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.
Table of Contents
- Putting the “O” in Canada—what will the new government in Ottawa mean for organics?
- The 2016 Census of Agriculture and Canada’s organic farming
- Biodegradable plastic mulches no longer allowed in Canadian organic production...What now?
- Protecting crops from GE contamination
- Treated fence posts and alternatives
- Microgreens: Fresh produce year-round!
- Making your own soil mix for microgreens
- Organic maple syrup: a boiling industry with precise standards
- The Outdoor Access Debate: Challenges for Large-scale Organic Poultry Production
- The Revised Canadian Organic Standard Ushers in a New Generation of Organic Dairy Farming
- Production of organic waxed cheeses
- Cleaners and sanitizers used in organic product handling facilities
- Canada’s Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program
- Canadian Organic Seafood
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.