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Dear members and organic supporters,

How is it the middle of summer already? These past few months have been a whirlwind of activity as we continue to work on the Organic BC review project, along with the many other happenings in our organization and our community. 

Earlier this week, I drove back from Vancouver after meeting with Minister Popham’s newly appointed Advisory Group on Regenerative Agriculture and Agritech (RAA). I am grateful to have been invited onto the committee to advise the Ministry in building a strong BC food system, and am incredibly excited to work with two mentors and friends on the committee, Tristan Banwell from Spray Creek Ranch (and NOOA member), and Abra Brynne, long-time food systems advocate (who is also engaged with KOGS). For more about the advisory committee please see this news release.

Enjoy the e-news, and please note the funding opportunities.


Eva-Lena Lang, Executive Director
 

Update on the Organic BC Review Project

Last week, members of our community met in person (after diligently participating in Zoom meetings over many months) to deliberate some of the decisions presented in their working groups and finalize recommendations that will be presented to the Organic BC board.

I am grateful for their participation and insight, and am also thankful to Forstbauer Farm for donating produce, Eatmore Sprouts for donating various sprouts, Curlew Orchard for hosting us, and Crannog Ales and BX Cidery for donating bevvies for a well-earned drink and a chance to enjoy this incredible network we are part of.

Just Landed: Summer 2022 Issue of the BC Organic Grower

The latest issue of the BC Organic Grower has arrived! In this issue:
  • Organic Stories: OMRI
  • Food Forest Conversion
  • Organic Funding Cuts
  • A Climate-Changed Food Future
  • Greywater: An Untapped Resource
  • And other must-read articles, updates and news
If you're subscribed to the digital edition, don't forget to check your inbox for the download link, which we sent out on Monday, June 20th. Don't see it? Check your spam folder in case it landed there by accident and mark it as "safe."

If you chose a paper copy, it will arrive in your mailbox soon (if not already).

Questions about your subscription? Please contact Kristy at admin@organicbc.org.

Ambitious Roadmap for Emissions Reduction and Resilience in the Next APF

If Canada is to meet its climate targets, concrete and immediate action on climate change must be a part of the next 5-year Agricultural Policy Framework (APF). That’s why Farmers for Climate Solutions (FCS) has developed a roadmap to a 14% reduction in ag climate emissions in Canada by 2028.

Provincial, territorial and federal governments meet on July 20 to finalize the next APF. As a member of the FCS coalition, join us and FCS and let governments know that this roadmap to climate emissions reduction is key to reaching climate targets!
 
How to take action:

Farmers, supporters and members of the public can join the letter-writing campaign, calling on their Provincial Agriculture Minister to back FCS’ APF recommendations at the next FPT multilateral agreement meeting. Visit farmersforclimatesolutions.ca/apf/#action for inspiration and pre-written letters (add your personal experiences to increase impact), plus other ways to get involved.

 
Take action

Reminder: Funding Deadline Approaching for Those Impacted by November Floods

Funding alert for Organic BC operators affected by the November floods! The BC Agriculture Council Fund for Farmers has reached nearly $800,000. All donations collected by BCAC were channeled to their member organizations, including Organic BC, who have been working with producers to identify funding gaps after insurance, government programs and other humanitarian efforts.

If you're an Organic BC operator and were impacted by the November floods, learn how to apply for funding at the link below! The deadline to apply for financial assistance is July 8, 2022.

 
Learn more

Wanted: Your Best Organic Farming Hacks

We know organic farmers are an inventive bunch, so we're asking: Do you have a farm hack to share? Or maybe a neat experiment you're working on? We'd love to see what you've come up with and share it with our community.

Post your hacks on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and tag @thisisorganicbc, or send your photos and details to Stacey at communications@organicbc.org and we'll share them for you!

 
Email Stacey

New Canadian Organic Standards Public Comment Period

This round of questions raised by organic stakeholders includes topics such as: planting stock for sweet potato, management of organic breeding stock, silicon fertilizer, and more. Feedback from certification verification bodies, certifying bodies, operators and other organic stakeholders is encouraged.

View all questions and proposed answers here.

BCAC Media Releases

In case you missed them, the latest media releases from the BC Agriculture Council are definitely worth checking out:

On-Farm Climate Action Fund (OFCAF)

Earlier this year, the federal government announced the launch of the On-Farm Climate Action Fund. The Fund provides up to $182.7 million in federal funding to support farmers in adopting Beneficial Management Practices that store carbon and reduce greenhouse gases in the areas of:
  • Nitrogen Management
  • Cover cropping
  • Rotational grazing
The funding is being delivered by 12 recipient organizations, including:

Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC via the BC Climate Agri-Solutions Fund. Applications are now being accepted until July 14, 2022. To learn more and apply, visit bccaf.ca.

ECOCERT Canada - Specifically aimed at certified organic farmers in Canada. Applications are now being accepting until July 15, 2022. Review this PDF for full details, and apply online here.
Islands Agriculture Show
July 6 - 7, 2022 | Duncan, BC

The largest agriculture tradeshow on Vancouver Island, bringing farmers, service providers, equipment dealers and the general public together to educate and share the latest ideas and farming technology. More details.

Land Social and Farm Tour at Similkameen Nurseries

July 10, 2022 | Keremeos, BC

If you’re curious about what land matching and sharing is all about – or just want to check out what your local farmers are up to – check out this Young Agrarians event. More details.
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Have some news to share? Get in touch with Stacey at: communications@organicbc.org
Feature photo credit: Hartwood North Farm. Other image credits: Brody Irvine, Niklaus Forstbauer, Farmers for Climate Solutions
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