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Dear members and organic supporters,

Fall is well underway and it’s been such a relief. We’ve been able to focus our efforts on planning, as well as taking part in some events with the help of our amazing volunteers. The work we do at Organic BC would not be possible without our dedicated volunteers
—it really is a strong community.

Last night, Organic BC was on the RegenBC Conference stage. Our co-president, Heather Stretch, introduced keynote Gabe Brown, while co-president Niklaus Forstbauer, his father Hans and brother Travis (BCARA director), were featured in a three minute video, sharing their story, their principles and the incredible work they do on their family farm in Chilliwack. Tristan Banwell of Spray Creek Ranch and I concluded the presentation portion of the evening by speaking about Organic BC and the strength of the organic sector, including sharing the success stories of Spray Creek Ranch, Wild Flight Farm and Covert Family Farm.

And below, you can learn more about the organic operators that kindly volunteered their time for the Organic Week Cook-Along.

As I prepared for the RegenBC presentation, I spoke to a few farmers and received some updates about the labour challenges they faced this summer. I am meeting with the Ministry to discuss labour challenges in the organic sector and am looking for more feedback. What concerns, challenges, and successes do you have in respect to finding and retaining employees?

And lastly, in order to observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Organic BC will be closed September 30th. We encourage everyone to use this day as an opportunity to learn, reflect, make connections, and take action in addressing more than 150 years of injustice.

Eva-Lena Lang, Executive Director

Organic BC Podcast Release

In celebration of Organic Week earlier this month, we released the Organic BC podcast to the public!

Originally only available to attendees of the 2021 BC Organic Conference, our podcast features conversations by and for BC's organic food and farming community, with farmers, eaters, academics, scientists and authors speaking about the philosophy, practice, and politics of organic food. We've released 5 episodes, with more to follow in the coming weeks.
Have a listen

Organic BC is Hiring

We're looking for a Technical Advisor and Lead Auditor to support the work of the Accreditation Board. This includes conducting document reviews and audits of our certification bodies to ensure compliance with our accreditation programs.

This is a remote, contract position with approximately 150 hours per year.
More details

Organic BC in Country Life in BC

Be sure to check out the September issue of Country Life in BC! This issue includes a submission from our Executive Director, Eva-Lena Lang, that touches on the role organic agriculture plays in helping us transition to a more sustainable world, including how organic practices can reduce greenhouse gases, sequester carbon, and increase farmers’ resilience to climate change.

We Need Your Input!

Now that we've settled into our brand, we're ready to start thinking about Organic BC merchandise!

We want to know: What kinds of sustainably-sourced, branded goods would you like to see in our online store? We'll be sure to stock t-shirts, but what else would you be interested in wearing or using? Please send your ideas to Stacey at communications@organicbc.org. (Please note: The above graphics aren't actual designs—just inspiration!)

 
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What Did You Think of the Latest BC Organic Grower?

The Fall 2021 issue of the BC Organic Grower hit mailboxes—and inboxes—earlier this month. It featured a fresh, new look and a digital subscription option.

Now we want to know: What did you think? We appreciate and love your feedback, so if you have comments, suggestions or questions, we want to hear from you! Please send your thoughts to Stacey at communications@organicbc.org.
Share your thoughts

Recording: Cook-Along BC Event

The September 15th BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation and We Heart Local BC #CookAlongBC event was a fun evening learning about food from farm to fork, including some great organic insights and prizes.

A big thanks to everyone involved, including Molly Thurston of Claremont Ranch Organics and Dion Wiebe of Rossdown Farms & Natural Foods, and Summerhill Pyramid Winery for donating wine on our behalf for the prize baskets.

Missed the event? You can find a recording below!

 
Watch the Cook-ALong

Survey on Impact of Organic Agriculture on Climate Change

Dr. Peter Tyedmers of Dalhousie University is conducting research on the potential impact of organic field crop production on climate. Dr. Tyedmers and the Organic Federation of Canada are offering $50 to farmers who contribute data to this research project. Get the details here and take the survey here.

IOIA Scholarships for Organic Inspector Training

Did you know that IOIA offers scholarships? The Rutherford Award provides full tuition for an IOIA-sponsored organic inspector training course, and the Organic Community Initiative Scholarship provides full tuition for IOIA-sponsored basic organic inspector training.The deadline for applications is Oct. 15th. More details.

Support Organic Change Fund

Rolling applications are now being accepted for the 2021 Support Organic Change Fund, which covers organic certification and consultation expenses, up to a maximum reimbursement of $1,000. To qualify, farmers must be in their pre-certification phase, or increasing their acreage on an already certified farm (or adding livestock operations). More details (PDF).

IAF Announces Farmland Advantage: Projects Being Chosen in Select Regions


The Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC (IAF) is pleased to be delivering the Farmland Advantage program to support BC farmers and ranchers with improving ecosystem goods and services on their land. More details.
 

2021 Canada – British Columbia Wildfire and Drought Recovery Initiative

This program provides assistance to agriculture producers to help offset the extraordinary costs required to return to production. It's particularly valuable for livestock producers who require some flexibility in managing the difficult conditions they are currently facing. More details.

Hazelnut Renewal Program Now Open

This program is a cost-sharing funding program which is intended to revitalize, regenerate and increase the competitiveness of the BC hazelnut industry in local and global markets. Please visit the Hazelnut Renewal Program website for full details and requirements.
Congrats to Summerhill Pyramid Winery: Their 2020 Estate Grown Biodynamic Muscat was awarded gold and named in the top 10 wines of the competition at the 2021 Muscats du Monde in France!
Be sure to check out the Fall issue of Edible Vancouver Island for a feature on the importance of local seed, with words from (and nods to) many organic seed growers on Vancouver Island, including Seeds of the Revolution, a Vancouver Island seed company run by Saanich Organics, Amara Farm, BC Eco Seed Co-op, Full Circle Seeds, Rebecca's Garden, and Good Earth Farms.

Land Social at Lohbrunner Community Farm Co-op

Oct. 3, 2021 | Langford, BC

If you’re curious about what land matching and sharing is all about – or just want to check out what your local farmers and farm interns are up to – this event is for you.
Learn more.

 
2022 BC Organic Conference
Feb. 25 - Feb. 27, 2021 | Kamloops

The organic sector event of the year! It's a chance to visit with current and future leaders in the BC organic sector, exchange ideas, eat amazing meals, learn from experts, and return home inspired by our incredible community before the growing season kicks into high gear. Learn more.
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Have some news to share? Get in touch with Stacey at: communications@organicbc.org
Feature photo credit: Snowy Mountain Farm. Other photo credits: Marjorie Harris, North Okanagan Organic Association, SK Basu
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