COTA Releases Organic Agriculture in Canada: By the Numbers

COTA Report Clarifies the Economic Benefit of Supporting Organic Transition Last week, the Canada Organic Trade Association released its latest report on the state of organic agriculture and trade in Canada, using data collected...

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Organic Council Speaks for Small Farms

OCO President Urges OVRTC to Reduce Cost & Complexity of Certification At the board meeting of the Organic Federation of Canada (OFC) last month, OCO President Tom Manley moved and the board unanimously adopted the resolution that...

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Join Us for Our 2017 AGM and Organic Feast!

  This year, OCO’s AGM will be a little different. To celebrate our all that Ontario’s organic industry has to offer, the Organic Council of Ontario invites both OCO members and the general public to join us for a...

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Science Applied to Organic Agriculture Helps All Farmers

Research in organic systems often boosts efficiency in non-organic systems as well. by: Ralph C. Martin, Ph.D., P.Ag., Professor, University of Guelph. Note: this Op-Ed was originally published in the Hill Times on February 13th, 2017....

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When the System Fails a Farm: Zocalo Organics

The organic certification system in Ontario (and Canada) is not perfect. As part of our work, OCO advocates for improvements to the system to support small, diverse farmers. This is the story of Seb and Bethany from Zocalo Organics, and...

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Call for Board Nominations

OCO is sad to announce that our current treasurer and board member for many years, John Devlin, will be leaving us this year. We are also losing our board secretary and excellent events planner, Lauren Stallard.  We thank them both for...

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February 2017: Opportunities in the Ontario Organic Sector

Office Co-ordinator, Ecological Farmers of Ontario (Guelph) EFAO is seeking a highly organized systematic-thinker to manage the office and day to day administrative systems that support the staff team and the organization as a whole....

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CFIA Seeks Feedback on a New Approach to Food Labelling

Misleading and inaccurate food claims have long been an issue of importance to OCO’s members and consumers who are concerned with what’s in their food. If you’re concerned about food labelling, here is a chance to let...

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Woolwich Observer: Ontario lagging in the market for organic.

This article by Whitney Neilson promotes our Grow Ontario Organic survey and cites OCO’s Carolyn Young as saying, “the less that we take up the market share for domestic supply in organic the more we are going to be competing...

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USDA Announces Organic Transition Certification

Last week, The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Organic Trade Association (OTA) announced a new program that will give US producers transitioning to organic the ability to obtain a “transitional...

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Job Postings in the Organic Sector

Check out these great opportunities with Canadian businesses and organizations that operate within or support the organic sector. Executive Director, ACORN  Sackville, NB Apply by Jan. 31st, 2016 Since 2000, ACORN has been Atlantic...

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Nutrient Timing Matters: OMAFRA

Did you know that the timing of your nutrient applications makes a big difference in how they are absorbed into the soil? This is true for both organic and conventional farmers. According to OMAFRA: Phosphorus in manure and other...

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