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Friday, 13 March 2015 14:14

Organic Alberta at BioFach 2015

As part of our new grain program, David Hobson attended the BIOFACH 2015 in Nuremburg, Germany in February. BIOFACH is the world’s largest organic trade show, with over 2,200 presenters, all of whom are certified organic. Participants include buyers, processors and traders from all over the world, but about two thirds are from Europe.

This visit was part of a new effort to assess potential international buyers for Prairie grain and other ingredients produced in the region. Of particular interest in Europe are oilseeds (flax, hemp, borage), wheat (bread and durum), and soybeans. European processors tend to prefer supplies from the closer Eastern European countries, and their prices are very competitive. Some Canadian Prairie farmers were also at the trade show looking for buyers that they could direct market to. Trade commissioners were also on hand, and the Canadian Organic Trade Association organized strategic meetings and introduced us to key players. Several interested buyers stopped by our booth with inquiries for Canadian products like wheat, flax and durum. This trip was our first activity in our market development program and Organic Alberta will continue to work closely with the Canadian Organic Trade Association to connect growers to markets. 

Friday, 13 March 2015 14:00

A & W to carry organic coffee

In the latest sign of diversification and expansion in Canada’s organic market, the fast-food chain A&W Canada has announced it will exclusively offer organic and Fair Trade coffee in all of its locations. A&W is Canada’s second-largest hamburger chain, with 819 locations nationwide. A number of retail and brand owners have recently announced they will expand their organic offerings and presence in the Canadian market, which COTA now estimates at over $4 billion per year.

Friday, 13 March 2015 13:41

Organic Alberta in Anaheim

Executive Director Becky Lipton was in Anaheim, California recently building relationships and making connections with buyers of Alberta and prairie based organic products. Alberta company Baby Gourmet was just one of the companies represented at the Natural Products Expo West. This annual event is one of the world's largest trade events for the natural food and organic product sector and attracts food companies, industry associations, trade agencies, marketers and buyers from across North America. 

Friday, 13 March 2015 13:31

Seeking Organic Events Coordinator

JoinTeamOAOrganic Alberta is looking for an outgoing, self-motivated, highly organized person to join our team as a summer student.
 
The Organic Events Coordinator will be coordinating events, educational activities and promotional campaigns for organic consumers, farmers and businesses. The coordinator will work closely with Organic Alberta’s Marketing, Livestock, New Grower and Optimizing Production Program Coordinators, as well as with farmers and business representatives from across the organic community.
 
 Activities include: Field tours for farmers and farm apprentices, events for consumers, the Alberta Organic Food marketing campaign, Prairie Organic Grain Initiative, and other general activities that support Organic Alberta.
 
Key responsibilities:
• Developing promotional materials and messaging
• Event planning activities such as: registrations, answering inquiries, coordinating speakers, working with farmers,
hiring caterers, requesting donations, and working with partners
• Administrative support such as: surveys, research, inventory, and other related activities as needed
 
Requirements:
• Canadian citizen or permanent resident, under the age of 30
• Be a full-time student returning to school in September
 
Qualifications:
• Passion for local food and organic agriculture
• Strong organizational skills
• Excellent communication skills
• Technologically literate
• Dependable, self-starter who is comfortable working independently
• Ability to manage multiple priorities
 
Assets:
• Experience working with non-profit, grass-roots organizations
• Experience with event planning and coordination
Position details: $13/hour, 35 hours a week for 15 weeks. Position to begin early to mid-May.
Application Deadline: 5:00 PM Friday April 10, 2015. To apply please email your resume and cover letter to
JoinTeamOAOrganic Alberta is looking for an outgoing, self-motivated, highly organized person to join our team as a summer student. The Organic Food Outreach Coordinator will be engaging in functions related to coordinating educational activities and promotional campaigns for organic consumers, farmers and businesses. The Organic Food Outreach Coordinator will work closely with Organic Alberta’s Marketing Program Coordinator and Agriculture
Outreach Coordinator, as well as with farmers and business representatives from across the organic community.
 
Projects include: The Alberta Organic Food marketing campaign, Prairie Organic Grain Initiative, and other general activities that support Organic Alberta.
 
 
Key responsibilities:
• Developing promotional materials and messaging
• Marketing activities such as: social media and website updates, doing promotions at various events,
marketing research, and working with partners
• Administrative support such as: surveys, materials inventory, and other related activities as needed
 
Requirements:
• Canadian citizen or permanent resident, under the age of 30
• Be a full-time student returning to school in September
 
Qualifications:
• Passion for local food and organic agriculture
• Strong organizational skills
• Excellent communication skills
• Technologically literate
• Dependable, self-starter who is comfortable working independently
• Ability to manage multiple priorities
 
Assets:
• Experience working with non-profit, grass-roots organizations
• Experience with event planning and coordination
Position details: $13/hour, 35 hours a week for 15 weeks. Position to begin early to mid-May.
Application Deadline: 5:00 PM Friday April 10, 2015. To apply please email your resume and cover letter to
Friday, 13 March 2015 13:20

Young Farmer Competition

Win a trip to IFMA20 in Quebec City this July!
 
Young farmers (persons aged 20-40 actively involved in farming) from across Canada have the opportunity to win an all-expenses paid trip to the 20th International Farm Management Conference (IFMA20),  July 12th to 17th in Quebec City.
 
International Farm Management Congress
The International Farm Management Congress is a one of a kind event that brings diverse industry experts and stakeholders together from around the world, across disciplines and commodity sectors. The Congress objectives are to exchange ideas, experience and knowledge through presentations and demonstration, and to stimulate contacts between farmers, teachers, advisors, researchers, policy-makers and agribusiness at national and international levels.  You can read more about the Congress at www.ifma20.org.
 
To Enter:
Applicants must be a young farmer (20-40) and produce a short video (one minute) answering the question:
 
How are you practicing healthy agricultural management on your farm?
 
Farm Management Canada must receive the completed application form and video submission no later than
April 26, 2015. For more information, please visit www.ywefarm.com.
 
Start filming today!
 

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