Organic food approaching mainstream in France

Growing sales are being supported by a rapidly expanding supply chain Reuters/Paris – Organic food sales in France are set to rise by 20 per cent in 2016, the fastest pace in seven years, as farmers and retailers expand in the segment, an organic food group said Sept. 21. France, the European Union’s largest agricultural […]

Portage-based vegetable processor signs on organic growers due to growing demand

Canadian Prairie Garden Puree Products Inc., based in Portage la Prairie has significantly ramped up its organic product line. By Lorraine Stevenson OrganicBiz staff A Portage la Prairie-based processor that created new markets for Manitoba’s vegetable and fruit growers now has her sights set on helping this province’s organic sector diversify too. Founder and chief operating […]

Top Canadian mushroom grower expands into Western Canada

By OrganicBiz staff Canada’s biggest producer of mushrooms has expanded its reach into Western Canada with the purchase of one of the region’s biggest producers. Highline Produce announced Thursday it has bought Langley, B.C.-based organic mushroom producer All Seasons Mushrooms. According to Irish tropical fruit marketing giant Fyffes, which has owned Highline since April, it […]

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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 […]