Dutch organic farmers join to cut out the middleman

By sharing land, farmers increase their rotation options and produce enough 
to supply a major U.K. retailer By Ashley Robinson Glacier FarmMedia staff When Gerjan Snippe looked at how farmers were marketing their organic crops, he felt something was wrong. The Dutch commodity trader found himself importing organic products from Austria, even though the same […]

Organic gardener cuts out the middleman

Maria Johnson Glacier FarmMedia staff One Alberta producer’s journey to the field began with a simple question: ‘where do you get your food?’ An innocent question from a subsistence farmer in Kenya in the mid 2000s affected Mike Kozlowski in ways he never imagined. He spent months in the east African country through a Canada Millennium […]

Farmers market booth selling grape tomatoes, bell peppers, eggplant, carrots and cucumbers.

Farmers drop organic labels over certification process, access to markets, study says

Purdue University – Midwestern fruit and vegetable farmers are more likely than their counterparts in other regions to give up federal organic certification, according to a Purdue University study. Access to organic markets and consumers as well as the demands of obtaining and retaining certification seem to be the most significant drivers of their decisions. […]

Ripe wheat in field with blue sky in background.

Organic acres up on the Prairies, farmer numbers stable

By Alexis Stockford Glacier FarmMedia staff Manitoba and Saskatchewan couldn’t match Alberta’s explosion of new organic producers in 2016, but local experts say their gains have been in acres, not farms. Alberta gained 82 certified producers (counting livestock operations) from 2015-16, according to the 2016 Organic Agriculture in the Prairies report. Saskatchewan and Manitoba, meanwhile, […]