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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 […]

SaskOrganics field day

The field day SaskOrganics — TCO Cert’s Saskatchewan chapter — will be a bus tour starting at the Keewatin Farm near Regina. The tour includes Son Tanner Sales Ltd.  (Combcut plots and operation — a Swedish machine for cutting thistles in-crop); PV Waste Solutions (soil recycling, composting, and wood-chipping operations); Zee Bee Honey (honey operation); […]

Field days for organic producers

OrganicBiz staff TCO Cert (TransCanada Organic Services) is holding a pair of field days on July 28. Its Alberta chapter — the Alberta Organic Producers Association — is holding its field day at the Daryl Cole Farm near Vegreville in conjunction with the Alberta Innovates Technology Futures research station. The research of interest to organic farmers […]

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 […]

New system could weed and feed crops simultaneously

University of Illinois Release – Weeds are a major scourge for organic growers, who often must invest in multiple control methods to protect crop yields. A relatively new weed control method known as abrasive weeding, or “weed blasting,” could give organic growers another tool. The method, recently field-tested at the University of Illinois, is surprisingly effective. […]

Organic conference draws a crowd

By Lorraine Stevenson OrganicBiz staff The game of chess isn’t learned easily, requires forward thinking, and you have to like playing it. That’s why University of Manitoba plant scientist Martin Entz compares it to organic farming. “It takes a long time to learn to do this well,” he said during his opening address to last […]