Regular Contributors

Anne Macey
Anne Macey is the editor of COG’s Organic Livestock Handbook and a contributing writer for COG’s new publication Living with Worms
in Organic Sheep Production. She is also working with the Animal Welfare Task Force and OACC to develop educational materials for organic
livestock producers.

Recent Posts by Anne Macey

Av Singh

Av serves as the Organic & Rural Infrastructure Specialist with Perennia in Nova Scotia, working predominantly with organic and
small-scale farmers on issues of production, processing, and marketing of agricultural goods. Av emphasizes farmer-to-farmer
knowledge exchange and works towards revitalizing rural communities through increasing social capital.

Av has had the privilege of visiting over 1200 farms in North America which has shaped his work on extending holistic,
system-based solutions for farm management with emphasis on soil health. Av has authored over 140 peer-reviewed papers, chapters,
and extension articles and has been an invited speaker to over 375 workshops, conferences, symposia and has guest-lectured at over
20 universities in Canada and the US. Av currently holds the Just Us! Chair in Small Farm Sustainability at the Centre for Small Farms.

Dan Jason
Dan Jason is the owner of Salt Spring Seeds and the president of the Seed and Plant Sanctuary for Canada.
Daniel Brisebois
Daniel Brisebois is a past president of Canadian Organic Growers, co-author of Crop Planning for Organic Vegetable Growers,

and on the Eastern Canadian Organic Seed Growers Network’s steering committee.

Dan is also one of the 5 members of Tourne-Sol co-operative farm ( in Les Cedres, Quebec.
Tourne-Sol produces certified organic vegetables, flowers, seeds, seedlings and herbal teas on 12 acres rented from an organic grain farm.
Tourne-Sol’s products are distributed through a 250-share CSA, farmers market, and on-line seed catalogue.

You can follow Dan’s blog at

Gavin Dandy
Gavin Dandy is a former COG board member. He is a co-founder of Everdale ( where he works as the Farm Director.
Everdale has a 250-acre organic farm as well as a wide range of farm and food related hands-on training programs for farmers,
school children and the general public. Gavin’s main job at Everdale is training new farmers. He oversees Everdale’s Farmers Growing Farmers
training programs, which have launched more than 75 new farm enterprises in the past ten years. He also is the coordinator of
Everdale’s Black Creek Community Farm, a recently launched urban agriculture project in Toronto.

Aside from his work at Everdale Gavin also teaches part time at the University of Guelph and Sir Sandford Fleming College.

Janet Wallace
Janet Wallace edited EcoFarm & Garden and The Canadian Organic Grower from 2001 to 2012. She has gardened organically
for many years, saved seeds and raised sheep, goats, waterfowl and chickens. She is now a freelance writer and artisan (weaving, spinning and pottery).
She lives and gardens near the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick’s Albert County.
Janine Gibson
Janine Gibson has served as an organic inspector since 1993 working with over 14 different certification bodies.
She currently is a member of the Standards Interpretation Committee of the Canadian Organic Office and the Organic Federation of Canada.
Michelle Summer Fike

Michelle Summer Fike was the founding owner for 20 years of Pumpkin Moon Farm, one of Nova Scotia’s most successful
herbal products companies, producing farm-based herbal preparations, hosting interns and workshops, speaking at events,
writing for magazines, and sharing her love of herbs, native plants, wildcrafting, and organic gardening around the province and country.

Michelle now runs Whole Green Heart, a company that inspires healthy, herbal living through training, programs, and retreats.
She is a sought-after workshop presenter and motivational speaker, a leader in the Maritime herbal community, and a champion
of the herbal arts for over two decades.

Michelle is also a workplace education instructor and certified life coach, the director of business and communication training
for Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia, and former president of Seeds of Diversity Canada.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies from Toronto’s York University and lives on eight acres of forest and wild meadow
with her two adopted children in rural Nova Scotia.

This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.

This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.

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