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Dear members and organic supporters,

This past month, our members and community enjoyed Organic Week events, and many also participated in our in-person field day at Fresh Valley Farms. There was a great turnout and the agrologists were incredibly engaging. In case you missed the in-person field day, there will be virtual field days to look forward to in the New Year.

As we shift into fall routines and prepare for cooler days, I want to highlight a four-part workshop series offered by KinShift, starting tomorrow. In recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, there’s no time like the present to learn about and engage with Indigenous reconciliation. We hope to see you there!


~ Eva-Lena Lang, Executive Director
 

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

On September 30th, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Organic BC will be taking time out to recognize and reflect on our country’s past injustices, and the ongoing impacts they have on survivors, families and communities.

We encourage everyone to take this opportunity to listen, learn and grow. A good first step towards cultivating stronger relationships with Indigenous peoples and places is online training from KinShift. Young Agrarians has received funds to subsidize the cost of this 4-week workshops series, beginning Sept. 30th, for BC farmers.

 
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Have You Read Our New Market Report?

British Columbia’s organic market is thriving! Dig into stats on the high demand for organic products, plus consumer trends and opportunities, in our new report and accompanying media release, The Organic Market - British Columbia 2021.

Plus, check out coverage of BC's flourishing organic sector, with data from our market report, in Country Life in BC.

Funding for this report has been provided by the Governments of Canada and British Columbia through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.

 
Read the report

That's a Wrap on Organic Week

Thanks to everyone for coming out to our events, entering our giveaway, engaging with the many happenings around the country, and for spreading the word. We loved seeing all the powerful posts about why you choose organic—keep ‘em coming!

Missed some of the events?
And don’t forget, you can stay connected to organics in BC 24/7/365 at our website, organicbc.org.

Image: Speakers Percy Folkard and Greg Tegart at our September Field Day at Fresh Valley Farms.

 
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Update on CFIA's Proposal to Deregulate GMOs

Big news: Ottawa has backed down on the “voluntary transparency” of new GMOs to ensure the integrity of organic certifications.

The proposal for new Canadian GMO regulations has been sowing controversy since earlier this month, when Radio-Canada revealed that the agrochemical lobby participated in its development.

 
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How Has Organic Research Helped You?

The Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada is conducting an Organic Science Impact Analysis project to study how organic research has helped organic producers, with focus group discussions running until the end of the year. The results will aid in the design and implementation of organic science research projects and extension resources.

Registration links:

Grain producers https://surveys.dal.ca/opinio/s?s=69469
 
Fruit/horticulture producers: https://surveys.dal.ca/opinio/s?s=69443
 
Livestock producers: https://surveys.dal.ca/opinio/s?s=69444

Mental Health Workshops

AgSafe BC presents IN THE KNOW, a free, 4-hour workshop on mental health literacy for farmers and the agricultural community. Register for this virtual event, with many sessions available, here.

One of the co-developers of this program, Dr. Briana Hagen, was a speaker at last year's BC Organic Conference. Visit our conference page for a look back at her presentation, plus links to additional resources on supporting farmer mental health.

 

50 Years of IFOAM-Organics International

IFOAM's 50th Anniversary Conference will take place from October 1 - 3,  2022, and will celebrate organic achievements, reflect on challenges and discuss the future of organic. Pioneers who have accompanied IFOAM for many years will be joined by youth leaders, currently spearheading change, to share experiences, insight and expertise.

The event will be streamed live on Facebook, so you can watch from home! Learn more here.

BCCAF Applications Now Open

The BC Climate Agri-Solutions Fund (BCCAF) is accepting applications until Oct. 14, 2022. The program's objective is to support farmers in adopting beneficial management practices (BMPs) that store carbon and reduce greenhouse gases, specifically in the areas of nitrogen management, cover cropping and rotational grazing. Learn more and apply.
Fraser Valley Field Day: Cover Cropping
Oct. 5, 2022| Langley, BC

An in-person field day geared toward all BC farmers interested in learning more about cover cropping in agriculture. More details.

Land Social & Tool School at Linden Lane Farms

Oct. 23, 2022 | Krestova, BC

If you’re curious about what land matching and sharing is all about, as well as affordable tool rentals available, join Young Agrarians for this event! More details.
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Have some news to share? Get in touch with Stacey at: communications@organicbc.org
Feature photo: Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse, taken by Kristen Buchholtz (@slowsundays.photo). Other image credits: Scorched Earth Winery, IFOAM-Organics International
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