Submission Guidelines

FEATURE ARTICLES

The Canadian Organic Grower depends heavily on freelance submissions. We welcome articles from all parts of Canada and from members abroad, as well.
In order to best serve COG members, we try to provide a variety of articles in each issue on topics of specific interest to farmers, market gardeners, home gardeners and consumers of organic food. We also consider articles on topics such as cooking organic food, nutrition, environmental concerns and progress within the organic movement.

GENERAL. Before you begin to write, please contact the editors to discuss your article. Contact Amy Kremen or Stephanie Wells at editor@cog.ca

In your article, make sure names are spelled correctly. Don’t get creative when you are quoting someone: if the exact words don’t fit into your article, paraphrase them, but make the original intent of the speaker clear to the reader.

PHOTOGRAPHS. Try to get pictures of people actively working in their gardens or field. Please indicate who or what is in each photo. List groups of people from left to right and from back row to front row. Try to capture the same person, place or thing from more than one angle as you take pictures. Tell us who the photographer is for the list of credits.

With digital photos, we need high-resolution shots. A good rule-of-thumb is to ensure that the file size of the photo is at least 800 kb (preferably 1-3 MB) in size.

EXPENSES. Expenses are not reimbursed unless discussed and approved in advance.

2016 DEADLINES:

Spring submission deadline: December 15, 2015 (publish date February 28)

Summer submission deadline: April 15, 2016 (publish date: June 30)

Fall/winter issue submission deadline: Aug 1, 2016 (publish date: Nov 15)

FACT CHECKING. Please supply phone numbers and email addresses for interviewees so that we can fact-check where necessary. Also, provide Latin names for any unusual crops, weeds or insects described in the article.

Book reviews

We welcome reviews of recently published books and of books in the COG Lending Library. Reviews are 100-350 words in length. We cannot pay for reviews, however reviewing is an excellent way for writers to break into the magazine. If you’re interested in reviewing books, please contact the library@cog.ca.

Our articles tend to fall into the following categories:

  • Personal experiences/ observations/ techniques (any word length). We are looking for new and different ideas on growing and marketing.
  • Research and its results (any word length). From formal research conducted by universities, colleges and governments to simple experiments done by individuals at home, these informative articles can point out new directions for readers to move in.
  • How-to articles related to farming and gardening (any word length). Whether its your own experiences or an account of how an expert does things, all steps should be thoroughly explained, and diagrams/photos should be supplied where needed for clarification.
  • Profiles of growers, of operations or of well-known or important people in the organic movement (500-1500 words). These almost always include new ideas or techniques for readers to try. We like to include at least one profile of a Canadian organic enterprise in each issue. Most are farm profiles, organic processing plants, marketers and transitional farms can be profiled, too. With farm profiles, please include relevant information, either in the article body or in a sidebar, such as:
  • the farmers (names of all, with ages of children)
  • farm workers (number of part-time and full-time workers, apprentices etc.)
  • location (including distance to the nearest city)
  • soil characteristics (eg. type, drainage, depth)
  • climatic characteristics (eg. frost-free days, rainfall, corn heat units)
  • livestock (breeds, numbers etc)
  • crop rotation (describe what is grown each year of a typical crop rotation, including green manure and overseeded crops)
  • certification status (if and when the farm was first certified and by which body)
  • acreage
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This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.

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