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Apprenticeships available for aspiring organic farmers

Organic Alberta – Young Agrarians, a program of Organic Alberta, is growing the next generation of farmers through a new apprenticeship program in 2017. The program is intended to help aspiring farmers gain skills and insight from experienced producers willing to share their knowledge and expertise. Four host farms have been selected in central and northern […]

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Seed production capacity building grants available

OrganicBiz staff The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security is offering “seed production capacity building grants” to assist development of seed sources for ecological farming systems. The initiative has worked in partnerships with host organizations and expert seed savers across Canada to offer training on seed production since 2013. The grants are to help […]

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Pair of organic field days offered

Organic Alberta  Organic Alberta and the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative will be hosting two field days on organic grain and field crop production. On July 11, there will be a tour of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Lethbridge Research Station and Leffer’s Organic Farm. Federal researchers will talk about weed biocontrol, integrated pest management, soil health, and […]

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Acceptable organic substances altered

By Jennifer Paige OrganicBiz staff The new Canadian Organic Standards (COS) will give certified growers a clearer picture of what the can and cannot use on their fields. The new document is accompanied with a revised substance list that includes a new annex in order to be more user friendly, said Nicole Boudreau, coordinator with […]