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Claremont Ranch Organics transition planning

Passing on the Farm

Bob McCoubrey A Succession Planning Story After more than 35 years of growing tree fruits and vegetables on our small farm in Lake Country, it was time to think about retirement. Our joints were telling us to ease up on the physical work and our son and daughter had moved on to other towns and… Keep Reading

Merville Organics Farmer Co-operative

Collective Marketing for Veggie Farmers

Moss Dance Get Your Produce in a Pile! I was lucky to witness the flourishing of the Saanich Organics farming (and marketing!) co-operative when I lived and farmed on southern Vancouver Island. In their book All the Dirt: Reflections on Organic Farming, Saanich Organics farmers Robin Tunnicliffe, Heather Stretch, and Rachel Fisher describe an amusing… Keep Reading

COABC 2016 Resilience

2016 COABC Conference

Michelle Tsutsumi, Conference Coordinator Legacy, Inspiration, Rejuvenation This year’s conference was filled with anticipation about our illustrious keynote speaker and the many engaging session topics. There were also undertones of sadness, both from the ongoing ripples from losing Mary Forstbauer in the fall and the more recent passing of Cathleen Kneen—two tenacious and spirited women… Keep Reading

farming at Close to Home Organic farm co-operative

Co-operation As a Business Model?

Chris Bodnar If you tell most people that they can succeed in business by cooperating rather than competing, they might laugh you out of the room. Competition is, after all, the basis of our market system. Co-operatives, however, operate within a competitive marketplace, but are based on values and practices of cooperation. And co-operatives have a… Keep Reading

Mary Forstbauer
Organic Community/Winter 2016

In Loving Memory of Mary Forstbauer

Legacy of an Organic Leader This September, as the summer season started to wind down, the COABC video project team had the honour of spending a few hours with Mary Forstbauer on her farm, interviewing her about her life on the land, and her vision for future generations of farmers. As always, Mary was enthusiastic,… Keep Reading

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