Publications

BC Dairy Historical Society - The Story of Avalon Dairy Ltd.
"Milk Stories”
A history of the dairy industry in British Columbia, 1827-2000 - Milk Stories is the realization of a dream that began a number of years ago. As early as 1977, Everett Crowley, then president of the BC Dairy Council, accepted a motion that he write a history of the BC dairy industry.
BC Dairy Historical Society - The Story of Avalon Dairy Ltd.
"The Story of Avalon Dairy Ltd.”
In 1778, when Captain James Cook was exploring the Pacific Northwest, he landed at Nootka Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island to repair his ships. There is a record that he had cows with him that he had purchased in California . We presume that when he left Nootka, he left the cows behind.
BC Dairy Historical Society - Peter van Reeuwyk - Northern Vancouver Island Milk Distribution 1953 to 1993
"Peter van Reeuwyk - Northern Vancouver Island Milk Distribution 1953 to 1993”
Bram van Reeuwyk recalls, with words and pictures, the story of his family's Milk Distribution business from their arrival from the Netherland's in 1953. Northern Vancouver Island was experiencing significant growth at the time and the family made a significant contribution to the community.
BC Dairy Historical Society - 50 Years of Butter-Fat
"50 Years of Butter-Fat”
The Butter-Fat Magazine was the official publication of the Fraser Valley Milk Producers' Association and served the BC dairy industry for 71 years. By 1973, the Butter-Fat Magazine had recorded 50 years of continuous publications. The Butter-Fat continued to be published until 1993. All issues are available for viewing and searching under the 'Butter-Fat' tab on this website.
BC Dairy Historical Society - The Story of Dairyland
"The Story of Dairyland - 1950”
Twelve gifted people-editors and columnists, radio commentator, dietician, and photographic artist-have combined their talents to tell a story. It is the story of the people of Dairyland, who are responsible for bringing to you and your family the vital food we call Milk.
BC Dairy Historical Society - The History of SODICA
"The History of S.O.D.I.C.A.”
In a home in the North Okanagan area, a framed certificate hangs on the wall; this states that this particular piece of paper is the No. 2 Capital Share Certificate issued on January 18th, 1926, by the newly formed Okanagan Valley Creamery Association. The story of S.O.D.I.C.A. begins here.
"40 YEARS OF “BUTTER-FAT”
A summary of 462 issues of the Butter-Fat magazine from 1923 to 1963. For pioneer Fraser Valley farm families, the “Butter-Fat” was a treasured chronicle of their accomplishments, a compendium of their setbacks and successes.
“FIRST 40 YEARS FVMPA”
A brochure summarizing the working papers of forty years of activity presented in pictorial form, vividly portraying what can be done by cooperative effort. It is evidence of the worth of FVMPA to the economic and social well-being of the dairymen concerned and the economy of British Columbia.
“OUR FIRST 50 FRASER VALLEY MILK PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION 1917 TO 1967”
A chronicle of the first 50 years of the operation of the FVMPA. FVMPA was born out of the desperate need for protection from the distributor-controlled milk market in Vancouver. This is a tribute to the dairymen and other pioneers.

Great Reading

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pioneer butter production in bc

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A BRIEF EARLY HISTORY OF THE DAIRY INDUSTRY IN BRITISH COLUMBIA

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home delivery driver robbed! (1972)

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the milk always gets through

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