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Date: January 25, 2016
Titre: Agenda - Annual General Assembly of OFC
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Come to meet with the OFC Board of Directors!

Annual General Meeting of the
Organic Federation of Canada

 

Friday, January 29th 2016, 2 pm to 4 pm, EST

at the Pinetree Room B,
Royal Brock Hotel –Best Western, 716 Gordon St, Guelph, ON

 

Click here to read the AGM Agenda

Date: January 15, 2016
Titre: InfoBio January 15 2016
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Standards Interpretation Committee

New comment period - January 15 to February 15 2016

 

Two new videos

Organic producers engaging in research and innovation 

 

Invitation to OFC AGM - January 29 2016

 

Click here to read more

Date: January 7, 2016
Titre: Notice of Meeting - OFC AGM
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INVITATION!

 

The Organic Federation of Canada will hold its Annual General Meeting

Friday, January 29th 2016, from 2:00 to 4:00 EST, à Guelph

AGM Panel
A 1-hour panel discussion with audience participation

TOPIC: Sustaining the Organic Sector in Canada

 

Click here to read more.

Date: December 10, 2015
Titre: Special series - Short Films
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Organic producers engaging in research and innovation

The Organic Science Cluster II (OSCII) is completing its 3rd year of activities, with 37 research activities in progress across Canada in organic agriculture and processing.

To inform the organic sector about the OSCII activities, the OFC and OACC have created 8 short films that present organic producers engaged in research and innovation in close cooperation with OSCII researchers.

Organic flowers good for the environment

Frank Zyromski Greenhouses, located at Rivière Rouge (Quebec), is experimenting with the organic production of ornamental flowers. Nicolas Zyromski describes how they are investigating LED lighting to obtain high quality, organically certified cuttings and potted flowering plants under the leadership of Martine Dorais, an AAFC researcher.

Silicon, a valuable fungicide

At the Fraises de l’Île d’Orléans, Michel Gauthier, Research and Development Manager, explains how the absorption of silicon (Si) by strawberries can provide protection against a number of biotic stresses, and is often as effective as a fungicides, iIn cooperation with Richard Bélanger (Laval University) and Martine Dorais (AAFC).

Searching for the best fertilization and lighting for the production of greenhouse vegetables,      

Julie Lefort cooperates in a research activity led by Martine Dorais, researcher at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, alongside researchers at Laval University. Fertilization and lighting trials with scientific monitoring have become part of their daily routine.

Organic and nutraceutical hops,   

To improve their production, Jean and Guillaume Gosselin are cooperating with a team a of researchers led by Martine Dorais, a researcher with AAFC; they describe how this research impacts their production of hops, a giant plant that reaches over 6 meters within 30 days.

Enjoy!

 

Date: November 25, 2015
Titre: InfoBio November 2015
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The 2015 Canadian Organic Standards have been published!

Link to Organic Principles and Management Standards: 

http://www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/ongc-cgsb/programme-program/normes-standards/internet/bio-org/pgng-gpms-eng.html

 

Link to Permitted Substances lists -

http://www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/ongc-cgsb/programme-program/normes-standards/internet/bio-org/lsp-psl-eng.html

 

This revised standard will guide the production and preparation of organic food in Canada until 2020! Certified operators have a full year to come into compliance with the revised standard.

 

Click here  to read all the interviews and comments presented in InfoBio!

 

Interpretation of the Canadian Organic Standards

The Canadian Standards Interpretation Committee answers your questions.

 

Click here to see the answers provided by the Committee to questions raised by the organic sector.

 

Do you want to address a question to the Committee? Follow the link.

Canadian Organic Inputs Directory

OrganicInputs.ca

OFC has launched the Canadian Organic Inputs Directory (COID).

Visit the site now and give it a try!

Manufacturers of inputs suitable for organic agriculture can contact us to find out how to get their product listed.

The Canadian Organic Input Directory is being administered by Peppersoft Inc.

(A French version of the site is coming soon)

On our blog

Date: October 30, 2014
Title: TO CERTIFY OR NOT TO CERTIFY: THE PERSPECTIVE OF SMALL-SCALE ORGANIC FARMERS
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Local + organic -  A win-win situation for growers, consumers and the environment.

Small-scale organic farmers represent the face of the Canadian organic industry—at the farmers’ market, CSA drop-off and at the restaurant back door. Many of these farmers, however, are not certified organic.

 

The Working Group on Small Scale Organic Certification has drafted two organic certification models that aim to be attainable for a small-scale producer focusing mainly on direct sales (farm-gate, CSA, farmer’s market, etc.): the Peer Certification Model and the Organic Affidavit model. 

 

What do you perceive to be the strengths and/or weaknesses of these models? Which would be more appropriate for your farm?  Should either model include random third-party inspections—and if so, to what extent?

Share your perspective on OFC's Blog!

Date: September 28, 2012
Title: PROTECT ORGANIC AGRICULTURE
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How to Prevent and Manage
GMO Contamination Risks

Today, the OFC invites you to voice your concerns and share your opinions about how to prevent and manage GMO contamination risks.

 

Do you have GMO contamination issues or concerns on your own organic operation? What would help you prevent and mitigate GMO contamination?
The OFC Blog is ready to collect your thoughts.

 

 

Let us know what you think should be the next step taken to help protect the integrity of organic products and Canada’s pristine natural environments!

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