Pouring red wine into glasses in the vineyard

Does wine made from organic grapes taste better?

University of California-Los Angeles – It’s time to toast environmentally friendly grapes. A new UCLA study shows that eco-certified wine tastes better – and making the choice even easier, earlier research shows it’s often cheaper, too. Though consumers remain reluctant to spend more on wine from organic grapes, the new study from UCLA researchers shows that […]

CombCut put to test in organic trial

Mechanical weed removal without intensive manual labour possible with Swedish implement By Shannon VanRaes OrganicBiz staff Like a spiky purple mohawk, thistles dominate a check strip purposely left in an organic wheat field at the Ian N. Morrison Field Research Farm in Carman. Pointing to it, the farm’s senior technician Keith Bamford tells a groups […]

New online course on organic seed available

By OrganicBiz staff The U.S.-based Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) has teamed up with the Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA) to offer a seed internship program linking experienced organic seed producers with beginning farmers through a series of webinars. The new online course is available to anyone interested in learning how to grow organic seed. […]

Cover crop field day

A field day in southern Saskatchewan focused on the benefits of cover crops for organic and conventional farms By Leeann Minogue OrganicBiz staff Southern Saskatchewan farmer Cody Straza has an ambitious goal: “zero till organic farming.” To get there, Straza will rely on cover crops as a large component of his management plan. “There is […]

Cover crop field day at Wood Mountain, Sask.

Upland Organics, located two miles east of Wood Mountain, Sask. is holding a field day July 5 featuring speakers and field demonstrations on how to use cover crops in conventional, organic and livestock operations. Speakers include Garry Richards of Richards Family Farm and Livestock Ltd. who will address the benefits and techniques of cover crops, […]