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Society for Biodynamic Farming and Gardening in Ontario Holds it’s AGM

AGM in Armow Saturday April 5

Date: Saturday, April 5, 2014
Time: 9:00am to 5:00 pm
Place: Armow Community Centre
810 Concession 7 Kincardine
(junction of sideroad 15)
Armow, Ontario

The morning program is dedicated to election of officers and reports from various committees. After our business in the morning, we will feature Jodi Koberinski of the Organic Council of Ontario. Jodi travelled to India last year to visit Vandana Shiva at her Seed Saving Conference, and visited local farms, including biodynamic operations. Regarding her slide presentation, Jodi wrote:

“In 2012, I was invited by Dr. Vandana Shiva to take part in the Bhoomi Conference at the Navdanya Institute- a seed saving farm and centre for education in Dehra Dun, India. As part of the course work following the October 2012 conference, a group of international students traveled to a biodynamic mango farm in India to learn about biodynamic approaches in indian agriculture. I will bring slides and stories from my trip, as well as information from colleagues I met on the farms in India. My background is in policy and food processing and marketing, and my presentation will centre on my perspectives as a consumer and advocate, rather than as an agronomist or practicing farmer.”

Jodi’s presentation will be followed by lunch, generously provided by the Hack families. We are asked to bring a dessert or a salad to go with homemade soup and bread. It would be nice for everyone to bring their own dishes and cutlery.The cost of the lunch is by donation.
In the afternoon, Chris Boettcher will present the latest trends out of Europe in biodynamic practices. The AGM will be a great forum to share your own on-farm experiences, and to hear about those of other members. Very thought-provoking, and sure to create food for discussion.
Preparations will be available at this meeting, for a donation. We are blessed to have dedicated prep makers who come together as communities to make the preparations in a consciously reverent manner, so that we who garden and farm biodynamically can carry out our work of partnering with the Earth. Please remember the sacredness of the preparations and the generosity of all the kingdoms when you make your donation. A tax receipt will be issued for donations of $20.00 or more.

This is a single weblog entry, posted on March 24th, 2014. Comment here »


Mike Shreiner to Speak About Food Security in Ottawa


Greetings, Ottawa West – Nepean Greens!

On Tuesday, the Eighteenth of March the leader of the Green Party of Ontario, Mike Schreiner, will be giving a talk on food security near the University of Ottawa campus. The event is being organised by the uOttawa Greens, and will commence at 7.30 p.m. in the basement of the Royal Oak Pub at 161 Laurier Avenue East. Admission is free, and all are welcome to attend. Individuals are encouraged to bring questions about food security, farming, and water conservation for Mike to answer. This is a great opportunity for party members as well as prospective supporters to meet the Green Party leader, learn about the politics of food, and familiarise themselves with Green Party policy in anticipation of a provincial election in the spring. For further details please visit the Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/535908526524705 or contact me. I look forward to seeing on the 18 March at 7.30 p.m.!

Best Regards,

Melanie RansomPresident, Ottawa West – Nepean Greens

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This is a single weblog entry, posted on March 12th, 2014. Comment here »


Eco Farm Day 2014

CORNWALL, ON, January 23, 2014 – The organic sector continues to grow steadily, with sales reaching nearly $3 billion in 2012. Recent news reports about pesticide residues found in organic produce have sparked a wider conversation about what organic agriculture has to offer to safety-conscious consumers seeking healthy food for their families.  This conversation is welcomed by those in the organic industry as an opportunity to highlight the real and proven reasons to choose organic food at the grocery store.  It is also a call to action – it is more important than ever for farmers to produce the healthy organic food that consumers continue to demand.
Canadian Organic Growers, Ottawa – St. Lawrence – Outaouais Chapter (COG OSO) presents Eco Farm Day 2014, the annual farming conference dedicated to enabling farmers to achieve agricultural, environmental and economic success on their farms using organic methods.  This year’s theme is titled “Getting to the Roots: Successful Organic Farming” and is designed to provide useful and practical information for experienced organic producers as well as those interested in applying organic methods on their farms.  The program will include researchers, farmers, and the audience in interactive sessions on livestock, field crop, and market farm production.
COG OSO is excited to be working this year with other regional organizations that are sponsoring portions of the program:

–       Organic Meadow is presenting forage specialist Guy Forand, an expert in profitable forage production for field crop rotations, and Dr. Susan Beal, a holistic veterinarian who will discuss organic herd health management.

–          From the University of Guelph’s Alfred Campus, we welcome Drs. Renée Bergeron and Eva Vasseur on organic animal welfare, and Dr. Peter Kevan on promoting pollinators for organic field crops.

–        Ecological Farmers of Ontario are assembling a market grower panel on the planning tools and methods available for improving profitability; panelists include Jean-Martin Fortier (Les Jardins de la Grelinette), Ian Stutt (Patchwork Gardens), and Tim Noxon (Vicki’s Veggies).

         The Organic Council of Ontario is presenting Jodi Koberinski on communicating the health benefits of organic food to the public.

        The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security is presenting a session on the considerations for growing heritage grain varieties.

Other program highlights include:

     Matt Holmes of the Canadian Organic Trade Association on the organic market outlook and a response to recent press on organics and pesticide residues

     An in-depth session with Jean-Martin Fortier, author of “le jardinier-maraîcher” on building a successful market farming business on small acreage using bio-intensive methods.

     Ken Taylor on choosing and developing perennial genetics for agroforestry

     A screening of the new National Film Board documentary Island Green, which examines the push to transition Prince Edward Island completely organic.

Eco Farm Day is an excellent networking opportunity, with a trade show exhibiting associations, farm inputs and equipment, marketing companies, and farm produce.  Our program is designed to provide opportunity to interact with presenters, panelists, and other audience members.
This year’s event will take place on February 22, 2014, at the Ramada Inn on Brookdale Ave in Cornwall, ON.  Doors will open at 8 AM and the program will run from 9 AM until 4 PM.  The registration fee for the event, including an organic lunch, is $50 by February 10th, or $60 at the door.  A $10 discount is available with membership in Canadian Organic Growers or Organic Meadow.
For more information and program details as they are confirmed, visit the Eco Farm Day 2014 website at www.ecofarmday.ca.
About Canadian Organic Growers, Ottawa – St. Lawrence – Outaouais (COG OSO): Our mission is to lead local and national communities towards sustainable organic stewardship of land, food and fibre while respecting nature, upholding social justice and protecting natural resources.  Over the last 30 years we have been delivering programs and services for farmers, gardeners, educators, and folks who care about healthy food and healthy environments.  We continue to develop these resources and invite everyone to benefit!
COG OSO’s membership base extends from the St. Lawrence River to the Outaouais in Western Quebec, and encompasses all of the Ottawa Valley.
As a regional chapter of a registered national charity, COG OSO focuses its work on providing primarily educational services.  We are not a trade association, nor are we a lobby organization, although we certainly are glad to get involved and contribute to public discussions around healthy food production systems.  For example, COG was one of the many organizations involved in advising the federal government on the development of the Canadian Organic Standards.
Visit www.cog.ca/ottawa/ for more information about our organization.
Contact Information:
Simon Neufeld, Conference Chair
613-244-4000 ext. 4
Bill Barkley, Trade Show organizer


This is a single weblog entry, posted on February 12th, 2014. Comment here »


Take a Sip for Fair Trade


Cordially invites you to

Take a Sip for

Fair Trade

Saturday May 11th, 2013

From 7:00pm to 11:00pm

The Cube Gallery

1285 Wellington Street West, Ottawa, Ontario


This will be the Fair Trade event of the season, bringing together

Fair Trade (chocolate & wine) and local foods (cheese & beer)

to showcase the best of Ottawa and beyond. The evening will include

friends, special guests, city councillors and representatives

from various organizations throughout Ottawa. We are proud to have inspiring guest speakers, including Paul Dewar, MP for Ottawa Centre, and Jennifer Williams from Cocoa Camino. There will also be fantastic musical entertainment, a silent auction and more!

This fundraiser supports Fair Trade Ottawa

with various community outreach events and campaigns throughout the year and will go directly

towards helping Ottawa become a Fair Trade city.


Tickets are $30, which includes a specialty Fair Trade cocktail.

Tickets can be purchased online at:

This is a single weblog entry, posted on April 8th, 2013. Comment here »


A Conversation with the United Nations about the Right to Food

A Conversation with the United Nations about the Right to Food

March 4 & 5
The Right to Food in Canada? A conversation with Olivier de Schutter,
UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food
Le droit à l’alimentation au Canada, Une conversation avec Olivier de Schutter,
le rapporteur spécial de l’ONU pour le droit à l’alimentation
This interactive webinar, broadcast from Geneva, will bring together communities from across Canada. A special invitation is extended to community food security advocates and local, provincial and federal politicians.
Ce webinaire interactif, diffusé à partir de Genève, réunira des communautés de partout au Canada. Une invitation spéciale est lancée aux groupes d’action communautaires pour la sécurité alimentaire et aux politiciens locaux, provinciaux et fédéraux.
In English:
Monday March 4, 12-1:30pm
Carleton University
Southam Hall
Room SA 303
1125 Colonel By Drive
En français:
Mardi le 5 mars, 12h à 13h30
Université d’Ottawa
Colonel By Hall
Salle CBY 206C
161 Louis-Pasteur
Olivier de Schutter visited Canada in May 2012 to analyze Canada’s food security situation and report to the UN. His visit launched a national debate, with many welcoming his intervention, and others criticizing it.
For details:
De Schutter’s report was tabled December 24:
This event, organized by Food Secure Canada (http://foodsecurecanada.org/) will be his first direct communication with Canadians on his findings.
Olivier de Schutter a visité le Canada en mai 2012, pour analyser la situation de sécurité alimentaire canadienne et la rapporter à l’ONU. Sa visite a initié un débat national, qui a suscité des interventions favorables, mais aussi des critiques.
Pour plus de détails:
Le rapport a été déposé le 24 décembre dernier:
Cet évènement, organisé par Sécurité alimentaire Canada
(http://foodsecurecanada.org/fr), sera la première présentation de ses conclusions
aux Canadiennes et Canadiens.

This is a single weblog entry, posted on February 22nd, 2013. Comment here »