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Dear members and organic supporters,

This summer has been without fail a difficult one, with everyone across the province impacted by collective and individual challenges. As the rain falls here in Vernon, a relief to many as fire suppression efforts continue, we’re looking forward to September’s cooler nights and clearer days, and also to the many upcoming events, meetings and other happenings in our community and within our organization.

Organic Week is coming up, and we hope you have time to attend some of the events. If you didn’t get to listen to the podcasts we produced last winter, you’ll soon have the chance—we’ll be releasing them during Organic Week!

Planning for the BC Organic Conference is also well underway, and I am thankful to the very engaged conference committee for their efforts in creating both podcasts and an in-person conference. Want to get involved? See below for a conference volunteer opportunity.

We’re always looking for engagement, so if you'd like to volunteer for an event, join a committee, contribute your stories or share your time and skills in another way, please get in touch!

Eva-Lena Lang, Executive Director

2022 BC Organic Conference

Save the dates! The 2022 BC Organic Conference will be held in Kamloops over the weekend of Feb. 25 - 27! And, we're going to help you get geared up by releasing more amazing podcasts on January 15th.

Want to volunteer for the event? We're currently looking for one or two people to help out with the silent auction, an important fundraiser for Organic BC. If you're interested, please email Michelle at
events@organicbc.org.

Keep an eye on our BC Organic Conference page for more information as it becomes available.
BC Organic Conference page

Organic Week 2021

Join us on Sept. 13 – 19 as we celebrate Organic Week, Canada’s largest celebration of organic food, farming and products across the country! Here are a few things you can look forward to from Organic BC:
  • A free Cook-Along with Chef Randle, featuring BC organic food and agricultural insights from BC organic farmers Dion Wiebe and Molly Thurston. Register soon—space is limited.
  • Free access to 35+ podcasts spanning all aspects of food systems and organic farming in BC. These were originally only available to attendees of the 2021 BC Organic Conference, but we’re releasing them to the public during Organic Week.
And a few of the many events being hosted by Organic Week:
  • #OrganicChat with Paddy Doherty, a BC organic farmer
  • Free film screening of The Seeds of Vandana Shiva
  • Regenerative Agriculture Panel Discussion
View and register for all of Organic Week’s events on their Eventbrite page, and keep an eye on the @choosecanadaorganic Instagram page for the latest contests and announcements.

Organic BC Now a Member of Farmers for Climate Solutions

Organic BC is excited to join the Farmers for Climate Solutions (FCS) network. Farmers for Climate Solutions works alongside and supports organizations addressing climate change concerns in agriculture, and helps farmers mitigate and adapt to climate change.

Organic farmers have been leaders in many of the practices being adopted today and we look forward to further engaging to share solutions and build upon them.

 
Learn more about FCS

Health Canada Glyphosate Public Consultation - Paused

Due to backlash, Health Canada has paused proposed increases to Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs), including for glyphosate. As a result, there will be no increases to MRLs until at least spring 2022.

Thanks to everyone for standing up and sharing your concerns!
Learn more on our blog

Help Us Tell the Story of BC Organic

Now that we’ve settled into our new brand, we’re ready to explore all of its opportunities! We’ve recently been discussing the need to spread awareness of organic in the media—to touch on critical topics such as climate change and regenerative agriculture, and to more broadly share the definition of organic and why it’s important for our food, our communities, our health and our world. 

To help us amplify our message, we’d like to gather some stories from organic farmers around the province. If you’re interested in engaging, please reach out to us for more information at communications@organicbc.org.

 
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New Public Comment Period

The Organic Standards Interpretation Committee is seeking feedback on a range of topics, including strawberry planting stock, vegetable matter in livestock feed, palm oil, and more. You have until Sept. 27th to read over the questions and proposed answers and have your say!

Learn more at: organicfederation.ca

Launch of On-Farm Climate Action Fund

Minister Bibeau of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada announced the launch of the On-Farm Climate Action Fund. This fund includes support for three of the most promising practices that Farmers for Climate Solutions has identified, and prioritizes direct support to help farmers adopt these practices across millions of acres of farmland in Canada. Learn more.
 

Farmer ID Card


Looking for a quick and simple way to show you qualify for PST exemptions? Look no further! The BC Farmer ID Card is the only government recognized identification card for farmers in B.C. Plus, cardholders are eligible to receive exclusive discounts and savings with businesses like Mark’s, FenceFast, The Co-operators and many more!

Organic BC members save 50% off the cost of a Farmer ID Card. Apply today and save. Visit: bcac.ca/farmeridcard

 

New Manitoba Organic Check-off Fee


The Manitoba Government passed a new regulation designating the Manitoba Organic Alliance (MOA) under the Agricultural Producer Organization Funding Act as the organization to receive a new organic check-off fee on organic cereals, pulses and oilseeds. The fee supports research, extension, marketing and industry development to grow the organic grain sector. Learn more.
 

Reminder: Upcoming Agristability Deadline

The deadline to submit the following 2020 AgriStability forms is Sept. 30th, 2021:
  • T1273 Statement A-Harmonized AgriStability/AgriInvest Programs Information and Statement of Farming Activities for Individuals
  • Statement A-Corporations/Co-operatives and Special Individuals.
Forms are available at gov.bc.ca/AgriStability

Organic, Biodynamic, Regenerative – What’s Really Healthy for Our Soil?

Sept. 2, 2021 | Online

Join panelists for an exploration of these farming methods and how focusing on our soil health is driving a revolution in agriculture.
Learn more.

 
BX Farm Tour
Sept. 11 - Oct. 3, 2021 | Vernon

A self-guided, self-paced tour of the food, farms and sights of Vernon’s BX region! Featuring two organic farms. Learn more.
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Have some news to share? Get in touch with Stacey at: communications@organicbc.org
Feature photo credit: Fierce Love Farm. Other photo credits: Sweet Acres Farm, UBC Farm, Farmers for Climate Solutions, Marjorie Harris
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