Over 50 people visited Midmore Farms north of Morinville as part of the Aug. 6. Ward and Jo-Anne Middleton hosted the curious crowd and showed inter-cropped getting their crops up and growing to out-compete the weeds. He pointed to his wild oat wheat and flax, peas and canola, a multi-crop plowdown and seabuckthorn windrows in a custom grazing silvipasture.
In the spring of 2014, the Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network (ACORN) and the Pacific Agricultural Certification Society (PACS) agreed to support OrganicInputs.ca as the main national inputs directory, in replacement of their own inputs lists. An ACORN staff member said, “Supporting this national tool makes sense. Having a unified directory of approved inputs for organic production saves valuable time and ensures that the information stays current and relevant to the needs of the site users.” And from the PACS Certification Committee; “We get lots of enquiries from manufacturers interested in listing their products and we have referred all of them to OrganicInputs.ca for a long time now. We really like the website and find it easy to use.” All of the products in the OrganicInputs.ca directory are either approved for use or have been found compliant according to the Canadian organic standard by an Organic Certification Body or the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI).
There will be a second Organic Science Cluster: Minister Gerry Ritz, of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, made the official announcement yesterday, August 12 2014, on the Agricultural Campus of Dalhousie University, in Truro, where is now located the Organic Agriculture Center of Canada.
The Organic Science Cluster II (OSCII) will be managed by the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada at Dalhousie University in collaboration with the Organic Federation of Canada, the industry applicant. The Organic Science Cluster II is supported by over 65 contributing partners and it includes 37 research Activities. The OSCII also includes collaborating researchers from over 36 research institutions across Canada.
Organic Alberta believes that allowing farmers to retain and replant seed from their own crops is a fundamental component of farm profitability and autonomy. Organic Alberta also believes in a publicly-sponsored plant breeding program that objectively serves the needs of farmers, millers, processors and consumers. Canada has developed a strong reputation for developing high-quality plant materials through its public breeding system, and the benefits to Canadians have been far and above the investment. In light of this, Organic Alberta does not support Bill C-18.
Lethbridge and area’s growing reputation grew a little more Wednesday.
Organic Alberta’s Agro-Ecological Field and Greenhouse tour in the region gave industry experts and the public a chance to see first-hand what’s happening. The tour featured two stops in Lethbridge, including a lesson on Aquaponics at Lethbridge College and a discussion on the future of organic food at the Galimax Distribution Centre, as well as a stop at a Coaldale farm, Mans Organics.
The “smorgasbord tour” was an opportunity for organic food experts and interested residents alike to learn about the production of organic produce locally.
Is Lethbridge the next organic food hot spot? Judging by the arrival of Organic Alberta’s “field day smorgasbord, we just might be.
Wednesday, leading organic food experts will descend upon the region to host an Agro-Ecological Field and Greenhouse Tour. Becky Lipton, executive director of Organic Alberta, promised an exciting and interesting tour showcasing some of the most cutting edge organic food trends.