Support for Farmers to convert to Organic Farming announced in Wales

Farmers who are converting or who plan to convert to Organic Farming can
now apply for support from the Welsh Government. For more on this story, visit:

Help grow Canada ’s Organic Sector
Please voice your opinion by October 7, 2011
OTTAWA, September 22, 2011 Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada ’s Organic Value Chain Roundtable (OVCRT) has formed a task force to brand the Canadian organic sector. This brand initiative will help identity the sector’s attributes in an effort to differentiate it from competing industries, and strengthen and grow the sector within Canada .
The OVCRT would like to solicit input from organic stakeholders on what communication tools are necessary to improve the organic sector. It has developed an online survey to capture the different needs and challenges facing this diverse group. Data from this survey will help establish a marketing and communication plan for the organic sector that fits the needs of its various constituents.
The OVCRT is requesting members of the organic sector to participate in this 15-minute survey, as their responses are invaluable to the branding process and essential to improving and growing the organic industry in Canada . We appreciate your immediate response to this survey, which ends on October 7, 2011.
We encourage you to distribute this survey to your members and post the links on your website to make this study as inclusive as possible.
Survey Link:
The anonymous survey can be found here:
English version:
French version:
For more information please contact:
Dennis Doermer
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Jean-Pierre Lacroix
Shikatani Lacroix Inc.
About the Organic Value Chain Roundtable (OVCRT) The OVCRT was launched in 2006 to build a shared understanding of its competitive position in the marketplace, create consensus on how to improve it, and put plans into action. Its members represent a wide cross section of the Canadian organic sector including producers, processors, distributors, retailers and exporters.

After decades of experimenting with seed varieties, working on soil fertility, testing methods of growing both inside greenhouses and out, advising countless people on everything organic, creating value-added products (like micro greens and edible flowers), and providing fresh, healthy produce for many families, the Rabinowitz’ and their Organic Farm operation will be the focus of a CBC Television special this weekend.

It is bound to be informative, fun, celebratory. I have no details on exact date or time – so keep your ears tuned.


Grown Right Here: The Value of Local Food

A Free Pippy Park Public Lecture

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011 at 7:30 PM at The Rocket Room (3rd floor at The Rocket Bakery, 272 Water St., St. John’s, NL)

See attached poster fPippy Park Lecture May 10, 2011or details.

CROWN LAND for AGRICULTURAL LEASE (Land Consolidation Program)

Interested in getting farm land in eastern Newfoundland? DNR has a call for proposals from: existing commercial farmers, part-time commercial farmers, or new farmers in need of additional land to operate and develop for agricultural purposes.

Where? Grants Pit Area between Gambo and Traytown.

More information? contact Secretary Regional Selection Committee, DNR, tel: 709-256-1043

When? Proposals must be received by MAY 2, 2011, 4:30pm


What: Call for expressions of interest for Foundation Board Members

Who: O’Brien Farm Foundation is a NFP, newly formed foundation. Seeking individuals who have expertise in fundraising, organic and heritage farming, heritage building conservation, and educational programming.

When: Send expression of interest with a resume on or before April 30, 2011 to:

Sharon D. Pippy, c/0 O’Brien Farm Foundation, 15 Mount Scio Rd, P.O. Box 8861, St. John’s, NL A1B 3T2


And now…. the money: FARM GRANTS – Helping Farmers Harvest Money

for list of grants available to farmers, visit this wiki site created by ACORN (Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network) :

coming soon…. what local & organic farmers will be growing this summer for you

All the best for the season. And remember, if you have a question related to organic farming or growing in Newfoundland & Labrador, drop us a line, leave a message. That’s what we’re here for.