Annual Guide to Organics 2017

A directory of Ontario organic and/or pesticide-free farms with pick-your-own and farmgate sales, plus markets, stores, suppliers, restaurants, and events around the province

Key to Listings

SA: Community Shared Agriculture

FG: Farmgate Sales

FM: Farmers’ Market

PYO: Pick Your Own


ORGANICS FARM • MARKHAM PYO; FG: Certified organic strawberries and apples. This is a family-owned and operated farm producing primarily pick-your-own fruit, but they also operate a market where they sell ready-picked fruits, vegetables, and other products. From Wednesday to Sunday they operate a wood-fired oven and bake organic pies, tarts, and artisan bread. Open seasonally with their crops, 9 am to 5 pm weekends, and 9 am to 6 pm weekdays. Call ahead for a crop update: (905) 640-5206. For more information and directions, visit

LIFESPRING ‘BEYOND ORGANIC’ FARM • CITY OF KAWARTHA LAKES FG: Proprietors Ken and Anastasia raise Scottish Highland cows for the healthiest and tastiest beef around, pasture- and garden-raised chicken, and free-range brown eggs. They grow and sell many varieties of veggies in mineral-rich soil, with their own organic cow manure. They are also biodynamic. Shoppers can visit and purchase from this farm by appointment, or visit the Evergreen Brick Works Farmers’ Market in Toronto year-round every Saturday between 9 am and 1 pm. Come by and see them, because if it’s not in your soil, it’s not in your food! Working from their space to make the world a better place. For more information call: (705) 878-3363, email: lifespringorganics@ or visit their website at:

SPRING VIEW FARMS • UXBRIDGE PYO: Chemical-free. Pick your own strawberries and raspberries (not certified organic). Our goal towards chemical-free berries is to avoid any chemical residue in our produce by producing strawberries and raspberries without insecticides, fungicides, or herbicides. Strawberry season is in June; raspberry and black currant season is in July. Located 10 km north of Uxbridge in the hamlet of Leaskdale at 11680 Durham Rd. 1 (Main St. N.). Open from mid-June, Monday to Saturday, 8 am to 6 pm. No Sunday sales. Please call ahead: (905) 852-2795. Visit

IGNATIUS FARM • GUELPH CSA, FM: The Ignatius Jesuit Centre is home to Ignatius Farm, an organic community training farm. It is an integral part of the centre and surrounding community. Ignatius Farm grows certified organic vegetables for Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) members, the Milton Farmers’ Market, local businesses, and service agencies. The farm’s three acres of Community Gardens, working shares, intern training, and volunteer programs are popular with those who appreciate working in healthy soil and beautiful surroundings. Ignatius Farm also rents land to small organic farm businesses. CSA share options:  early, mid- and late summer shares; winter shares; pick up at the farm or a Guelph neighbourhood site. Come for Open Farm Days in August: Tuesday and Friday, August 22 and 25, 2017, 3:30 to 6 pm. For more info, see www.ignatius, or email

JOYFULLY ORGANIC FARM • SERVING MARKHAM • STOUFFVILLE CSA; FM: Joyfully Organic Farm is run by two first-generation farmers, the heart and hands behind the vegetables they grow. Joyfully Organic Farm grows over 40 types of vegetables and often has 4 to 6 colours, shapes, and sizes of each type! They are passionate about soil health, which is passed along in their nutrient-packed, delicious vegetables. With everything from heirloom purple kale to pink radishes to white pumpkins, Joyfully Organic grows a gamut of vegetables, which keeps their CSA inspiring. They offer their CSA members field visits and weekly recipes that match the vegetables they get. Pick up your share at one of their central locations in Markham or Stouffville. Inquiries: info@joyfullyorganicfarm .ca. On Instagram or Facebook: @joyfullyorganicfarm. Or visit

MAPLETON’S ORGANIC FARMS • MOOREFIELD CSA; FG; FM: This working organic dairy farm, founded in 1999 by Ineke Booy and Martin de Groot, consists of 450 acres of certified organic land, 70 milking cows, chickens, turkeys, pigs, donkeys, alpacas, and a pony. They process milk into organic ice cream, frozen and fresh yogurt, served in a cozy ice cream café. Today, Mapleton’s serves organic lunches and packaged organic products including dairy, meats, dry goods, and seasonal produce. The farm offers a demonstration barnyard that is open to the public year-round, a two-acre cedar hedge maze with a pirate ship in the middle, a picnic area, and a destination to host birthday parties. Mapleton Farms products are available at grocery stores and health food stores across Ontario. Open May 1 to October 31: Sunday to Thursday 11 am to 6 pm, Friday 11 am to 8 pm; November 1 to April 30: Tuesday to Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm. Located at: 8548 Wellington Road #7, Moorefield, ON. Tel: 1-877-779-9795, or (519) 638-1115, email:, web:

EVERDALE ORGANIC FARM & ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING CENTRE • HILLSBURGH CSA; FG: 30 different vegetables, plus eggs and meat. Everdale has a Harvest Share program and sells at various farmers’ markets around the GTA (see website for locations). For students and youth, there is a summer farm camp and farm school programs. Everdale also specializes in training new farmers in how to grow food and a sustainable farm business. The 50-acre property encompasses a working organic farm, forests, nature trail, and Home Alive! Visit the farm for Carrot Fest! on Sunday, August 27, Everdale’s annual fall harvest celebration. Wellington County, one hour NW of Toronto, 1/2 hour east of Guelph. Visit, or email:

AVALON ORCHARDS • INNISFIL Sadly, Avalon Orchards will not be open for pick-your-own in 2017; it will be reopening in 2018. After an amazing crop last year, the orchard has decided to take a rest as they had very little blossom and fruit set. They are still busy caring for the orchard and are excited to officially launch their certified organic apple cider vinegar this fall. They will continue producing their pasteurized organic apple cider and look forward to hosting visitors in 2018. For more information, visit them at:, (705) 458-9902.


THE BIG CARROT • TORONTO The Big Carrot is a Canadian worker-owned natural food market (est. 1983) specializing in a wide selection of organic, non-GMO, sustainable, and environmentally safe products. They believe that in addition to offering good food it is essential to provide good information. The Big Carrot offers free nutritional store tours and free weekly lectures on health and the environment. They are proud to be Ontario’s first certified organic retailer. Their certified organic kitchen offers fresh, organic grab-and-go dishes and baked goods daily. The Big Carrot Wholistic Dispensary is staffed with professional naturopathic doctors, herbalists, homeopaths, and nutritionists. Their Health and Beauty department has over 5,000 paraben-free natural and organic body care products for the whole family, and their certified organic Juice Bar is located at the front of Carrot Common. Located at 348 Danforth Ave. (at Chester subway). For more information, call (416) 466-2129. Visit them at, or email Join them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

THE VILLAGE MARKET • THORNHILL FM: Open Saturdays year-round, 8:00 am to 1:30 pm. An organic farmers’ market with several local, organic and biodynamic farmers, featuring fresh organic fruits and vegetables, organic beef, pork, and chicken, organic eggs, organic dairy products, plus organic breads and treats; a full range of gluten-free baking and frozen entrees as well. Also featured are café vendors, with both vegan and carnivore options represented, live music, and health practitioners. One of our farmers also sells some imported organic fruits and vegetables to supplement what’s available locally. Located one light south of Rutherford Rd., inside Toronto Waldorf School, 9100 Bathurst St. Call (416) 875-4205,

NOAH’S NATURAL FOODS • TORONTO, WOODBRIDGE Extensive variety of organic bulk and packaged vegetarian foods, plus a range of organic produce, dairy products, meats, and gluten-free breads and pastas. This is one of Toronto’s original health food stores. Their professional staff is ready to assist you. Four locations in Toronto: 322 Bloor St. W. at Spadina (416) 968-7930; 667 Yonge St. south of Bloor (416) 969-0220; 2395 Yonge St., north of Eglinton (416) 488-0904; 430 King St. W., at Spadina, call (416) 260-8900. Also: 9121 Weston Rd. at Rutherford Rd. Woodbridge (905) 850-2873. Details are available at:

BALDWIN NATURALS • TORONTO Healthy shopping made simple. Featuring a large selection of organic and natural bulk foods, dairy, groceries, supplements, herbal remedies and natural body care. Location: 16 Baldwin St., NW of University/Dundas. (416) 979-1777.

NATURE’S EMPORIUM • BURLINGTON, NEWMARKET & VAUGHAN Established in 1993 with the goal of nourishing a healthy, natural lifestyle, Nature’s Emporium continues that tradition today at their locations in Newmarket, Vaughan, and now in Burlington! Their all-organic fresh produce department highlights local producers year-round. Explore a diverse selection of natural and organic gluten-free, grocery, and green living accessories. Discover skin-nourishing, whole body care and a vitamin and supplement dispensary supported by on-staff nutritionists, naturopaths, and homeopaths. Don’t miss their juice bar, raw food bar and bistro for inspired, living foods prepared fresh daily. They invite you to join them on a free store tour to see what makes them different! Three Locations: 16655 Yonge St., Newmarket ON, call (905) 898-1844; 2535 Major Mackenzie Dr. W, Vaughan, ON, call (905) 553-5527, 2180 Itabashi Way, Burlington ON, call (289) 427-5075. For more details, visit:

HARMONY WHOLE FOODS MARKET • ORANGEVILLE Harmony Whole Foods Market has been offering the finest organic foods (including fresh produce, meats, dairy, baked goods, and packaged grocery products), natural supplements, organic body care products and more for almost 40 years! Their experienced, knowledgeable and helpful customer service specialists (including a holistic nutritionist) look forward to serving each of their customers. Free “gluten-free” tours available! Located in the Credit Creek Plaza North, 163 First Street, Orangeville. Call (519) 941-8961, email or visit their website at

PUSATERI’S FINE FOODS • 6 LOCATIONS IN TORONTO AND OAKVILLE Pusateri’s Fine Foods is a gourmet food emporium, curators of exceptional products, renowned for superior quality and customer service. Pusateri’s has travelled the globe in search of the unknown with the desire to share their passion for food. Bringing their guests the highest quality natural, organic, fresh, and nonperishable products – from antibiotic-free and grass-fed meats to fermented breads, organic and grass-fed dairy products to a range of Non-GMO Project Verified goods. They also have a range of premium services such as fine catering, curated gift baskets, home delivery, wedding and special event planning, and more. Family-owned and operated for more than 50 years, Pusateri’s remains a one-of-a-kind shopping destination for food enthusiasts. There are currently four locations in Toronto: 1539 Avenue Rd., 57 Yorkville Ave., 2901 Bayview Ave. (Bayview Village), 240 Leighland Ave. (RioCan Oakville Place). Pusateri’s also operates Saks Food Halls at the luxury retailer’s first two Toronto locations at CF Sherway Gardens and at CF Toronto Eaton Centre. Details: (416) 785-9100,

THE HEALTHY BUTCHER • TORONTO, KITCHENER The Healthy Butcher is an excellent source for certified organic beef, lamb, chicken and pork, and offers the best 100% grass-fed beef. The store carries a wide selection of game (bison, venison and elk). Try their 80 different types of housemade burgers and sausages, with real ingredients – no preservatives or fillers. 100% Oceanwise certified seafood is available in all stores. Two locations in Toronto: 565 Queen W; 298 Eglinton Ave. West; plus one location in Kitchener at 25 Bruce St. For more information call (416) 674-2642, visit Online ordering at:

THE APPLE MARKET • MISSISSAUGA The Apple Market has been a family owned and operated business for over 45 years in Mississauga. They have always focused on providing the community with fresh local fruits, vegetables, and quality meats. In the past few years the selection has grown to include organic fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and groceries. They offer natural meats, chicken, and wild Ocean Wise fish, along with organic selections when available. The in-store bakery also provides a choice of organic and gluten-free products. The market specializes in custom fruit baskets and fresh meat and cheese trays. A unique feature of the Apple Market is the addition of a Health and Wellness Centre, which carries a complete line of popular and professional supplements. The Apple Market is located at 2281 Camilla Road, just off The Queensway, 2 lights east of Hurontario. For more information visit or call (905) 848-4840.

EVERGREEN BRICK WORKS SATURDAY FARMERS’ MARKET • TORONTO This large Farmers’ Market brings together diverse communities working to build a sustainable food system from the ground up. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Evergreen Brick Works Saturday Farmers’ Market promotes organic and GMO-free foods, and connects rural food producers and urban consumers to support and grow the vibrant local food economy. The year-round market features more than 25 vendors, offering a wide variety of local and seasonal food in the city. Market hours: Saturdays, 8 am – 1 pm. Location: 550 Bayview Ave, just south of Pottery Road. Free shuttle bus service from Broadview subway station. To view vendors, events, and more information: or call (416) 596-1495.

LYN-DYS HEALTH FOOD • LONDON Lyn-Dys Health Food is a family-operated business celebrating 24 years of offering only certified organic food to customers. A complete line of supplements, herbal remedies and homeopathic remedies are available, and they also stock chemical-free cleaning, household, and personal products. As much as possible, their fresh produce, meat, and baked goods are delivered from local certified organic producers. This year they are proud to welcome a third generation to the business. The store is located at 1016 Oxford St. E., London, Ontario. To have a look at the website:, or call for more information: (519) 455-5573. Open Mon. to Fri. 9 am – 5 pm, Sat. 9 am – 2 pm.

ORGANIC GARAGE • TORONTO, OAKVILLE, THORNHILL Organic Garage is a Canadian grocery store committed to offering a wide selection of top quality organic, all natural, gluten-free, raw and vegan products at everyday affordable prices so their customers can enjoy healthier food for less! They carry 100 percent organic produce, groceries, meat, bulk, baked goods, prepared foods, vitamins, health and beauty products. Now with three locations: 579 Kerr St., Oakville; 8020 Bathurst St., Thornhill; 43 Junction Rd., Toronto (Leaside and Liberty Village coming soon!) For more information about their locations, and to sign up for their Unflyer, visit Follow them on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook. fiesta farms • tOronto Toronto’s largest independently owned grocery store is perfect for all your grocery needs. They offer local, organic, and naturally raised meats, dairy, produce, and more. In 2008, Fiesta Farms launched a partnership with Local Food Plus, to bring produce from Ontario’s Greenbelt to Toronto. They proudly support Ontario farmers and food artisans. Located at 200 Christie St, just north of Bloor St. (416) 537-1235.

HILL TOP ACRES • ALLISTON Hill Top Acres is a membership-based community food co-op and farm store located on a homestead just north of Alliston, Ontario. They work directly with many local farms and organic suppliers to bring quality food to their members year round. They are also a cooking school where they teach traditional fermenting and gluten-free sourdough and baking classes. For more information, visit their website at or contact They are here to help you on your wholesome ethical food journey.

TRINITY BELLWOODS FARMERS’ MARKET • TORONTO The seasonal Trinity Bellwoods Farmers’ Market is located under a canopy of trees in Trinity Bellwoods Park (Dundas & Shaw) in downtown Toronto. They go rain or shine, Tuesdays 3 – 7 pm, May to Oct. (approximately). Their mandate is to support and promote local, sustainable, and certified organic grown agriculture, to educate the community in the food they eat, the source from which it comes, and how it is grown and/or prepared. It’s all about slow food, not fast, and eating at hearth and home. The market was started and continues to be run independently by volunteer community members since 2007. For season dates and details visit: Search location reference use 1053 Dundas West.

HEALTHY PLANET • 17 locations in the gta Healthy Planet started as a small kiosk in a strip mall on Danforth Ave. in 1995 and has grown to be the GTA’s largest health food chain. The company is committed to excellent customer service and carries a broad spectrum of organic grocery items, vitamins, minerals, sports nutrition products, herbs, and assorted supplements. They offer clients access to holistic nutritionists and naturopathic doctors and invite customers to attend free classes and seminars. For more information and store locator visit their website at


WANIGAN FRUITS AND VEGETABLES • TORONTO A refreshingly simple approach to produce, Wanigan offers the best in seasonal, local, and organic fruits and vegetables and delivers everything to your home. Select from a variety of healthy, convenient, and sensible produce assortments starting at $25 and experience an easy way to keep your fruit bowl and vegetable crisper full of fresh, colourful, and healthy produce. For more info, visit www.wanigan .com or call 1-877-926-4426.

THE STUBBORN FARMER • SERVING TORONTO, YORK, DURHAM CSA: Stubborn Farmer boasts a healthy crop of over thirty different vegetables, and their animals include grass-fed cows, sheep, and pasture-raised pigs, hens, and chickens, with a balanced, responsible, and poly-cultural approach to farming. The Stubborn Farmer is committed to your health and the health of the environment, and of course, committed to food! No artificial food, harmful antibiotics, chemicals, or other pharmaceuticals are fed to their animals. As a result, their products – plant and animal – are naturally healthy, nutritious, and flavourful. The farm offers delivery of their products in specialty boxes, which include a variety of fresh vegetables and meat, direct to your home during the summer and winter season. Farm tours by appointment. For more information and to sign up visit, or call (416) 402-5089 or email:


ORGANIC TRADITIONS® SUPERFOODS Organic Traditions® Superfoods is a brand of certified organic, gluten-free, kosher, raw, and vegan superfoods with a vision to inspire people to fuel themselves to the highest level possible, providing nutrient-dense options for optimal wellness, vitality and longevity. With over 100 superfoods, the brand offers a variety of products, ranging from dried fruits and seeds to healthy fats, sprouted seeds, low glycemic sweeteners and herbs, plus unique probiotic smoothie mixes, herbal smoothie boosters, antioxidant-rich fruit powders, detoxifying greens, drink mixes and blends to provide every nutritional cornerstone for a superfood lifestyle. Organic Traditions® distributes other brands such as Pukka Teas, Regulat and Master Amino Acid Pattern (MAP). Visit:

UPAYA NATURALS Upaya Naturals started in 2004 with the vision to make living a healthy lifestyle easier. Now they are Canada’s largest online source for organic, raw foods, blenders, juicers, dehydrators, spiralizers, sprouters, plus superfoods, herbs, raw chocolates, protein powders, earthing grounding products, skin care, dental care, books, DVDs, and hundreds of other products in retail and wholesale. Free shipping on retail orders over $100 in Canada or pre-order and pick up at Toronto or Barrie locations. Visit or call (416) 617-3096.

YOUINFOCUS PRODUCTS YouInFocus Products imports the Dr. Jentschura Alkaline Program from Germany; it is an easy three-step program to alkalize and revitalize the body. All of the company’s products are gluten-free and organic. Their most popular organic food products are Morgen-Stund’, WurzelKraft, and Tis-chleinDeckDich. MorgenStund‘ is Dr. Jentschura’s delicious, wholesome porridge, made with buckwheat, millet, fruits, almonds, oil seeds, and amaranth. It is packed with valuable nutrients for superior physical and mental performance at work and in school. WurzelKraft is a life-supporting formulation made with 100 healing herbs and based on an exclusive German naturopathic recipe. It strengthens the immune system and boosts the body’s regenerative power and health. WurzelKraft offers more than 50,000 vital bio-available substances, like organic plant-derived minerals, vitamins, enzymes, essential amino acids, and secondary plant compounds. TischleinDeckDich is a savoury organic dish with quinoa, millet, and eight vegetables. For more info, please visit or call 1 (866) 722-9812 toll free.

PURE + SIMPLE SPA • 4 LOCATIONS IN GTA; 1 LOCATION IN WATERLOO Pure + Simple is an all-natural skincare retail and wellness spa for those seeking products that are consistent with their healthy, natural lifestyle. They offer the best in natural facials, high-tech treatments, organic skincare, mineral makeup, and more. Pure + Simple sells a wide range of organic and natural skincare products, including – Pure + Simple, Minimalist, and Holistic Vanity – which are all free of parabens, petrochemicals, silicones, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, and dyes. They also carry a selection of other brands that meet their requirements of being natural, sustainable and effective, such as Jane Iredale, Fitglow, and Naturopathica. Their Beauty Sages and Skincare Experts work with each client to create a skincare regime with services and products tailored to their unique skin and lifestyle. Book a free skin consultation at any of their 5 holistic spas, located in Toronto and Waterloo. To shop online visit: www.pure To find a location near you, or to view contact info for each spa, see ad on page 47.


VEGETARIAN HAVEN • TORONTO Vegetarian Haven is a vegan bistro that uses local, seasonal, and organic produce whenever possible. Popular dishes include Sizzling Eggplant, made with organic tempeh and seasonal vegetables cooked in a coconut curry sauce and served on a hot iron plate. Another popular item is Curry Pad Thai, made with fresh rice noodles in curry sauce. Also featured is a ‘daily special’ main course. In summer, healthy cooling beverages are hot sellers – including fresh organic juices; the ‘Slushy’ made with lime juice and fresh mint; and macha green tea smoothie (green tea powder, banana, soymilk, agave). Tea lovers will enjoy the impressive selection of loose leaf herbal teas. Sit a spell on their lively summer patio, and enjoy the best of Toronto’s vegan cuisine. Located at 17 Baldwin St., Toronto. Tel: (416) 621-3636. For more info, visit their website at

LIVE ORGANIC FOOD BAR • TORONTO LIVE is proud to offer an array of gourmet, gluten- and sugar-free vegan dishes to invigorate and cleanse the body, mind, and soul! Each dish is prepared and served by experienced staff, all guided by the restaurant’s founders: Jennifer Italiano and her brother, restaurateur Chris Italiano. LIVE’s cuisine is influenced by the flavours that they recall from their mother’s kitchen, and many different cultural foods and ingredients are combined in their handmade, organic dishes. Located at 264 Dupont St. (NE corner Dupont and Spadina), Toronto. Call (416) 515-2002, email For ‘Grab and Go’ offerings, visit LIVE at their Liberty Village location at 134 Atlantic Ave. For more information call (647) 748-5483. A showcase of LIVE products are also available at stores across the GTA, including gluten-free wraps in chipotle and turmeric flavours.

THE SOCIAL GARDENER • TORONTO The Social Gardener is a cozy café nestled within the ‘Little India’ area of Toronto’s East End. They offer a menu that is full of organic, local, and gluten-free choices – some ingredients are even grown in their own rooftop garden! The Social Gardener is a social enterprise initiative of the Riverdale Hub, developed in partnership with the Immigrant Women Enterprises (RIWE), to support training programs and services offered to marginalized women and youth. The Riverdale Hub is a green, eco-friendly building, offering event spaces, co-working space, a rooftop garden, and the Riverdale Hub art gallery. Stop in for coffee, lunch, and a treat. Located at 1326 Gerrard St E., one block east of Greenwood. For more info:, email:, call (416) 465-6021.

FENNEL EATERY & JUICE BAR Tucked inside Noah’s Natural Foods at 322 Bloor St. West, Fennel Eatery offers a hot and cold vegan buffet for diners looking for fast take-out or a spot at the lunch counter. All items in the buffet are 100% vegan and homemade fresh daily using top quality local and organic produce. The food contains no added sugar, no preservatives, and only Himalayan salt, sunflower oil, or EVOO. Customers design their own plates by serving themselves, and payment is based on weight. Pricing is fixed at $2.60 per 100 grams. The vision of Fennel Eatery’s proprietors is to delight customers with delicious vegan dishes, juices, and snacks made with organic ingredients. Offerings include: Kale Salad with Carrot and Lemon Juice; Brown Rice with Turmeric, Carrot, and Cilantro; Pierogies; Baked Tofu with Tamari Sauce, baked beans, and lots more. Fennel menu items change daily and with the seasons. For more information, visit:, call: (416) 922-8125. Hours of operation: Monday to Friday 11 am to 7 pm; Saturday 11 am to 6 pm.

IVANOPOBLANO • LONDON ivanopoblano is a 100% certified organic Mexican Food Truck, located in front of Lyn-Dys Health Food store. Ivan offers certified organic Mexican drinks and dishes made from scratch using local (when possible) produce, meat, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, legumes, and dairy. They use distilled water to wash the produce and to cook, and they accommodate vegans, vegetarians, meat lovers, and gluten-free diets. Ivan has found the perfect pairing of spices and flavours for his unique recipes, so be sure to stop in and try his wonderful dishes. Find the food truck at 1016 Oxford St. E., London, ON. Open Monday to Friday, 9 am – 5 pm, Saturday 9 am – 4 pm. For information, call (226) 238-0868.


CANADIAN ORGANIC GROWERS (COG) A non-profit charity for over 40 years, COG helps farmers, gardeners, and consumers transition to and learn about organic growing and eating. Donating to or volunteering for COG gives COG the clout to support consumers and growers of organic food. COG chapters present speakers and panel discussions, promote organics at public events, and plan farm trips. Participants in the Toronto chapter of COG can help the area’s organic movement, learn about organic issues, find sources of organic food, improve people’s health, and care for the environment. Watch for Organic Week, Sept. 16 to 24 – a week-long national celebration of organic food. Visit:, or www.cog, send an email to, or call (647) 367-7706.

SEEDS OF DIVERSITY Seeds of Diversity Canada is a national grassroots network of more than 1,400 volunteer gardeners who grow heritage varieties and share seeds with one another. They offer an online resource list of seed companies that sell heritage seeds, a searchable inventory of all vegetable seeds sold in Canada, a booklet to help you learn the simple techniques of saving your own seeds, and members receive Seeds of Diversity magazine, as well as the Annual Seed Exchange Directory. This is a registered charity that takes tax-receiptable donations. Located at 1-12 Dupont St W., Waterloo, Ont. Call (226) 600-7782, email:, see

PLANT PARADISE COUNTRY GARDENS • CALEDON Plant Paradise Country Gardens™ is a 24-acre, award-winning organic perennial nursery and botanical gardens of continuous bloom. The gardens are a testament that you can have a beautiful garden without pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic fertilizers. Plant Paradise Country Gardens™ passionately promotes organic gardening by providing expert advice, organic gardening supplies, and organically grown perennials. Come to their annual event, GardenFest, July 8 and 9. Located at 16258 Humber Station Rd., Caledon, ON. For more information, visit their website:; call (905) 880-9090. Open Wed. to Sun., from 9 am to 5 pm, April until September.


GUELPH ORGANIC CONFERENCE AND TRADE SHOW • January 25 – 28, 2018 The 37th Annual Guelph Organic Conference & Trade Show is the event “Where Farmers & Consumers Meet.” It is held in the Guelph University Centre. This FREE two-day trade show (January 27 – 28) promises a stimulating weekend organic sampling experience. Organic consumers who support organic farming can talk directly with certified organic growers, organic product distributors and retailers as well as market garden and permaculture experts. Are you planning your own farm? Organic soil and crop consultants in the trade show will guide you. Simply walk into the Guelph University Centre, hang up your coat and enjoy a stimulating walk-about with almost 40 organic sampling booths (the trade show totals over 160 tables). Shoppers can buy directly from organic food suppliers – stock up on organic chocolate, cheeses, jams, miso, coffee, cranberry juice, pickles, vegetables, organic cereal samples, books, seeds and small equipment flyers. Don’t forget to bring cash and your carry bags. Website continually updated with new information.

The full 43-workshop program includes talks and sessions on small-scale root cellars, how to start your market garden, caring for your organic livestock, and how to be an informed organic consumer. The range of topics to be covered includes: Big Carrot Nutritionists/Current Organic Nutritional Research [a free January 28 workshop], Flower Production, Organic Garlic Production, Urban Habitat For Pollinators, as well as Indoor Gardening and Seed Production For Beginners. In total, over 55 speakers are on the program. Workshop registration opens November 1st. Other special events during the four-day conference include the Friday, January 26 Organic Food and Wine Dinner for 200 guests. That evening, a Keynote Forum Panel, “Resilient Agriculture In The Face of Climate Change,” will complete the day’s highlights. Contact Manager Tomás Nimmo at or call (705) 444-0923. For information and conference program, please visit:

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