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Spring has sprung! Wherever you are in Canada, the TCOG team hopes you are able to find a bit of relief as you breathe in the fresh spring air, enjoy the chirping birds, see the earthworms as you work the soil, and benefit from longer and warmer days.
With the current health crisis in our world, it’s a comfort to know that spring, and all of its rebirth, still comes, year after year. As some of us find ourselves with more time on our hands than usual, we’re pleased to bring you an exciting issue of The Canadian Organic Grower.
On the cover, we’ve showcased Canada’s largest green roof, located atop the Vancouver Convention Centre. Elizabeth James writes about green roofs and rooftop gardens, an important trend we hope to see more of in the coming years!
An excerpt from COG’s The Organic Backyard explains how to attract beneficial insects and organisms that will help your garden thrive.
We’ve also included articles about no-till farming in Quebec, and about a Manitoba CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) that connects small organic farmers to their local communities.
To add some international perspective, we’ve included an article about natural farming in Korea, as well as the story of an Iranian immigrant who farms on PEI.
This issue also contains some important sector-wide updates regarding the COVID-19 situation: one from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency regarding inspections and audits during this time, and one about how the ACA and the IOIA are developing timelines and solutions to ensure that organic integrity is maintained.
In addition, we’ve included a reminder of the new federal requirements for fruits and vegetables that came into effect back in January, under the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations.
And finally, we share some helpful information on how to identify and deal with poison ivy, mildews, Canada thistle and quackgrass. No farmer or gardener is immune to these pesky challenges!
We’re sure you’ll enjoy this issue.
Good luck to all the farmers and gardeners this season! We hope everyone stays as healthy as possible during this time.