The Farm & Food Care Foundation has launched a new edition of the popular publication "The Real Dirt on Farming", which answers Canadians' questions about food and farming, and tackles hot topics – like pesticides, antibiotics, hormones and GMOs – head on. Check it out here.
April 28, 2015 marked 10 years since Organic Alberta's official incorporation as a non-profit organization serving the Alberta organic community. A lot has changed in the last 10 years - we have gone from 1 part time staff person working from her basement to an office that holds 6 staff people plus a summer student, managing multiple projects and priorities. However, a lot has stayed the same too. Our focus is still to represent and support Alberta's entire organic industry as we work towards our common vision of "a strong, sustainable and united organic community in Alberta". The Organic Alberta Board of Directors took a few minutes out of their busy two days of meeting and planning for the organization to enjoy a quick piece of birthday cake.
From the Stony Plain Reporter/Grove Examiner, March 6, 2015
For over 15 years Homegrown Foods has been serving the local community with healthy food and living choices and now they are excited to boast a larger store and an on-line and home delivery service!
Jim Schoepp, proud owner and himself an organic farmer says "We are proud to provide the Parkland area with organic food and other healthy options for the body and home. These latest developments are a testimony to our customer's loyalty and our desire to expand our service to the community."
Organic Food Demonstrator
We are looking for an outgoing, personable, and passionate person to join our team as a food demonstrator. The Organic Food Demonstrator will conduct food sampling at retail locations and events to promote products from Alberta Organic producers and processors. The Organic Food Demonstrator will work closely with Organic Alberta’s Marketing Program Coordinator and with business representatives in the organic community.
Projects include: The Alberta Organic Food marketing campaign.
A recent Western Producer article focused on the presentation by Tim Hoven to the 2015 Organic Alberta conference in Beaumont.
Following in the footsteps of USDA, Health Canada last week announced approval of Okanagan Specialty Fruits’ GMO “Arctic Apple,” which could reach markets as early as next year. The apples have been modified to inhibit the natural browning of the flesh after being cut, but will not be required to label as genetically engineered. If it gets onto the market, it would be only the second GM fruit sold anywhere in the world, after a Hawaiian-grown papaya, and it would be the first GM fruit to be grown in Canada.