$65,000 for Or­ganic Grow­ers

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Cana­dian Or­ganic Grow­ers has launched its new Or­ganic Suc­cess Pro­gram thanks to a $65,100 grant from the On­tario Tril­lium Foun­da­tion that will al­low 25 pro­duc­ers to learn what it takes to de­velop a suc­cess­ful or­ganic farm­ing op­er­a­tion.

The 12-month pilot pro­gram will of­fer sup­port to On­tario farm­ers who are con­sid­er­ing go­ing through the or­ganic cer­ti­fi­ca­tion process. Cana­dian Or­ganic Grow­ers is of­fer­ing farm­ers the chance to see what or­ganic cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is all about with on-farm tours, work­shops, and mock farm in­spec­tions. Ex­pe­ri­enced or­ganic farm­ers will share their knowl­edge on or­ganic records keep­ing, in­ter­pret­ing the or­ganic stan­dards, and plan­ning an or­ganic op­er­a­tion. At the end of the year, par­tic­i­pants will have gained valu­able in­sights and hands-on tools to use in the tran­si­tion of their own farm to or­ganic pro­duc­tion.

“Con­sumers in Canada and world­wide are in­creas­ingly choos­ing or­ganic pro­duce, and On­tario’s agri-food in­dus­try is ex­cel­lently po­si­tioned to meet the chal­lenge of the grow­ing or­ganic de­mand. Our farm work­force is skilled, pro­duc­tive, and in­no­va­tive,” says Jim McDonell, MPP for Stor­mon­tDun­das-South Glen­garry.

“The Or­ganic Suc­cess Pro­gram will con­trib­ute to help­ing farm­ers tran­si­tion to or­ganic meth­ods and se­cure a re­li­able sup­ply of On­tar­i­ogrown, qual­ity or­ganic pro­duce. I am pleased to see the On­tario Tril­lium Foun­da­tion rec­og­nize the ex­ist­ing progress made by On­tario’s or­ganic grow­ers and the po­ten­tial for fu­ture de­vel­op­ment in the in­dus­try. I wish Cana­dian Or­ganic Grow­ers con­tin­ued suc­cesses and growth in the years to come,” adds the MPP who at­tended the launch that co­in­cided with Eco Farm Day in Corn­wall.

“Cer­ti­fied or­ganic farm­ing is rel­a­tively new,” said Rachael Muller, Or­ganic Suc­cess Pro­gram Man­ager, “and there are lots of mis­con­cep­tions in farm­ers’ minds. The On­tario Tril­lium Foun­da­tion’s grant will help our pro­gram par­tic­i­pants get past those myths and

nav­i­gate their way to cer­ti­fi­ca­tion one step at a time.”

Cana­dian Or­ganic Grow­ers (COG) is a na­tional char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tion with mem­bers in all re­gions of Canada. COG’s mem­bers be­lieve that or­ganic pro­duc­tion is the best choice for the health of pro­duc­ers and con­sumers. COG has been sup­port­ing farm­ers and con­sumers through var­i­ous pro­grams and ini­tia­tives for over 40 years. You can find out more about COG and its Or­ganic Suc­cess Pro­gram at cog.ca.

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