Herb, Spice and Specialty Agriculture


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Mr. Al Oliver

Mr. Al Oliver

In January 2018, the Canadian Herb, Specialty Agriculture and Natural Health Product Coalition recognized one of their industry’s most important leaders - Mr. Al Oliver of Chase BC. Throughout his career, Al gained a level of expertise in botany and specialty crops that he generously shared with students, colleagues, farmers and friends. He is a force of nature. His talents have contributed a knowledge of crop production and risk management from sea to sea in Canada. He guided and lead the specialty agriculture industry through his career of 22.5 years at BC Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, in various roles including the Provincial Ginseng Specialist and Industry Specialist – Horticulture. Al was also the BC lead on the CHSNC National Technical Team that developed internationally recognized guidelines for the Herb, Specialty Agriculture and Natural Health Product industry across Canada. His strengths as a thought leader and a team player have made possible the international recognition of risk management protocols for the specialty agriculture industry. Upon his retirement he continued to work with plants including a collaboration with Monrovia nurseries to introduce a new blue juniper to the landscape - Burly Blue™ Juniper, Juniperus scopulorum 'MonOliver' - Plant Patent pending. (http://www.monrovia.com/plant-catalog/plants/5507/burly-blue-juniper/ -opens in a new link)

In our life journey there are usually only a handful of people who we could truly say we have been honoured to know or lucky enough to work with. Al Oliver is one of them. He is a teacher and an author who has lit the way for many.

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For over 20 years the Herb, Spice and Specialty Agriculture Association has been proudly serving its members and their industry - providing networking and education opportunities while making sure their voices have been heard. H.S.S.A has opened its doors to the country and world... supporting the industry as a whole.

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H.S.S.A began with a spice grower/broker, a wildcrafter and a culinary herb grower/processor.  It evolved from a focus on purely production to encompassing the whole value chain including research and development. H.S.S.A now supports not only those crops and products they started with but many of the new crops overall, products and processes as they evolve. It is now an integrated industry association with many partners across the world and throughout the value chain.  H.S.S.A is known for its ability to "play with others"  and to partner successfully for the benefit of all.  A prime example of this is H.S.S.A's role as the secretariat for the Canadian Herb, Spice and Natural Health Product Coalition.

Herbs, Spices and Specialty Crops Our evolution has brought many changes to the industry making the world aware that yes we do grow, collect, process and sell spices, botanicals and much more.

— H.S.S.A has taken a lead role in adding value by developing voluntary tools for quality, traceability and safety.

— H.S.S.A has been a leader from day one in health of the plants they grow, collect and sell, in helping define and showcase the impact of consuming these healthy products and has supported the health of the communities that develop them.

— H.S.S.A has supported research and development

— H.S.S.A has been a voice to ensure a fair workable regulatory environment

— H.S.S.A is testing a gentlemen agreement spice levy to support industry lead research and development.

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