Will Oddie, an organic grain farmer in Saskatchewan, discusses the barriers to sourcing organic seed, the difficult choices that follow and his hopes for the future of organic seed production in Canada.
Andrew Michalski's interest in genetic diversity extends beyond seeds to farm livestock. He raises rare, heritage breeds of sheep and cattle on his farm and sees the survival of these breeds dependent on finding a profitable purpose through niche marketing.
Bringing a do-it-yourself approach to plant breeding, four Ontario growers are developing early blocky sweet peppers for their region.
I remember the first time I saw a farmer using a washing machine as a salad spinner. I had been farming for just a short while and I thought it was just the best idea ever.
The modified climate inside high tunnels creates an opportunity to diversify, producing crops that would not succeed if grown unprotected in the Canadian climate. By protecting crops from weather, pests and disease, high tunnels can help organic growers produce more types of top quality fruits and vegetables with viable yields.
Santropol Roulant’s meals-on-wheels program, servicing mobility-restricted individuals, has reached a beautiful level of integration now that they've added an organic farm operation to supply vegetables for their program. The farm fulfills the organization’s social mission and supports the development of aspiring young farmers, generating sustainable returns on small plots of land.
More than half the seafood we eat on this planet is farm-raised. As a result, aquaculture is an enormous, growing industry that must define and use the best possible management methods possible, in order to protect the environment. Organic aquaculture is a holistic system designed to optimize the productivity and fitness of the aquatic ecosystem.