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The Prairie Organic Grain Initiative

Cari Hartt Growing Prairie Grain The Prairie Organic Grain Initiative is a 4-year, $2.2M tri-provincial project 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. A partnership between Organic Alberta, SaskOrganics, and Manitoba Organic… Keep Reading

Horse Power

Naomi Martz Sometimes the best tool for a job isn’t a tool at all Despite what some may think, farming with horses is not always about wanting to go back to the “good old days”. For me, it comes from a pretty extensive list of things that are important to me as a young person… Keep Reading

Sweat Farming at Hope Farm Organics

Sweat Farming at Hope Farm Organics

Andrew J. Adams From Fossil Fuel to Sweat Power Sweat farming: an ideal low-carbon, low-stress, grease-less-hands, no-knuckle-bashing approach to organic farming. All of you know that the price of food is low relative to the costs of production (though some might argue this), and that is due to our fossil fuel addicted economy. Mechanization sought… Keep Reading

Red Fife Wheat at Woodgrain Farm

All is Grist for the Mill

Jonathan Knight The Story of WoodGrain Farm’s Hand Made Grain Mill I like good technology. I don’t mean my smart phone (I don’t have one) or the latest gene spliced varieties, but rather the tools and innovations that have evolved over decades or centuries of use to make life easier. Appropriate technologies reduce daily drudgery,… Keep Reading

Certified organic apples

40 Years of Thinking Like an Insect

Bob McCoubrey Gary Judd is passionate about his work. As a researcher in tree fruit entomology at Agriculture Canada’s Summerland Research Station, he works hard at balancing his passion for doing the research with his enthusiasm for sharing his knowledge with growers—particularly organic growers, many of whom he has come to regard as good friends.… Keep Reading

The Two Faces of the Vegetated Buffer

By Marjorie Harris BSc, IOIA VO, P.Ag. CAN/CGSB 32.310-2015 5.2.1 Measures shall be taken to minimize the phsyical movement of prohibited substances onto organic land and crops from:
a) adjacent areas If unintended contact with prohibited substances is possible, distinct buffer zones or other features suf cient to prevent contamination are required: Clause 5.2 Environmental Factors… Keep Reading

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