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Submission Guidelines

The Canadian Organic Grower (TCOG) magazine depends heavily on volunteer submissions. We welcome articles from all parts of Canada and from COG members abroad.

We try to provide a variety of articles in each issue on topics of specific interest to farmers, market gardeners, home gardeners and consumers. We also consider articles on topics such as cooking, nutrition, environmental concerns and progress within the regenerative organic movement.


General Guidelines

Before you begin to write, please contact the editors to discuss the topic and length of your article.
Contact Janet Wallace at editor@cog.ca.

Most articles are 500 to 1500 words in length and tend to fall into the following categories:

  • Personal experiences, observations or techniques. We are looking for new and different ideas on growing and marketing.
  • Research and its results. From formal research conducted by universities, colleges and governments to simple experiments done by individuals at home, these informative articles can point out new directions for readers to move in or simply increase their understanding of organics.
  • How-to articles related to farming and gardening. Whether it’s your own experiences or an account of how an expert does things, all steps should be thoroughly explained, and diagrams/photos should be supplied where needed for clarity.
  • Profiles of growers, of operations or of well-known or important people in the organic movement. These almost always include new ideas or techniques for readers to try. We like to include at least one profile of a Canadian organic enterprise in each issue. These can be organic (or transitional) farms, processing plants, marketers or others.

Farm profiles require relevant information, either in the article body or in a sidebar, such as:

  • the subjects’ names
  • farm workers (number of part-time and full-time workers, apprentices, etc.)
  • location (including distance to the nearest city)
  • soil characteristics (e.g. type, drainage, depth)
  • climatic characteristics (e.g. frost-free days, rainfall, corn heat units)
  • livestock (breeds, numbers, etc.)
  • crop rotation (describe what is grown each year of a typical crop rotation,including green manure and overseeded crops)
  • certification status (if and when the farm was first certified and by which body
  • acreage

Make sure names are spelled correctly. Don’t get creative when quoting someone: if their exact words don’t fit into your article, paraphrase them, but make the original intent of the speaker clear to the reader.

Please note: COG’s editors and board of directors retain the right to edit, alter, or refute information that is either deemed incorrect or inappropriate in accordance with COG's publishing standards.