New Report Released Linking Organic Agriculture and Biodiversity
According to a new report published in the Journal of Applied Ecology, organic agriculture has advantages that extend far beyond our own health and wellness, benefiting wildlife, biodiversity, and whole ecosystems. Read it here.
Breaking bread at wide awake bakery in New York
“Bake and Taste” tests were recently carried out at the Wide Awake Bakery in Trumansburg, New York. The Regional Coordinator for Quebec, along with a local Quebec grain producer and miller, had the opportunity to attend and participate in the event. This project is a collaboration between Cornell University, the Organic Grains Research Information Network (OGRIN) and local farmers and bakers. The process, as well as the resulting information on varieties could prove very informative for our own eastern Canadian grain producers, bakers, millers, and researchers. To see a photo-narrative of the 3-day event, click here.
Organic plant breeding discussion
In 2013, The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security launched its participatory organic plant breeding project, focused on organic wheat, oats, maize, and potatoes. A year into this program, at the 2014 Guelph Organics Conference, we’re participating in a unique, in-depth discussion about the importance of breeding for the organic sector, and the benefits and challenges of on-farm applied research. Please join us and participate in the discussion on how to bring new organic varieties to the market.
Heritage grain workshop
The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security is teaming up with Everdale and the Ecological Farmers of Ontario to deliver a unique, day-long workshop on heritage grain production on a small scale. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to learn from three diversified small-scale grain producers as they share their best management practices and discuss how they are responding to the agronomic and economic challenges of growing diversified grains in ecological farming conditions. Click here for details.
The Greatest Story Never Told
National Director Jane Rabinowicz shares her thoughts on building seed security in Canada. Two years into working on The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security, she's shared her insights about how Canadian farmers and researchers are changing the seed scene nationally. Click here to access the article, published in the most recent issue of The Canadian Organic Grower.