me interact with other people from different majors,” junior Michelle Arechiga said.The Transfer Connection Space is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.For more information on upcoming events, visit their website. Counseling available as TCU mourns a student’s death + posts TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history I am a senior journalism major from the great city of Chicago. Watching E! News while eating a Chipotle burrito is my favorite pastime. Go Cowboys! CASA of Tarrant County advocates for children in foster care Ash Wednesday marks start of Lent Facebook Facebook Linkedin Avary Thoreson and Rachael Capua welcome students at the Transfer Open HousePhoto Credit: Taylor Boser Taylor Boserhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/taylor-boser/ Taylor Boser Twitter Twitter ReddIt Taylor Boserhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/taylor-boser/ Taylor Boser https://www.tcu360.com/author/taylor-boser/ Linkedin Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

Seoul government backs major expansion of rooftop solar in the South Korean capital

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:The Seoul metropolitan government has launched a new plan to increase the city’s total installed rooftop PV capacity from around 200 MW to approximately 1 GW by the end of 2022.“Solar City Seoul will supply one million households with mini solar power stations, install solar power in every single public site where installation is possible, and promote the solar power industry to increase the total solar power generation to 1 GW,” the government said.This means that the city’s current capacity of around 203.6 MW – which includes around 50 MW of new deployments from 2018 – will be raised by another 800 MW by the end of the announced time frame. “The Solar City Seoul project generated 237,805 MWh in annual energy for reductions of 109 tons of CO2 in greenhouse gases and 27.6 tons of fine particulate matter,” the city administration said.It added that the program will create up to 4,500 new jobs by 2022, without providing any other technical or financial details. According to the Foundation for Renewable Energy and Environment (FREE), the South Korean capital’s program will have a budget of around KRW 1.7 trillion ($1.46 billion).The South Korean government raised the country’s renewable energy targets at the end of 2017. Under the new plan, the nation will generate 20% of its electricity from renewables by 2030.More: Seoul launches 1 GW rooftop solar plan Seoul government backs major expansion of rooftop solar in the South Korean capitallast_img read more

ORCA Hub Showcases Fully Autonomous Drone Inspectors

first_imgThe ORCA Hub, a consortium of five UK universities, has unveiled fully autonomous drones that can inspect offshore energy infrastructure.The ORCA Hub is led by the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics, a partnership between Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh. The consortium also includes Imperial College London, the University of Oxford and the University of Liverpool.Unveiling recent results at its third presentation to industry, the ORCA Hub showcased the application of 16 autonomous and semi-autonomous robotic solutions at ORE Catapult in Blyth, near Newcastle, including the fully autonomous drones.“Our drones are fully autonomous. As well as visually inspecting a turbine for integrity concerns, ours make contact, placing sensors on the infrastructure, or acting as a sensor itself, to assess the health of each asset. Our technology could even deposit repair material for certain types of damage,” Dr Mirko Kovac, director of the aerial robotics laboratory at Imperial College London, said.“This has far reaching applications including removing the need for humans to abseil down the side of turbines which can be both dangerous and expensive. Our drones could also reduce the number of vessels travelling to and from wind farms, providing the industry with both cost and environmental benefits. The ORCA Hub’s objective is to remove humans from hard to reach, hazardous and dangerous work environments and our demonstration to industry presents the far-reaching potential of this robotic solution.”Other demonstrations included Limpet, an integrated multi-sensing device designed for deployment in large collectives. Limpet can be used on or around an offshore asset for integrity monitoring and inspection.Equipped with nine sensing devices and four methods of communication integrated into a single platform, Limpet is said to replace the need for multiple sensors to be used for integrity monitoring on wind turbines. Able to wirelessly communicate with each other, or a human operator, Limpet works subsea or topside and can provide an early warning system for asset inspection and maintenance requirements.Senior Research Engineer at EDF, Tariq Dawood, said: “Research of this kind is of huge interest to us as one of the UK’s leading renewable companies and we seek to employ the latest technology in our offshore asset inspection procedures. As renewable energy infrastructure grows in both scale and complexity, we will watch closely to determine how this sophisticated technology, including autonomous and semi-autonomous robotics solutions, can be best deployed and we look forward to supporting ORCA Hub’s objectives going forward.”last_img read more

Harris wires the Bridge for Virginia Sprint Series win

first_imgTony Harris found victory lane for the first time this season with a convincing run in Saturday’s Virginia Sprint Series feature at Natural Bridge Speedway. (Photo by Jim Haines)By Jim HainesNATURAL BRIDGE, Va. (July 14) – After numerous top five finishes this year, Tony Harris got the lead on lap one and wired the Virginia Sprint Series feature at Natural Bridge Speedway for his first win of the season.Bill Rice and Chris Ware paced the Saturday IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car field to green but Harris quickly swept low and to the front.Mike Leraas worked on Rice for second as Harris cruised up front. At halfway, Leraas made it to second but nobody could catch Harris. Rice ended in third.Feature results – 1. Tony Harris; 2. Mike Leraas; 3. Bill Rice; 4. Daren Bolac; 5. Chris Ware; 6. Ben McCall; 7. Tom Humphries.last_img read more

Africa is open for business and is a new frontier for investment

first_img• Africa is among the fastest growing regions in the world and strengthened engagement presents major growth opportunities for trade and investment by South African firms, as well as firms that want to use the country as a gateway to the continent.• According to the recently released Africa Investment Report 2015 compiled by fDiIntelligence “FDI into Africa [in 2014] increased by 64% to US$87 billion [which represents] 660 projects.”  This amounts to 13% of global FDI which has increased from 0.6% in 2000.  The 464 multinational companies which have invested in the continent are saying without equivocation that Africa is open for business and is a safe and reliable investment destination.• The most attractive sectors for investors are: financial services with 133 projects; the coal, oil & natural gas sector with 25 projects and a combined capital investment value of US$33 billion; the real estate sector with 23 projects and a capital investment of US$12 billion; the industrial machinery sector with 33 projects.  The auto components sector reflected an improved performance of 133% while the value of projects in the business machines as well as software & IT services sectors increased by 378% and 72%, respectively; FDI projects in the chemicals sector amounted to US$7 billion indicating an increase of almost 2000% from 2013; and the alternative & renewable energy sector saw US$10 billion being invested across the continent.  This is supported by the WEF Africa Competitiveness Report as well as the EY Africa Attractiveness Survey 2015.• South Africa’s foreign direct investment into and trade with the SADC region has grown more rapidly in recent years than any other. SADC currently absorbs 26% of our exports – more than any other region. Unlike exports to other regions, exports to SADC are dominated by manufactured goods.• South Africa is already a major and growing source of FDI on the continent, accounting for 53% of FDI into Southern Africa in 2014 (UNCTAD 2015). Outward investments are especially encouraged where these crowd in South African value-chains, expertise and financial resources.• Future growth of the continent will be supported by a number of on-going initiatives that will address existing challenges to doing business in the region.• Efforts towards market integration through SADC, and the Tripartite Free Trade Area will address the challenges of small and fragmented markets in the region. The Tripartite Free Trade Area is expected to create a market of US$2.6 trillion, with a combined population of over 600 million.• South Africa is also working with SADC to support regional value chains to enhance the region’s competitiveness and promote inclusive growth and development in the region. In April 2015, SADC heads of states approved the SADC Industrialisation Strategy and Roadmap.• South Africa is championing infrastructure development in Africa through the continental north-south rail and road links, as part of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development.• In order to fast-track key projects, South Africa has recently introduced a Project Preparation and Development Facility for the SADC, managed by the Development Bank of Southern Africa.last_img read more

South Africa’s national symbols

first_imgA country’s symbols – seal, motto, flag, anthem, coat of arms and natural symbols – tell its story and play a crucial role in building pride and a sense of belonging. South Africa’s national symbols are rich in heritage, and tell the stories of the country’s abundant natural and cultural diversity.South Africa’s national symbols are rich in heritage. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterThe Department of Arts and Culture is the custodian of all our national symbols and is tasked with educating all South Africans in their meaning and history, especially during the annual national Heritage Month, held during September.|Decoding the coat of armsA coat of arms of any country is the highest visual symbol of that country, and is part of the great seal, which confers absolute authority on all documents bearing it. South Africa’s new coat of arms was launched on Freedom Day, 27 April 2000, during former president Thabo Mbeki’s administration. It was created by designer Iaan Bekker and replaced the former coat of arms which had been in use since 1932.South Africa’s motto, !ke e: /xarra //ke, in the Khoisan language of the /Xam people is included on the coat of arms. It means “diverse people unite”. (Image: Wikipedia)The coat of arms is elegant and contemporary in design and distinctly egg-shaped. In the lower portion, known as the oval shape of foundation, the first element is the motto in a green curve, which is completed by two symmetrically placed pairs of elephant tusks pointing upwards. Within the oval shape formed by the tusks are two symmetrical ears of wheat symbolising fertility, which in turn frame a centrally placed gold shield, reminiscent of a drum.The shield contains two human figures from the famous Linton panel of Khoisan rock art, facing one another in greeting and in unity. The Linton panel resides in the Iziko South African Museum in Cape Town.Above the shield are a spear and a knobkierie, crossed in a single unit, but lying down in a gesture of peace. These elements are arranged harmoniously to give focus to the shield and complete the lower oval shape of foundation.Above the foundation is a stylised protea, whose petals are rendered in a triangular pattern often found in African crafts, and in popular colours associated with the continent – green, gold, red and black.A secretary bird hovers above the protea and the flower forms its lower body and chest – this part also looks like a diamond, one of the South African success stories. The secretary bird, known for its ability fight off its enemies, usually snakes, stands with its wings regally uplifted, while its distinctive head feathers crown a strong and vigilant head. Its legs are formed by the spear and knobkierie below.The sun rising above the horizon is placed between the wings of the secretary bird and completes the oval shape of ascendance.South Africa’s motto is !ke e: /xarra //ke, written in the Khoisan language of the /Xam people. Literally translated it means “diverse people unite” and replaces the former Ex unitate vires, Latin for “unity is strength”.Pronunciation of !ke e: /xarra //ke:!: Place the tip of the tongue against the gum root in the middle of the mouth and click hard. This is similar to the q sound in Zulu, for example in iqanda (egg).k: Not pronounced and followed by a short ê sound, as in nest.e: A very long ê which is pronounced with a dip in the voice, like a sheep bleating; similar to ê-hê-hê-hê/: Place the tongue softly against the root of the teeth in the middle front of the mouth. Then click with the middle of the tongue. The sound is similar to the c sound in Zulu, for example in ucingo (telephone).x: Similar to a prolonged gggg sound in Afrikaans, leading to gggarra.//: Another click, this time with the side of the tongue against the palate, similar to the x sound in the word Xhosa. The k is not pronounced.|National flagThe new national flag of the Republic of South Africa was designed by former state herald Fred Brownell. It was adopted on Freedom Day, 27 April 1994, and first flown on 10 May 1994 – the day of former president Nelson Mandela’s inauguration. It’s the only six-coloured flag in the world.The central design of the flag, beginning at the flag-pole in a V form and flowing into a single horizontal band to the outer edge of the fly, can be interpreted as the convergence of diverse elements within South African society, taking the road ahead in unity.When the flag is displayed vertically against a wall, the red band should be on the viewer’s left, with the hoist or the cord seam at the top. When it is displayed horizontally, the hoist should be on the viewer’s left and the red band at the top. When the flag is displayed next to or behind the speaker at a meeting, it must be placed to the speaker’s right. When it is placed elsewhere in the meeting place, it should be to the right of the audience.National anthemThe current national anthem is a combination of two well-known pieces of music – Enoch Sontonga’s Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika, and The Call of South Africa (Die Stem van Suid Afrika), written in 1918 by author and poet CJ Langenhoven.The music to The Call, which had been South Africa’s official national anthem since 1952 (and the Afrikaans version since 1957), was composed by Rev ML de Villiers in 1921.Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika was composed by Sontonga, a Methodist mission schoolteacher, in 1897. The words of the first stanza were originally written in isiXhosa as a hymn. Seven additional stanzas in isiXhosa were later added by the poet Samuel Mqhayi. It became a symbol of African freedom and defiance during the years of apartheid, and has been translated into most of South Africa’s official languages.This is the official version of the national anthem, with a translation in English given in brackets:Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika(God Bless Africa)Maluphakanyisw’ uphondo lwayo,(Raise high Her glory)Yizwa imithandazo yethu,(Hear our Prayers)Nkosi sikelela, thina lusapho lwayo(God bless us, we her children)isiXhosa and isiZuluMorena boloka setjhaba sa heso,(God protect our nation)O fedise dintwa le matshwenyeho,(End all wars and tribulations)O se boloke, O se boloke setjhaba sa heso,(Protect us, protect our nation)Setjhaba sa South Afrika – South Afrika.(Our nation South Africa – South Africa)SesothoUit die blou van onse hemel,(Ringing out from our blue heavens)Uit die diepte van ons see,(From the depth of our seas)Oor ons ewige gebergtes,(Over our everlasting mountains)Waar die kranse antwoord gee,(Where the echoing crags resound)AfrikaansSounds the call to come together,And united we shall stand,Let us live and strive for freedom,In South Africa our land.EnglishDownload the sheet music (PDF, 175KB)Watch the Soweto Gospel Choir singing the national anthem:National OrdersNational orders are the highest awards that a country, through its president, bestows on its citizens and eminent foreign nationals. The president is assisted by the director-general in the Presidency, who is the chancellor of national orders.South Africa’s current national orders were issued for the first time in 2002. They feature indigenous designs and reflect hanged to reflect a country that is committed to human rights, non-racism and non-sexism.Who can receive National Orders?Anyone is eligible for nomination, and nominees don’t have to be famous, but must have performed an act of bravery or rendered exceptional service to the country.Nominations are considered by the National Orders Advisory Council, which recommends qualifying candidates, and from there successful nominees are notified and invited to attend an awards ceremony.You can obtain a copy of the nomination form from, or return completed nominations to:The Chancery of OrdersPrivate Bag X1000Pretoria, 0001The form may also be downloaded from the website of the Presidency.The Order of Mapungubwe is awarded to South African citizens for achievements that have impacted internationally and served the interests of the Republic of South Africa.The Order of the Baobab is awarded for distinguished service in business and the economy; science, medicine, technological innovation; and community service. The service recignised goes well above and beyond the ordinary call of duty.The Order of the Companions of OR Tambo is awarded in three categories to eminent foreign nationals and other foreign dignitaries for friendship shown to South Africa. It is therefore concerned primarily with matters of peace, co-operation, international solidarity and support and is integral to the execution of South Africa’s international and multilateral relations.The Order of Luthuli is awarded to South Africans who have made a meaningful contribution to the struggle for democracy, human rights, nation-building, justice and peace, and conflict resolution.The Order of Ikhamanga is awarded to South African citizens who have excelled in the fields of arts, culture, literature, music, journalism or sport. This award is made in three categories. For exceptional achievement the Order is awarded in gold It is awarded in sliver for excellent achievement, and in bronze for outstanding achievement.The Order of the Mendi Decoration for Bravery is awarded to South African citizens who have performed an extraordinary act of bravery that placed their lives in great danger, or who lost their own lives including in trying to save the life of another person, or by saving property, in or outside the Republic of South Africa.National animalThe springbok stands 75cm high and weighs about 40kg and is South Africa’s national animal. (Image: Wikipedia)The country’s national animal is the springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis), which gets its common name from its characteristic pronking or leaping display – from the Afrikaans word pronk. The beloved animal has lent its name to the South African national rugby team, fondly known as “the Boks” or “die Bokke”.The springbok stands 75cm high and weighs about 40kg. It has adapted to dry, barren areas and open grass plains and is thus found especially in the Free State, North West province and in the Karoo up to the west coast. Springbok move in small herds during winter, but often crowd together in bigger herds in summer. They breed throughout the year and lambs are born after a six-month gestation period.Both sexes have horns, but those of the ram are thicker and rougher.National birdThe blue crane can emit a distinctive high-pitched and rattling croak. It is South Africa’s national bird. (Image: Wikipedia)The national bird of South Africa is the blue crane (Anthropoides paradisia), the distribution of which is almost entirely restricted to the country. Standing about a metre tall, the bird is a light blue-grey, with a long neck supporting a rather bulbous head, long legs and elegant wing plumes which sweep to the ground.Blue cranes lay their eggs in the bare veld, often close to water. They are common in the Karoo, but are also seen in the grasslands of KwaZulu-Natal and the highveld, usually in pairs or small family parties. They eat seeds, insects and reptiles.Although usually quiet, the blue crane can emit a distinctive high-pitched and rattling croak which can be heard from some distance.With only some 25 000 individuals left in the country, the blue crane is listed as vulnerable on the Red List of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.National flowerSouth Africa’s national flower is the largest of the proteas. (Image: Winfried Bruenken, CC BY-SA 2.5, Wikipedia)The giant or king protea (Protea cynaroides) is found in the south-western and southern areas of the Western Cape, from the Cedarberg up to just east of Grahamstown. The artichoke-like appearance of the flower heads of the king protea leads to the specific name cynaroides, which means “like cynara” (the artichoke). A number of varieties in colour and leaf shapes are found, but the pink flower is the most striking and well-known.South Africa’s national flower is the largest of the proteas, which make up an important part of the Cape Floral Region, a major global biodiversity hotspot and a Unesco World Heritage site. The proteas also give their name to South Africa’s national cricket team.National fishThe galjoen is unique to South Africa’s coastline, extending to Namibia. (Image: Wikipedia)South Africa’s national fish is the galjoen (Dichistius capensis) or black bream. The galjoen is found along the South African coast from Namibia in the west to Durban in the east, and in no other area on earth. It keeps to mostly shallow water and is often found in rough surf, sometimes right next to the shore. The galjoen is a familiar sight to every keen angler. The diet of the galjoen consists mainly of red bait (ascidians), small mussels and barnacles.The record size is over 55cm and 7kg, however the average is much smaller.National treeThe real yellowwood, the national tree, is found across the country. (Image: Wikipedia)The real yellowwood (Podocarpus latifolius), a member of an ancient family of trees, is found all across South Africa, from Table Mountain, along the southern and eastern Cape coast, in the ravines of the Drakensberg up to the Soutpansberg and the Blouberg in Limpopo. The bark of the real yellowwood is khaki-coloured to grey when it is old, deeply split and peels off in strips. The crown is relatively small in relation to its height and is often covered with grey lichen. Male and female cones resemble pine cones and are white, light green or pink.Source: Department of Arts and Culture, South African Government OnlineReviewed 14 September 2016Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Leadership and the Remarkably High Cost of Low Expectations

first_imgYour standard as a leader is not what you believe to be your standard. Instead, your standard is what you allow, what you accept, what occurs without your objection or consequences. Over time, you can be lulled into expecting less from the people you lead. The result of low expectations is not reaching your full potential and not helping others achieve theirs.Expecting Too LittleWhile this post isn’t about sales, there may not be a better example than a sales floor with an activity quota. The leader of the team requires forty outbound calls a day, even though most of the calls result in a voice mail. Although anyone is capable of making five calls an hour, the average number of calls ends up being something like thirty-two calls, with a few reps making more, and others making so few calls as to pull down the average.Assume the leader is thoughtful and cares about the outcomes of those calls as much or more than they care about the activity. The standard is not really forty outbound calls. The real standard is what the leader allows, not what the leader suggests. When there is no accountability or consequences, you do not have a standard; you have what amounts to “suggestions.”When you allow your expectations to chase the average performance you can achieve, you both expect and receive something less than the best performance of the people in your charge are capable of producing.Seeing Too LittleThe best leader you ever had believed you were something more than you recognized and pushed you to become that person. They didn’t coddle you or accept something less than your best performance. They weren’t apathetic about your effort, and they didn’t neglect you. Instead, they coached and encouraged you.Most people already underestimate their real potential. They don’t recognize their gifts and their capacities, and many (most) haven’t had the experience of working for someone who cares enough about them to see something in them that they can’t see themselves, or something they can see but haven’t had the courage to become.As a leader, your results are not only limited by your exceptions, but also by the limit of your ability to help people grow and improve their capacities to generate results. What you see in each individual is the performance you can expect from them. If you want to see something different, you have to help them see what they might become.Believing Too LittleThere is a word that you don’t hear enough in business. Perhaps it isn’t heard much outside of business anymore. The word is “encouragement.” The word “encourage” means to support and provide confidence. Without researching the word’s etymology, it isn’t difficult to recognize the idea of providing someone with the courage to act.Most people have no idea what they are capable of, and many (if not most) haven’t been encouraged to become something more than they are now. Most don’t possess enough belief in themselves and are not helped by leaders who don’t have a greater belief in them they have in themselves. Accepting and allowing people to turn in mediocre or poor results because you believe that is all they are capable of is to hold too little belief in them.As a leader, it’s difficult to accept that the person who didn’t perform for you thrives under another leader. The person did not change, nor did their role. The expectations of the person changed when their leader changed.Pushing Too LittleThe person who cares about you will push you to become the better version of yourself that is presently locked up inside you. They will continuously remind you that you are not doing the work, not putting forth the necessary effort and that you are capable of more. They won’t accept anything less than your best, and they’ll keep pushing until you succeed.There are many reasons we fail to push people for their best performance. First, it takes a lot of time and energy. Second, it means having the same conversation over and over again without seeing much of an improvement, if any. Third, it’s easy to be busy with other things, none of which are likely to outweigh developing your people and improving your overall results. But mostly, we may not push because we didn’t have a model of how to drive performance and because we don’t believe it will make a difference (i.e., we see too little, and we believe too little).A considerable measure of your results as a leader is going to come from your ability to encourage the best possible performance from the people on your team. You have to see, believe, and push for their growth and their performance.Failing Those in Your ChargeIf there is a way to fail your people, allowing them to lower their standards has to top the list. You can easily rationalize lowering your expectations, something that will be debilitating to producing better results.You can believe that it isn’t your responsibility to see something in your people they can’t see, and that it isn’t your responsibility to encourage their growth. You are paying them for their work, and you shouldn’t have to push them for their best results. To hold these beliefs is to fail the people in your charge, and in return, you can expect them to fail you.Raise your standards and expect more. Recognize that everyone on your team is capable of more than what they are doing now. Believe and encourage their growth, their development, and their best performance. And push them to start moving towards these things.last_img read more

Vancouver Farmers Market sprouts anew

first_imgFrom mostly near and occasionally far, new farmers and growers keep flocking to the Vancouver Farmers Market, which opened for the season March 17.“We’re seeing a lot of new interest,” said executive director Jordan Boldt. “We don’t usually see a ton of that every year. This is probably the most active we’ve been in a number of years.” There are 14 new produce and food vendors on the scene in 2018, he said.Thanks to the hot economy? Rising foodie fascination? All that and more, Boldt said.“We have at least two new farms from younger, more professional-background people who are coming from other industries and choosing to pivot into agriculture or the food industry,” he said. “I think we’re seeing people looking for secondary or supplementary careers where they can be creative and follow up their passions.“Starting a restaurant is so hard and expensive and risky,” he said, but launching a booth at the Vancouver Farmers Market “is a lower barrier to entry.”For example, there’s new mushroom maven Ash Tree Farms of Vancouver, which rents warehouse space in the city and grows its fungal delights indoors in bags of sawdust or on moldering old logs.“If you’re not a wild mushroom forager, this is a common way to cultivate mushrooms commercially,” Boldt said. (“It’s a crazy world,” he added.)last_img read more