Learning from organic agriculture

By Ralph Pearce OrganicBiz staff Agriculture is always in search of the next innovation, but as most growers learn — some, the hard way — there is no silver-bullet solution. If you’re going to change things for the better, it’s going to take time, effort and likely a departure from the norm. Yet with lower […]

Young Agrarians aims to help new farmers

By Alexis Kienlen  OrganicBiz staff It’s no secret that there’s a need for new farmers to join the aging agricultural industry, but new entrants have their own unique challenges. That’s where Young Agrarians, a group designed to meet the needs of the new farmer, comes in. Young Agrarians, formed in B.C. in 2012, launched an […]

New organic snack guilt-free

By Robin Booker OrganicBiz staff The peas had cooled down enough from the baking process the previous day and were now being packaged by University of Saskatchewan Food Centre by staff. They wear hairnets and white coats with red collars that allow access to the facility’s organic areas. Allen Zak, chief executive officer of Zak […]

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Cows need forage, forage drives communities

Ron Lyseng OrganicBiz staff When the cows leave the farm, so do jobs, businesses, abattoirs and kids, says Iowa farmer Tom Frantzen. Whole families pack up and eventually the communities themselves leave. Frantzen, a pioneer in organic farming since the 1990s and a leading spokesperson for biodiversity in agriculture, said when an area loses its […]

Going the extra mill

By Lorraine Stevenson OrganicBiz staff It was a bad bout of fusarium in 2000 that laid the foundation for a Manitoba organic sector success story. Back then the DeRuyck family was farming conventionally and they’d made their usual inputs in the spring — seed, fertilizer, spray — only to be left with a disappointing harvest […]

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Running on empty? It’s time for a re-set

By Jennifer Blair OrganicBiz staff It takes guts to be a farmer these days. “Farming is an extremely complex business to run, and it takes remarkable courage,” said author Rebecca Thistlethwaite, who farms in Oregon. “It demands an incredible well of passion, a willingness to learn, and ‘stick-to-it-tiveness’ to make it work.” But more and […]