Happy Organic Week!

by: EJ on 09/23/2013
Posted in: Events



This September 21-28 marks the fourth annual Canadian Organic Week. Across the country, Canadians will come together to celebrate the fastest growing food and agriculture sector in the country: organics.

Coordinated by Canadian Organic Growers, the Canadian Health Food Association and the Canada Organic Trade Association, Organic Week is celebrated through a variety of public events, farm tours and workshops dedicated to informing consumers of the health and ecological benefits of choosing organic products.

"Canadians want to know how their food is produced and where it comes from" said Ashley St Hilaire, Director of Operations of Canadian Organic Growers "Organic is a sure way to know your product is sustainably and ecologically produced".

"The regulations and strict organic standards give Canadians the peace of mind that when they see the Canada Organic logo they are not only investing in their health but they can feel confident they are purchasing products made without the use of toxic chemicals, which support sustainable environmentally friendly practices and animal welfare," added Helen Sherrard, president of the Canadian Health Food Association.

Recent research has shown Canada's organic market is currently worth $3.7 billion, and has tripled in value since 2006, despite the impact of the recession over the wider economy. "Our study shows that 58% of all Canadians purchase organic every week" said Matthew Holmes, Executive Director of the Canada Organic Trade Association, "more and more consumers are choosing organic products every day, and the Canada organic logo makes it easy to do so".

Organic Week events will take place from Newfoundland to British Columbia and will range from movie screenings to farm-tours. Many retailers and farmers markets will also use the week as an opportunity to showcase organic products and educate consumers. To find more about Organic Week events or where to find them in your area, please visit www.organicweek.ca




New Society Publishers is a proud sponsor of the Canadian Organic Grower's Organic Week event, a screening of the documentary, The Vanishing of the Bees, narrated by Ellen Page.  This influential documentary examines the alarming disappearance of honeybees and the greater meaning it holds about the relationship between mankind and Mother Earth. Immediately following the film there will be an expert panel discussion and Q&A. Susan Chan, an expert on pollinators will host this event and moderate the discussion to follow with Julie White a certified organic beekeeper and Brent Halsall a commercial beekeeper and inspector.  September 26, 2013, Taggart Family Y, RBC Room, 180 Argyle Ave, Ottawa.  Doors open at 6:30pm, film starts at 7pm followed by Expert Panel Discussion at 8:15pm.  Admission is free and donations are encouraged. Enter at the event to win a copy of The Thinking Beekeeper: A Guide to Natural Beekeeping in Top Bar Hives by Christy Hemenway.



Events for the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island

Oak Street Farmers' Market Celebrates National Organic Week!
949 W 49th Avenue V5Z 2T1, Vancouver, BC
Wednesday, September 25th from 3-7 pm

We love organic food and truly believe that the farmers who choose to practice sustainable farming methods and the chefs, bakers, businesses and people who choose to support organic food should be celebrated! We are Metro Vancouver's only farmers' market with all Certified Organic fresh produce, meat and eggs and we are so excited to be a part of such a wonderful celebration! For Organic Week we will be holding the following events during our weekly farmers' market on Wednesday, September 25th: -- Zucchini Races on our own hand-made race-track from 3-7 pm using Organic Zucchinis donated from Forstbauer Family Natural Food Farm! -- A scavenger hunt around our farmers' market focusing on organic food and sustainable farming! Can't make it? No problem! Celebrate organic food with us every Wednesday from 3-7 pm by supporting our BC Organic Farmers until October 30th!

Nanoose Edibles Certified Organic Farm Celebrates Organic Week
1960A Stewart Rd Nanoose Bay BC V9P 9E7
Sept 24 at 1pm-3pm

Students from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition will come and learn about the history of Nanoose Edibles, certification process(Certified Organic), fall pollinators, cleaning seeds, seasons and preparation for next year. Schools are welcome to come for a tour at our Certified Organic Farm - please contact us to arrange a time and date . For more information contact: neorg@telus.net

Ross Mountain Farm Organic Week Contest
75 Petersen Road Campbell River BC V9W 3H1

Submit your answer to the question: Why do you choose organic foods? One name will be drawn from a hat on Sept 28th. The prize is an autographed copy of the cookbook, Blueberries: Wild and Tame by Ann Kask.


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