Warning of “colossal” negative impacts for the environment and human societies if the massive stores of carbon trapped in the Earth’s soils are released, Fijian president Jioji Konousi Konrote called for stronger management of this critical natural resource at the start of an international symposium. Read the full article!

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Posted On:  Apr 28   |   News

The Community Seed Network

The Community Seed Network ultimately aims to address the needs of community seed programs, strengthen the movement, and amplify its impact. The Community Seed Network is conducting a survey in order to better understand the scope and needs of community seed programs across the USA and Canada. Feedback from this survey will be critically important in helping us set our direction and prioritize our work in the coming months.

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Organic farmers who are looking for the biggest nitrogen gain from adding a pulse to their rotation might want to consider fababeans. Read the full article!

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Posted On:  Apr 28   |   Articles

Getting the Body Ready for Spring

Ann Slater provides tips on how to select tools, equipment, and work methods to make gardening less stressful on your body, along with ways to keep your body in good physical condition for the growing season.

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Posted On:  Apr 28   |   Articles

Basic Concepts of the Soil Foodweb

The soil foodweb is the tonnes of beneficial bacteria, fungi, protozoa and nematodes that live in soil or compost whose value has been overlooked, undervalued and misunderstood for decades. Recent discoveries in soil biology show a huge potential to improve current organic, biological and conventional growing and farming and move away from costly synthetic inputs.

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Whether you're a beginner, intermediate, or advanced grazier, this 3-day workshop June 12-14 in Gem, AB, will help you move to the next level.

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Diversifying his crops hasn’t completely eliminated pests, Zamora said, but it’s made them easier to manage so they don’t damage his harvest. It also relieves the pressure of soil-borne diseases.

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The Organic Milk Suppliers Cooperative (OMSCO) released results from its latest study, which have shown that iodine levels in organic milk are now ahead of conventional milk for the first time since testing began. Read the full article!

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An Edmonton-based home grocery delivery service is expanding across Alberta in hopes it can bite off a bigger piece of the province’s organic food business. Read the full Edmonton Journal article!

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While all farmers face challenges, the high start-up costs associated with grain farming can make it an especially difficult field to enter for new and young farmers. The future of high quality, sustainably grown grains depends on the success of young farmers like John and Halee Wepking in Ridgeway, Wisconsin.

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The Prairie Organic Grain Initiative is thrilled to announce the release of the Prairie organic report. Organic certification bodies across Canada provided 2015 operation and acreage data to the Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA), which was in turn compiled, analyzed, and developed into the Prairie Organic Report. The Prairie organic report details organic operations including primary producers and processors/handlers, organic acreage and crop types, and Alberta-specific trends and statistics.

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Canada’s organic sector says it’s not getting its due. Canada is the fifth-largest organic market in the world as well as leading exporter of several organic commodities but gets little assistance from government, says Tia Loftsgard, executive director of Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA). Read the full Manitoba Co-Operator article!

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The UN released a report on the right to food, which is clear about the adverse impact of pesticides on human rights, health, and the environment, and indicates agroecology and organic agriculture as the real long-term solution to feed a fast-growing global population.

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The Program Coordinator will provide support for the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative team, including the program director and the optimization program manager. The program coordinator will be supervised by the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative program director and the Optimization program manager.

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The Organic Week coordinator will develop a plan and coordinate the roll out of Organic Alberta’s organic week activities. This includes working with our partners, such as the Canada Organic Trade Association, organic retailers and organic farmers. The Organic Week Coordinator will work closely with Organic Alberta’s Executive Director and our Communications Coordinator.

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The Event Coordinator will work with the Program and Events coordinator and the Young Agrarians coordinator to support the organization of various field days and workshops. This will include coordination of logistics, promotions, catering and registration for several field days and events occurring throughout the summer months.

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Posted On:  Apr 3   |   Courses

On-Farm Nutrient Management Program

The Prairie Organic Grain Initiative (POGI) is looking for farmers and agronomists to participate in an on-Farm Nutrient Management Program for organic farmers, offered in partnership with Dr. Martin Entz and Joanne Thiessen Martens of the University of Manitoba.

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Using green manure, increasing seeding rates, and incorporating mechanical weed control can help organic producers manage weeds on their operations. Read the full Organic Biz article!

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Event Date:  Apr 7 - 8, 2017

Transition to Organic Grains Pre-Conference Workshop & Organic Grain and Field Crops Conference

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  Sand Springs Ranch is seeking an enthusiastic, aspiring young farmer to join our diversified organic farm. The apprenticeship is a full imme

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A must attend workshop if you are thinking about organic production, held in Manning, AB on April 10th.

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Posted On:  Mar 20   |   Events  |  News

2017 Participatory Plant Breeding Program

Bauta is looking for farmers that would like to be involved in helping to select early generations of new organic wheat, oat, and potato populations.

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Posted On:  Mar 20   |   Events  |  News

2017 Seed Grow Outs

Bauta's seed grow-outs are designed to help farmers experiment with different varieties of crops and observe how different varieties grow for seed in diverse environments across the country.

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Held in partnership with Western Canadian Holistic Management, the 2017 Organic Alberta Conference united diverse communities in conversation on regenerative agriculture. Read more about some of the event highlights.

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Learn more about Safe Food for Canadians Regulations, how they will have major repercussions for the organic sector, and what you can do to help.

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Posted On:  Mar 1   |   Events

Beekeeping Workshop – Ferintosh, AB

Event Date:  Apr 8 - 9, 2017
Grass Roots Family Farm and Young Agrarians are happy to host Eliese Watson from ABC Bees for a Level One Beekeeping Certificate  Date: Apri

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Posted On:  Feb 15   |   Events

Small Farm Summit – Calgary, AB

Event Date:  Feb 21, 2017
When: February 21st from 1:00pm to 5:00pm Where: Gunn’s Dairy Barn, Heritage Park, Calgary AB What: The small farm summit is for family farms

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Event Date:  Feb 17, 2017
As part of the Holistic Management & Organic Alberta Conference we are hosting an event for aspiring, new and young farmers in Central Alberta

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Organic Alberta is pleased to offer its members an exclusive discount on Farm Credit Canada's Field Management Software. Members receive a 40% discount off the Field Management PRO and PRO 360 programs.

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Event Date:  Feb 17 - 18, 2017
Conference Schedule Organic Alberta is excited to announce our 2017 Conference: Regenerating Soil, Regenerating Farms, Regenerating Communities

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Event Date:  Feb 15, 2017
What is Soil Health? Concepts to Applications DATE AND TIME Wed, 15 Feb 2017, 7:00 PM – Fri, 17 Feb 2017, 1:30 PM MST - Add to Calendar TICKET

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Event Date:  Jan 12, 2016

In partnership with the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative, the University of Manitoba is offering Part Two of the Organic Agronomy Training Program.

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Press Release – December 9, 2016 Young Agrarians, a program of Organic Alberta, is growing the next generation of famers through an new apprenti

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Event Date:  Oct 21, 2016
COME TO THE FIRST EVER YOUNG AGRARIANS POTLUCK AND SOCIAL OF THE PEACE COUNTRY! Share stories and swap ideas with your fellow agrarians. Young Agra

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Posted On:  Sep 26   |   Events

Organic Week

Event Date:  Sep 17, 2016
Join Organic Alberta in celebrating this year's Organic Week! Organic Week runs from September 17 to 25, 2016, and there are plenty of events 

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Posted On:  Aug 18   |   Events

Young Agrarians Mixer in Lethbridge

Event Date:  Sep 10, 2016
FARM TOUR, SPEAKERS,  DEMOS,  FOOD & LIVE MUSIC! If you’re an aspiring farmer, current farmer, seasoned farmer, gardener or you’re a food

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Posted On:  Aug 18   |   News

Nominate an Organic Hero!

Do you know an Organic Hero or a Young Organic Hero? Organic Connections has extended the deadline for submissions until August 31,2016 and they want

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Posted On:  Aug 18   |   Events

Sunworks Farm Annual Farm Day Armena, AB

Event Date:  Sep 5, 2016
Sunworks Farms is having their annual farm day this year on Monday September 5, 2016 from 12 noon to 5 pm. Head out to see their free range, certif

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photo credit: Sara Dent The BAUTA Family Seed Security Initiative is offering grants to farmers interested in building their capacity and understa

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Event Date:  Sep 14, 2016
Agri-tourism and farm direct operators are invited to join Explore Local for this one-day tour that will visit 3 different farms. Tour stop opera

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Originally published by organicbiz.com By Shannon VanRaes OrganicBiz staff Sign-up to receive the OrganicBiz newsletter Pointing to plots o

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Posted On:  Aug 16   |   Media

Grain Quality: From Producer to Consumer

Organic grains are growing at a phenomenal rate. With this in mind, it is important to ensure that consumers can see the quality in your grains. In

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Aquaculture, including aquatic animal and plant production, as well as plants grown under aquaponics  systems, will soon be integrated into the Organ

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By Cari Hartt, Communications Coordinator, Organic Alberta On January 14th, Ernest’s Dining Room at NAIT (Northern Alberta Institute of Techn

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