This week we are joining Canada’s organic industry in celebrating Organic Week - a celebration of organic food, farming, and products. For over a decade now, Canadian Organic Growers (COG) and Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA) have drawn attention to all the wonderful aspects of organic Canada has to offer.
There are many ways to celebrate Organic Week from recipe challenges to BBQs with organic food to offering a composting workshop. One of our favourite ideas is opening up your organic garden to your neighbours and showing them just how vibrant and healthy it is with it’s lack of synthetic fertilizers and chemical inputs. Our other favourite way to celebrate is to talk about organic, and not just food or farming but organic land care as well. With our Organic Land Care for Your Community guide, it’s easy to start the discussion about organic land care with your neighbours, municipal council and gardening friends. Or, you can always talk about the weather - dry spells or periods of heavy rain - and how gardens maintained organically are more resilient to these events.
Whatever you do, take time this week to let people know that you support the Canadian organic industry and let’s get people excited about all aspects of organic food and land care, including the microbes keeping the soil healthy and the care taken to plan for the future.
We are all stewards of the land, whether it be as a certified organic grain farmer or a SOUL accredited or certified professional, we have a duty to the earth and future generations.