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Dear members and organic supporters,

It's finally beginning to feel like summer after a delayed start to the season! With fresh fruit, berries and all sorts of local vegetables now available, the farmers markets are buzzing and folks in BC have a great opportunity to eat some amazing local food.

For most of us farmers, we've finally managed to get our seeds in the ground. The cycle of planning, preparing and planting is turning over and we're stepping into the busy harvest where we can enjoy the fruits of our labour. The days are getting shorter and fall is right around the corner! 

Our staff and leaders at Organic BC have been busy over the last several months connecting with farmers, consumers and government, working towards strengthening organics in the province. And as you'll read, field days and podcasts are in the planning stages, and we're even thinking ahead to our next conference.

Farmers, in this busy time of year remember to take a deep breath and be mindful of the wonders of nature. Enjoy your work, family, friends and, of course, delicious food!


Niklaus Forstbauer, Organic BC President
 

Organic BC’S Virtual Field Day and Podcast Series

This year Organic BC is heading up a project highlighting innovative and regenerative agricultural practices producers are using to improve soil health and general resiliency in their operations. The series is designed to be accessible and transferable, with knowledge that can be easily adopted by anyone. There will be a 12-part podcast series as well as six virtual field days and one in-person field day held in September.

Focus will be on rotational grazing, nitrogen management, no-till practices, cover cropping and more. Some of the producers we are highlighting include Helmer's Organic Farm, Ice Cap Organics, Spray Creek Ranch, Fresh Valley Farms and Tatlo Road Farm.

The series will be available to all in early 2023. There will also be an in-person film screening of all the virtual field days and an online farmer-to-farmer discussion session held later in the fall. Watch this space for dates and access to the different aspects of this project as they become available.

Organic Representation on BCAC Board of Directors

Congrats to Organic BC President Niklaus Forstbauer on being voted in as BC Agriculture Council Vice President, representing organics.

Also pictured: BCAC Executive Director Danielle Synotte along with organic producers Stan Vander Waal (BCAC President, Agrivero Farms) and Peter Simonson (BCAC Director, Northern Lights Orchard).

Have You Read the Latest Issue of Organic Science Canada Magazine?

Organic Science Canada magazine is packed with the latest advancements in organic research and innovation from the Organic Science Cluster, plus trends, news and results from across Canada. The scientists who appear in these pages are working hard to improve the sustainability and profitability of organic and low-input agricultural systems.

Read the Spring 2022 issue online!

 

Agricultural Policy Framework (APF) Campaign

Farmers for Climate Solutions (FCS) thanks everyone for their continued support of their APF campaign! The Federal, Provincial and Territorial (FPT) Ministers are meeting now in Saskatoon to negotiate the next APF.

FCS is still encouraging everyone to send in letters to their provincial agriculture ministers, and they'll be monitoring the meeting and sharing information on their Twitter account.

Extreme Weather Preparedness for Agriculture Program

This new pilot program will help BC farmers and ranchers increase their preparedness and resilience to wildfires, flooding and extreme heat events. Eligible applicants can access up to $35K in cost-shared funding for the first intake of the program, to be put towards risk assessments and infrastructure upgrades on their farms. Applications open on July 25th! Full program details here.

Consultation: National Agricultural Labour Strategy

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) is developing a sector-specific strategy to address chronic labour shortages in farming and food processing. To help AAFC develop solutions that consider unique regional and sub-sector concerns, a public consultation is underway until Sept. 28, 2022. Learn how to get involved here.

Beneficial Management Practices Program Will Be Accepting New Applications

This summer, BC farmers and ranchers will have additional opportunities to fund on-farm upgrades to mitigate risks identified in the farm-specific Environmental Farm Plans (EFPs). The $70,000 Farm Cap has been lifted for this intake. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to participate in the on-farm cost-shared incentive program. To be eligible to apply, you must have a valid Environmental Farm Plan (EFP).

For details and to learn how to apply, visit: iafbc.ca/bmp

 
Land Social at Pilgrims' Produce
August 7, 2022| Armstrong, BC

Young Agrarians invites you to an outdoor Land Social and Farm Tour at Pilgrims’ Produce – with local live musicians Root and Strings. 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 and enjoy some live music, join the event.
More details.

Organic Week 2022

Online and In-Person | Across Canada

The largest annual celebration of organic food, farming and products across the country! More details.
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Have some news to share? Get in touch with Stacey at: communications@organicbc.org
Feature photo: Ice Cap Farms. Other image credits: Helmer's Organic Farm, Farmers for Climate Solutions
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