Prairie Organic Grain Initiative

The Prairie Organic Grains Initiative is a four-year program dedicated to achieving resiliency and stability in the prairie organic sector by focusing on increasing the quantity and quality of organic grains, and developing relationships across organic market value chains.

The Initiative is a partnership with several industry stakeholders across the value chain, including Organic Alberta, SaskOrganics, Manitoba Organic Alliance, Certified Organic Associations of British Columbia (COABC), as well as The Canadian Organic Trade Association (COTA), The Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada (OACC), and The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security.

By working together with farmers, researchers, government, NGOs, processors, brokers, buyers, and certification bodies, the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative is bringing together the organic community across the Prairies to achieve the common goal of resiliency in the sector.

Pivot and Grow

Pivot and Grow is an online platform for new and transitioning organic grain farmers looking to find resources, to connect with experts, find organic grain prices and build marketing relationships.

Young Agrarians

Young Agrarians is growing the next generation of ecological farmers in Alberta. Through potlucks, farm tours, workshops and mixers, we are building a supportive network for new and young farmers. Young Agrarians focuses on farmer-to-farmer relationships and learning and is now running a apprenticeship program.

Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security

Organic Alberta is the prairie host of the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security. The goal of this program is to help support and build a Canadian seed system that provides a solid foundation for food security, climate resilience, and community well-being.

Mackenzie County Organic Success Program

The Mackenzie County region is home to over half of the organic producers in Alberta. The Mackenzie County Organic Success Program will increase the support offered to the farmers in this isolated part of the province by hiring an agrologist/consultant who will, among other deliverable, provide on farm agronomic and business advice/consultations.
Also part of the Program is a needs analysis of the region and the development and implementation of a learning program aimed at two cohorts of producers – those in transition and new to organic growing, and those who are experienced organic growers. Each cohort will go through a separate incremental learning program introducing them to key organic business and agronomy best practices. The learning program will be delivered via an annual conference, field days, farm clubs and workshops.
The Mackenzie County Organic Success Program also includes research trials that will enhance knowledge around best practices in organic production in the region, and a trade and marketing component.

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