Easing the transition to organic
The Canadian Organic Growers (COG) has launched a new initiative to support Eastern Ontario farmers to transition to organic successfully.
Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry MPP Jim McDonell’s representative, Marilyn McMahon, and Jacques Héroux, an Ontario Trillium Foundation volunteer, were at the 35th annual Eco Farm Days at the Ramada Inn Cornwall to congratulate COG and hear more about how the $543,600 OTF Grow grant will create increased economic opportunities while bettering the environment.
“Bill 54, the Organic Products Act, 2018, prohibits the marketing and labelling of products as “organic” unless they have been certified as organic in accordance with the Act,” said Mr. McDonell. “It protects and secures the industry’s branding, and thus allows them to grow and expand their businesses with confidence.”
The new initiative, Growing Eastern Ontario Organically (GEO-O), is a three-year pilot project to tackle the real and perceived obstacles of transitioning to organic. Building on the feedback from farmers of COG’s recently completed Organic Success program, GEO-O is an onthe-ground initiative to support farmers through mentorship, financial incentives, and on-site experiential learning.
“Organic farming is an important sector of Ontario’s Agri-Food industry,” adds Mr. McDonell. “Today’s consumer expects quality produce and the certainty that their purchases meet the published Canadian Organic Food standards.”
Founded in 1975, the Canadian Organic Growers is Canada’s national organic farmer and consumer association and is a registered educational charity.
It offers training and resources to raise awareness about organics and assist farmers and gardeners in adopting sustainable and commercially viable, organic production methods. They are engaged in policy work and industry development at the local, regional and national level and offer a voice for organic farmers and consumers to governments on matters related to food and farming. COG’s mission is to lead local and national communities towards sustainable organic stewardship of land, food and fibre while respecting nature, upholding social justice and protecting natural resources. For more information see https://www.cog.ca