SVC operates 20 acres of beautiful high health budwood orchard, with approximately 17,000 certified virus indexed trees in the orchard representing some 500 different varieties of apples, apricots, cherries, peaches, nectarines and pears. SVC plays a pivotal role in supplying Canadian and international growers/testers with virus free propagative tree fruit materials and works closely with members of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to ensure this virus free status.
We do this through annual CFIA site visits, including field observations, leaf and soil sampling, auditing of source records for all materials in the orchard, and spray and fumigation records. SVC works with the CFIA and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to ensure that the strict rules set forth for an Elite/Foundation block are followed.
SVC would like to thank the Investment Agriculture Foundation of British Columbia for funding programs it delivers on behalf of the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia to improve access to virus free stock.
Once an order is received, we create a cutting order.
Sticks, containing at least 10 buds, are cut and the leaves are removed. We consider everything from the second bud upwards to be viable. Sticks are graded based on the diameter of the base of the sticks and packed in groups of 100 sticks (1,000 buds).
The bundles are wrapped in wet newsprint and wax paper and labeled with its contents and the recipient's name. Orders are stored in cold-rooms until pickup or delivery. Summer budwood is generally cut and shipped within 48 hours while winter scion wood is cut, graded, stored and shipped at the client’s request. See Ordering Procedures.