Bejay Mills , PAg
I started studying horticulture in 1999, at Camosun College and Kwantlen Polytechnic University, gaining a Greenhouse Production Diploma and a passion to use beneficial insects to control crop pests instead of spraying chemicals.
I gained practical experience while studying Permaculture, installing edible landscapes and irrigation systems, working in a commercial insectary raising predator insects, and later as Assistant Grower, managing crop pests in a cut flower greenhouse for several years.
In 2005, while attending McGill University to study Plant Science for a BSc. degree in Agriculture, I specialized in crop pest management, soil science, compost tea, and organic crop production. During my studies at McGill, I also worked for the university to develop, implement, and manage the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program for the university research and teaching greenhouses. That work later turned into one of my research projects, as the development of the Pest Control Manual and a Pest Scouting Database for the university.
Since moving back to the west coast of British Columbia 14 years ago, I have spent time developing and implementing IPM programs for crop producers of all sizes and many different crop types, consulting in soil and nutrient management, conducting research with a predator insect producer, and managing the pest control program in a 25 acre greenhouse, for a licensed cannabis producer.