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This year, Canada’s organic sector will be figuring out the day-to-day implications of working with the revised Canadian Organic Standard (COS).

Farmers, handlers, and processors have until November 25, 2016, to make any adjustments needed to come into full compliance.  The spring 2016 issue (available March 8)  explains the changes, using farm profiles and perspectives of people directly affected by the changes.  Going forward, we hope this issue will be a useful educational resource  for farmers and non-farmers alike!

Included in this issue is a special centerfold spread that summarizes the “where and what” of the key revisions to the Canadian Organic Standard.

Listen to a discussion of what’s in this content rich issue, on The Ruminant Podcast (TCOG is featured in the final 15 minutes of this excellent program!)

This issue is no longer available for order. Please see any available articles hyperlinked below.

Table of Contents

  • Putting the “O” in Canada—what will the new government in Ottawa mean for organics?
    By Matthew Holmes
  • The 2016 Census of Agriculture and Canada’s organic farming
    By Statistics Canada
  • Biodegradable plastic mulches no longer allowed in Canadian organic production...What now?
    By Shannon Jones
  • Protecting crops from GE contamination
    By TCOG
  • Treated fence posts and alternatives
    By Linda Edwards
  • Microgreens: Fresh produce year-round!
    By Lisa Mumm
  • Making your own soil mix for microgreens
    By Chris Thoreau
  • Organic maple syrup: a boiling industry with precise standards
    By Jean Duval
  • The Outdoor Access Debate: Challenges for Large-scale Organic Poultry Production
    By Anne Macey
  • The Revised Canadian Organic Standard Ushers in a New Generation of Organic Dairy Farming
    By Amy Kremen
  • Production of organic waxed cheeses
    By Margaret Peters Morris
  • Cleaners and sanitizers used in organic product handling facilities
    By Johanna Mirenda
  • Canada’s Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program
    By Laura Madden
  • Canadian Organic Seafood
    By Tim Rundle

Notice the new logo on our cover?  We are delighted to announce that The Canadian Organic Grower magazine is now a member of Magazines Canada, Canada’s leading magazine association.  This membership will help improve TCOG’s reach across Canada – and, it means TCOG can now be sold in stores!  Please do contact us if you know of a location, such as a farm and garden store, a book store, etc. where you think TCOG should be made available!

We’re aiming to grow and need your support more than ever.  There are many ways to support TCOG… For those of you who would like to promote your businesses, either in TCOG’s print pages or on this website, please contact Nicole Collins at, who will be happy to assist you.

We extend our sincere thanks and congratulations to Ontario’s Emily Mann, who submitted the winning image for this issue’s cover photo contest! THANK YOU to all who participated- You sent in such amazing photographs! With your permission, we’ll post a gallery of everyone’s submissions soon.

We want to publish your letters, provide more coverage of topics you want to learn about, and share your stories. Get in touch anytime- we look forward to hearing from you!

– Stephanie Wells and Amy Kremen, co-editors.