By: Maddie McKay
History Of Orchards In The Okanagan Valley
In 1880, Father Pandosy was the first to plant apples in the oblate mission and it all took off from there. Few years later, the grape industry took off as early as 1905 all over the Okanagan valley. A important contributor W.J. Wilcox planted about 3/4 of a acre of a variety of grapes in Salmon Arm in 1907, which later expanded to 2 acres which was sold in hotels all around the valley. in 1921, machines were introduced and made life of a orchardist a whole lot easier. the machines were used for apples which led to trucks shipping them away to stores to be sold. In the late 1930's it was all done by train, then was split into 2 loads. 1 was the straight load which was mainly for 1 type of apple / grapes and 2nd was mixed which was a wide variety of all apples and grapes and any other fruit which people wanted to sell.
Later, the growing industry expanded to many acres but also the fruit that was planted and was open to the public and sold for people in the community and all over to taste the magic. Also it is important to remember the people who started it all, people in the community are acknowledged and so are the people who started the fruit growing companies. Still even in 2015 was still use the same methods as the people like father pandosy would have in the 1800's. Most importantly the Okanagan valley has great growing seasons and fertile soil which makes it an ideal place to produce food.
Roles Of The Okanagan Brigade Trail Development For Orchards
Early European Profile: J.W Hughes
~Reasons for settlement
J.W Hughes name still lives today because he did so many impressive things with the orchards and its history. The main one was when the fall of the grape industry went down in history he found a way to make it possible for it to come back, and so he did. In 1920 J.W Hughes started back up the grape industry which is still used today to produce wines all over B.C. I think his legacy should live on for many years to come because it shows how much dedication it takes to put time into something your truly interested in
~What was the impact of the early Europeans on the growth and development of the Okanagan Valley?
~The impact J.W Hughes had on the growth and development of the Okanagan Valley was he was the initial creator of the first scale commercial grape owner in the Okanagan Valley in the late 1920's to wineries all around the valley and around B.C. He provided a way of development because of the orchards he had and it attracted tourists around the world into the valley and it continued to grow and produce since the 1920's. With all the orchards from grapes to any fruit it made more people want to settle in the Okanagan for the views and the land that we had and have to provide.
~He moved originally from Alberta to the Okanagan for the land in 1908
~didn't just grow Fruits he also grew flowers of all kinds
~He was well known for the largest grape and raspberry grower
Orchards In Black Mountian
He owned land in the Black mountain Area in the red 1920
Orchards in Mission area
He owned the land in the mission in the yellow in 1930
This is the man at his work, watching his grapes so there in good shape for the wine that will be made