Raising Dexter Cattle in PEI by Kathy Birt

Kathy Birt

Mike and Evelyn Lafortune have the largest herd of Dexter cattle in Canada. Located in North Milton, Prince Edward Island, they have found a niche market for their organic beef. As Mike declares: “These cows are easy to please.” They feed on no less than 12 grasses and legumes on the 200-acre farm that was Evelyn’s since 2009 – and …

Regenerating Agriculture in New Brunswick

Monica Allaby

On the outskirts of Fredericton, a historic farm has been given a new life as the home of one of Canada’s first Regenerative Farming Certificate (RFC) programs.   Across the country, the generational model of farm succession is becoming less and less prevalent. While there is a growing interest in careers in agriculture from a diverse group of new farmers, …

Regenerative Agriculture in the North

Kim Rapati

What if, instead of feeling like you had to leave the smallest possible footprint in this world, you realized you could become a tool for restoring landscapes, promoting life, and improving the soil? You can! At our farm campus in Hay River, Northwest Territories (NWT) we experience this first hand, with tangible, measurable results. The Northern Farm Training Institute (NFTI) …

Disturbed by Disturbance: A Response to Regeneration Canada’s Article on No-Till

Joanne Thiessen Martens

In her recent article entitled “How 30 years of no-till gets this farmer higher yields than average”, Ananda Fitzsimmons of Regeneration Canada highlights the many benefits of no-till farming. Avoiding physical disruption of the soil as much as possible through use of no-till and direct seeding methods is indeed a huge advance for agriculture. No-till contributes massively to reductions in …

How do the Regenerative Organic Standards compare to the Canadian Organic Standards?

Janine Gibson, Anne Macey, Stephanie Wells, and Joanne Thiessen Martens

The Regenerative Organic Alliance in the United States has launched a new framework for Regenerative Organic Certification (ROC) in that country and beyond. The ROC certification requires compliance to the US National Organic Program (or other countries’ programs deemed equivalent), but then takes the NOP standards a step further (see article on page x). ROC intends to promote holistic agriculture …

An existing copper bio-fungicide now approved for organic agriculture

The Canadian Organic Grower

Sponsored content. CUEVA copper fungicide (active: Copper Octanoate) has recently been approved by an organic certification organisation for use in organic agriculture. This has been made possible with the addition of the active ingredient copper octanoate to Table 4.3 of the Organic production systems – Permitted Substances Lists. Cueva, marketed by Engage Agro, is a fixed copper liquid fungicide concentrate. …

Understanding Organic Agriculture Through a Hydroponic Discussion

Andrew M. Hammermeister

First, my apologies for this lengthy treatise. I have pondered the interesting organic hydroponic discussion/debate for a while. Having studied soil science, I have a great attachment to soil and my first instinct is that soil-based production is the most ecologically consistent with organic, as would be suggested by our eminent pioneers of the movement.   I then step back to …

Why I Choose Certification

Jordan Marr

My relationship with organic certification has been kind of interesting. It began when I laboured on a certified organic beef operation in Nova Scotia. I was present during the annual inspection of the farm, and my employer brought me along to some of the committee meetings that his small certifying body required he attend. I also sat with him at …

Four Principles of Organic Agriculture

Shannon Jones

What do you say when someone asks you what Organic means? Or what have you heard? I’ll bet you’ve said or heard phrases like “no synthetic pesticides,” “increased animal welfare,” or “no GMOs.”   While these responses aren’t wrong, they don’t adequately describe the “spirit” of what organic means.  For decades, people from different backgrounds—farmers, eaters, scientists, politicians—and from different parts …