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
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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
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AVALON ORCHARDS • INNISFIL PYO: Offers certified organic apples; plus fresh-pressed cider, honey, vinegar, and other organic produce. Open 10 am to 5 pm daily during harvest season.
The orchard is located at 3150 5th Line, just 45 minutes north of Toronto. Go north on Highway 400 to Highway 89; go east to Side Road 10. Then travel north on Side Road 10 for five miles to 5th Line; turn west on 5th line. Call (705) 458-9902. For more info, visit: www.avalonorchards.net
EVERDALE FARM • 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 run 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, Everdale’s annual fall harvest celebration on Sunday, Aug. 27.
IGNATIUS FARM • GUELPH CSA, FM: The Ignatius Jesuit Centre is home to Ignatius Farm, an organic community training farm, and 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 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, Aug. 21 and Friday, Aug. 24, from 3:30 – 6 pm.
ORGANICS FAMILY FARM • MARKHAM PYO; FG: Certified organic strawberries and apples. This family-owned and operated farm produces pick-your-own fruit, and also has 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, from 9 am to 5 pm weekends, and 9 am to 6 pm weekdays. Call ahead for a crop update: (905) 640-5206. For more info, visit www.organicsfarm.ca
JOYFULLY ORGANIC FARM • MARKHAM • STOUFFVILLE CSA; FM: Imagine a weekly basket of fresh vegetables, grown and prepared by farmers you are friends with! And the most delicious part? Big, beautiful flavours. Run by two first-generation farmers who are passionate about soil health, and are the heart and hands behind the nutrient-packed, delicious vegetables they grow. Joyfully Organic Farm grows more than 40 types of vegetables, which makes their CSA an inspiring experience. Picture everything from heirloom purple kale, to super sweet carrots and rainbow coloured beets! Pick up your share in Markham or Stouffville. With each basket, you’ll get a newsletter packed with tasty recipes and photos from the field. Plus, each season you’ll be invited to member-only farm tours and events!
MAPLETON’S ORGANIC FARMS • MOOREFIELD CSA; FG; FM: Founded in 1999 by Ineke Booy and Martin de Groot, this working organic dairy farm has 450 acres of certified organic land, 70 milking cows, chickens, turkeys, pigs, donkeys, alpacas, and a pony. Their cosy ice cream café and store serves their homemade organic ice cream, frozen and fresh yogurt, and organic lunches, and also sells packaged organic products including dairy, meats, dry goods, and seasonal produce. The farm is open to the public year-round and features a demonstration barnyard, a two-acre cedar hedge maze with a pirate ship in the middle, a picnic area, and a destination to host birthday parties. Mapleton’s Organic 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 Rd., #7, Moorefield, Ont. Call 1-877-779-9795 or (519) 638-1115, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.mapletonsorganic.ca
LIFESPRING ‘BEYOND ORGANIC’ FARM • KAWARTHA LAKES FG: Proprietors Ken and Anastasia raise Scottish Highland cows for the healthiest and tastiest beef around, and pasture-and-garden raised chicken, and free-range brown eggs. They grow and sell many varieties of veggies in mineral and Ormus rich soil, with their own organic manure and biodynamic preps. Shoppers can visit and purchase from this farm by appointment, or visit the Evergreen BrickWorks Farmers’ Market in Toronto year-round every Saturday between 9 am and 1 pm. Come by and see them, have a chat, and learn that if it’s not in your soil, it’s not in your food!
SHARED HARVEST COMMUNITY FARM • DUNNVILLE FM; CSA: Our certified organic community farm hosts many workshops and events throughout the year including a weekend Harmonica Retreat the last weekend of June, and our Turnip the Beets Music festival during the last week of July. We also grow more than 40 kinds of vegetables and herbs, and one hundred varieties of them. We employ compost teas and use many different weeds and local botanicals to fertilize our plants, feed the soil, and make sure our veggies contain all the minerals in them that we need to flourish. We have CSA in Hamilton, Dunnville, Cayuga, Port Colborne and St. Catharines.
Visit us at Durand Farmers Market on Wednesdays, and Dufferin Grove Organic Farmers Market on Thursdays – both from 3 to 7 pm., or the Dunnville Farmers Market every Saturday. For more info, call (905) 701-7255, email email@example.com or visit www.sharedharvestfarm.ca
SPRING VIEW FARMS • UXBRIDGE PYO: Chemical-free. Pick your own strawberries (not certified organic). Our goal towards chemical-free berries is to avoid any chemical residue in our produce by producing strawberries without insecticides, fungicides, or herbicides. June is strawberry season.
Located at 11680 Durham Rd. 1 (Main St. N.), 10 km north of Uxbridge in the hamlet of Leaskdale. Open from mid-June, Monday to Saturday, 8 am to 6 pm. No Sunday sales. Please call ahead: (905) 852-2795. Visit www.harvestontario.com/springviewfarms
MOONDANCE ORGANIC FARM • ANGUS FG; CSA: Promoting ecological and human health is our focus. The onsite Market Stand offers seasonal produce grown here and from other local farms. Specializing in delicious greens, we also offer a wide variety of vegetables, happy chicken eggs, honey, local maple syrup, cut flowers, baked goods, and more. Chicken and turkey are available by pre-order. Open May to October, Thursday through Sunday. Interac is available. Programs offered include: Educational activities, Children’s Growing Lessons, volunteering, Weekly Garden Walk & Talks, and Yoga. For details and updates, visit our website or Facebook page.
BLACK CREEK COMMUNITY FARM • TORONTO • FG, CSA: Our unique eight-acre “farm park,” is Toronto’s largest urban farm, and houses certified organic vegetable fields, a forest trail and food forest, four-season greenhouses, an outdoor classroom, pavilion and wood-fired bake oven, as well as a mushroom garden, chickens and beehives. We’re pleased to offer 30+ varieties of certified organic vegetables including Western, Asian and Caribbean varieties, honey and fair-trade chocolate at affordable prices. Join us for volunteer opportunities, camps and educational programs for kids and youth, workshops and public events.
Located at 4929 Jane St., at the southeast corner of Jane St and Steeles Ave., a 10 – 15 minute walk from Pioneer Village Subway Station. Learn more at www.blackcreekfarm.ca, firstname.lastname@example.org, 416-393-6381. Facebook: /BlackCreekCommunityFarm. Twitter: @BCCFarm. Instagram: @BlackCreekCommunityFarm
THE BIG CARROT • TWO LOCATIONS IN TORONTO The Big Carrot is a natural food market committed to local, organic, non-GMO, and sustainable food systems since 1983. This one-stop shop offers produce, grocery, bulk, bodycare, and a holistic dispensary. Their juice bar and kitchen serve up hundreds of healthy dishes and drinks, daily. Building community is at the core of their vision, which they deliver through education, outreach and giving.
Visit their Danforth Community Market at 348 Danforth Ave. (Chester subway) and their new Beach Community Market at 125 Southwood Dr. (Kingston Road and Main Street). For more info, call (416) 466-2129, visit www.thebigcarrot.ca or email email@example.com. Join them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
NOAH’S NATURAL FOODS • SIX LOCATIONS IN TORONTO Noah’s is one of Toronto’s original health food stores, and has an extensive variety of organic bulk and packaged vegetarian foods, plus a range of organic produce, dairy products, meats, and gluten-free breads and pastas.
Professional staff are ready to assist at six locations: 322 Bloor St. W., (416) 968-7930; 2395 Yonge St., (416) 488-0904; 667 Yonge St., (416) 969-0220; 9121 Weston Rd., (905) 850-2873; 430 King St. W., (416) 260-8900; New! 21 Carlton St., (416) -972-1012. Visit www.noahsnaturalfoods.ca
THE APPLE MARKET • MISSISSAUGA Family-owned and operated for more than 45 years, The Apple Market has 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, plus wild Ocean Wise fish, and organic selections of meat and chicken 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.
Located at 2281 Camilla Rd., just off The Queensway, 2 lights east of Hurontario Street. For more info, visit www.theapplemarket.ca or call (905) 848-4840.
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 customers can enjoy healthier food for less! Organic Garage carries organic produce, meat, bulk, baked goods, prepared foods, vitamins, and health and beauty products.
Three locations: Toronto – 43 Junction Rd., (Liberty Village and Leaside open soon!); Oakville – 579 Kerr St.; Thornhill – 8020 Bathurst St. For more info, and to sign up for their Unflyer, visit www.organicgarage.com. Follow them on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook.
NATURE’S EMPORIUM • BURLINGTON, NEWMARKET, MAPLE; WOODBRIDGE (coming soon) 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 Burlington. The 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 the juice bar, raw food bar, and bistro for inspired living foods prepared fresh daily. Take a store tour to see what makes them different! Three Locations: 16655 Yonge St., Newmarket, call (905) 898-1844; 2535 Major Mackenzie Dr. W., Vaughan, call (905) 553-5527; and 2180 Itabashi Way, Burlington, call (289) 427-5075, Visit: www.naturesemporium.com
FIESTA FARMS • TORONTO Toronto’s largest independently owned grocery store is perfect for all your grocery needs, and offers 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 Street. Call (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, Ont. They work directly with many local farms and organic suppliers to bring quality food to members year-round. Their cooking school offers traditional fermenting and gluten-free sourdough and baking classes. For more info, visit www.hilltopacres.ca or email firstname.lastname@example.org
THE HEALTHY BUTCHER • TORONTO The Healthy Butcher is Toronto’s preeminent butcher shop and organic food store, offering the best 100% grass-fed and certified organic beef, lamb, chicken, bison, venison, and elk. Try their 60 different types of housemade burgers and sausages, with real ingredients – no preservatives or fillers. The store directly sources from more than 75 farmers, is an Ocean Wise partner selling sustainable seafood, and offers 2,000+ curated clean products.
Two locations: 565 Queen St. W., and 298 Eglinton Ave. W. Call (416) 674-2642, or order online for home delivery throughout Toronto at www.thehealthybutcher.com
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 operate rain or shine, Tuesdays, 3 to 7 pm, early May to late October. 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‘s grown and 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 www.tbfm.ca To search location reference, use 1053 Dundas St. W.
HEALTHY PLANET • 19 locations in the GTA Healthy Planet started as a small kiosk in a strip mall on Danforth Avenue 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. Clients have access to holistic nutritionists and naturopathic doctors, and are invited to attend free classes and seminars.
For more info and store locator, visit www.healthyplanetcanada.com
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 more than 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.
To learn more, please visit: www.organictraditions.com
YOUINFOCUS PRODUCTS YouInFocus Products imports the Dr. Jentschura Alkaline Program from Germany – an easy, three-step program to alkalize and revitalize the body. All products are gluten-free and organic including their most popular food products: MorgenStund’, WurzelKraft, and TischleinDeckDich.
MorgenStund’ is a delicious, wholesome porridge, made with buckwheat, millet, fruits, almonds, oil seeds, and amaranth – packed with valuable nutrients for superior physical and mental performance at work and in school. WurzelKraft is a life-supporting supplement 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 dish with quinoa, millet, and eight vegetables.
For more info, please visit www.YouInFocusProducts.com or call 1 (866) 722-9812 toll free.
PURE + SIMPLE SPA • Four Toronto locations, three in the GTA and beyond • Pure + Simple is an all-natural skincare retailer and wellness spa for customers seeking products that are consistent with a healthy, natural lifestyle. We offer award-winning natural facials, high-tech treatments, organic skincare, mineral makeup, and more. We sell a wide range of organic and natural skincare products, including our lines Pure + Simple, Minimalist, and Holistic Vanity – all of which are all free of parabens, petrochemicals, silicones, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, and dyes. We also carry a selection of other brands that meet our requirements of being natural, sustainable, and effective, such as Jane Iredale, Fitglow Beauty, and Naturopathica. Our Beauty Sages and Skincare Experts can help you create a skincare regime with services and products tailored to your unique skin and lifestyle.
Book a free skin consultation at any of our seven holistic spas, located in Toronto, Richmond Hill, Oakville-Mississauga and Waterloo. Find a spa near you or book and shop online at www.pureandsimple.ca
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 nectar). Tea lovers will enjoy the 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. Call (416) 621-3636. For more info, visit www.vegetarianhaven.com
FENNEL EATERY & JUICE BAR • TORONTO Tucked inside Noah’s Natural Foods at 322 Bloor St. W., Fennel Eatery delights customers with delicious vegan dishes, juices, and snacks made with organic ingredients. Menu items change daily and with the seasons. Design your own self-serve meal – diners looking for fast take-out or a spot at the lunch counter can enjoy the hot and cold vegan buffet. 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. All items are vegan and homemade fresh daily using top-quality local and organic produce with no added sugar or preservatives, and only Himalayan salt, sunflower oil, or EVOO. Pricing is based on weight, and is fixed at $2.60 per 100 grams.
Hours: Monday to Friday, 11 am to 7 pm; Saturday 11 am to 6 pm. For more info, visit: www.fenneleatery.com or call: (416) 922-8125.
LIVE ORGANIC FOOD BAR • TORONTO LIVE offers 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 flavours 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 email@example.com. For ‘Grab and Go’ offerings, visit LIVE at their Liberty Village location: 134 Atlantic Ave. For more info, call (647) 748-5483. LIVE products are also available at stores across the GTA.
IVANOPOBLANO • LONDON Ivanopoblano is a 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. Distilled water is used to wash the produce and 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, Ont. Open Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm; Saturday, 9 am to 4 pm. For info, call (226) 238-0868.
GREENHOUSE MEDICINE GARDEN CONSULTATIONS • TORONTO Book a backyard health garden consultation with a registered medical herbalist in the comfort of your own home. Each session includes a brief health assessment of household members, assessment of your garden, four medicinal-quality plants, information on planting and harvesting, and unique ideas for use. Learn which plants can help soothe dry skin, rash, allergy symptoms, insomnia, colds, indigestion, anxiety, headaches, and more. Even small spaces can produce big results! Greenhouse Medicine also offers herb-infused organic salves, balms, and custom-blended oils.
PLANT PARADISE COUNTRY GARDENS™ • CALEDON Plant Paradise Country Gardens™ features 24 acres of botanical gardens in continuous bloom and an award-winning organic perennial nursery. 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 methods by providing expert advice, organic gardening supplies, and organically grown perennials. Don’t miss the annual GardenFest on July 7 and 8 (See Organic Events section below).
Located at 16258 Humber Station Rd., Caledon, Ont. For more info, visit: www.plantparadise.ca; call (905) 880-9090. Open Wed. to Sun., from 9 am to 5 pm, April until September.
GARDENFEST AT PLANT PARADISE COUNTRY GARDENS ™ • JULY 7 and 8 Get planting inspiration and fresh ideas at GardenFest. On July 7 and 8, Plant Paradise Country Gardens will host the 11th annual open house celebration. Enjoy free guided tours of the botanical gardens each day from 9 am to 5 pm. Enhance your planting know-how, be wowed by unique perennials that thrive in Ontario climates and learn tips and insights from author, owner, and garden designer, Lorraine Roberts. All plants featured in the botanical gardens are organically grown onsite, and are available for purchase in the organic perennial nursery and garden centre. Plant Paradise Country Gardens was awarded The 2017 Canadian Destination Garden Centre of the Year from the Canadian Garden Council.
For more info, please visit: www.plantparadisecountrygardens.ca or call (905) 880-9090.
WILD BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL AT EVERGREEN BRICK WORKS • AUG. 19 Celebrate this delicious super berry indigenous to North America, on Sunday, Aug. 19 as Evergreen Brick Works hosts their annual Wild Blueberry Festival. From 10 am to 3 pm, patrons can learn, taste, eat, and shop from more than 20 food producers, preservers, bakers, and chefs, all featuring wild blueberry products and dishes. Join the wild blueberry conversation and stay up-to-date on all festival-related activities on Twitter: @WildBBerries #wildbluefest. Find inspiring recipes at www.wildblueberryassociation.ca or www.wildblueberries.com
Evergreen Brick Works is dedicated to making cities flourish. Since 1991, they’ve been transforming spaces into great places so that communities can thrive. They believe that by connecting people with natural and built worlds they can enable Canadians to do great things that will shape cities for the better. Check out their Farmers Market, which started in 2007 with 25 local farmers and producers and is now one of Toronto’s largest markets running year-round connecting visitors to local and seasonal food.
Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave., Toronto. Limited parking onsite. Take public transit seven days a week on bus 28 Bayview South from Davisville station. For more info, visit www.evergreen.ca
GUELPH ORGANIC CONFERENCE & TRADE SHOW • JAN. 24 TO 27, 2019 Wonder where Farmers and Consumers Meet? Head to the 38th annual Guelph Organic Conference and Trade Show, at the Guelph University Centre. This Free two-day Trade Show (Jan. 26-27) promises a stimulating weekend and organic sampling experience. Connect with certified organic growers, organic product distributors and retailers as well as market garden and permaculture experts. Visit almost 40 organic sampling booths (157 tables) and buy directly from organic food suppliers (chocolate, cheese, jam, miso, coffee, pickles, vegetables, books, and seeds). Don’t forget to bring cash and carry-bags.
Conference participants can choose from 45 workshops including: How to start your Own Organic Small Flock; Organic Maple Syrup Production; How to be an Informed Organic Consumer; Organic Food Fermentation; The Organic Locavore; Organic Garlic Production; Urban Pollinators; Aquaponics and more. Workshop registration opens Nov. 1, 2018. Special events on Fri., Jan. 25, include the Organic Food & Wine Dinner, as well as a Keynote Forum Panel “Women In Organics.
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. Free online resources include the Canadian Seed Library, which lists heritage seeds retailers; and the Seed Index, a searchable inventory of vegetable seeds sold in Canada. Simple seed-saving techniques and seed heritage books are also available for purchase. This is a registered charity that encourages membership and provides tax-receipts for all donations. Members receive Seeds of Diversity magazine, as well as access to the Annual Member Seed Exchange directory.
CANADIAN ORGANIC GROWERS (COG) For more than 40 years, the COG has helped farmers, gardeners, and consumers learn about the benefits of growing and eating organic food. As a non-profit charity, COG works with the federal government and its agencies to ensure better support for – and awareness of – Canada’s organic industry. Donate or volunteer and help COG continue to support consumers and growers of organic food. Local COG chapters host different events including speakers and panel discussions, organic promotions at public events, and farm trips. Toronto chapter participants 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. 8 to 16 – a weeklong national celebration of organic food.
THE ONTARIO ORGANIC DIRECTORY Have you ever wondered where to look for a specific type of local organic product? Want to know if there are any organic farms close to you? Do you run a store, restaurant, or food business with a focus on local and organic, and want to source ingredients or spread the word about your products? Great news: the Ontario Organic Directory is now live, and it’s growing! Built as a way to connect all the links in the organic value chain in Ontario, the directory features a handy map all certified organic businesses in Ontario, as well as businesses that may not be certified, but who participate in the organic value chain.
Know an organic business that should be in the directory? Contact the Organic Council of Ontario: www.organiccouncil.ca/membership or email firstname.lastname@example.org
ORGANIC REGULATIONS Many Ontarians are unaware that under the current regulatory framework, products can legally be labelled and advertised as “organic” in Ontario even if they are not certified organic. In fact, only businesses that are: a) trading their products across provincial borders, and b) using the organic logo, are on the hook to prove their organic certification. When something is advertised as organic, consumers have a right to know if it truly is organic. Unlike other terms, with organics there is a publicly available list of standards and a federally approved certification regime in place. So why, in Ontario, do we not enforce this regime and support organic farms and businesses to ensure that all products labelled organic are certified? The Organic Council of Ontario has been working to amend this gap in legislation. In 2017, with support from NDP MPP Peter Tabuns (Toronto-Danforth) a private members’ Bill was introduced to regulate the use of the term within Ontario – a regulation that already exists in five other provinces. Co-sponsored by PC MPP Sylvia Jones (Dufferin-Caledon), the Bill passed second reading and received support from government, but did not pass third reading before the election was called.
To learn more about organic regulations in Ontario, read the article at http://organiccouncil.ca/regulation To receive future updates on the campaign for organic regulation, sign up for their e-newsletter at www.organiccouncil.ca
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