Macedonian immigrant George Petkov is proving those wrong who said it wasn’t possible to grow kiwi fruit in B.C., with a 3.24-ha Abbotsford farm that produced 45,000 kg this year. It’s not the first time B.C. farmers have attempted to grow kiwis – in the 1980s the Ministry of Agriculture encouraged several farms on Vancouver Island. But while the plants were still young, a harsh spring frost killed many of them. That led to the conclusion, by some, that it simply couldn’t be done. But Petkov said kiwis thrive in mild climates, and once the plants go dormant for winter, they can withstand temperatures down to -20°C. The biggest danger is in late spring, once the plants have begun growing, when frost can do major damage.