There will be a second Organic Science Cluster: Minister Gerry Ritz, of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, made the official announcement yesterday, August 12 2014, on the Agricultural Campus of Dalhousie University, in Truro, where is now located the Organic Agriculture Center of Canada.
The Organic Science Cluster II (OSCII) will be managed by the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada at Dalhousie University in collaboration with the Organic Federation of Canada, the industry applicant. The Organic Science Cluster II is supported by over 65 contributing partners and it includes 37 research Activities. The OSCII also includes collaborating researchers from over 36 research institutions across Canada.
“We, organic producers and processors, are very happy with the announcement of the Organic Science Cluster II, as we will have over 135 researchers from over 40 Canadian institutions helping us improving the yield of our crops, recycling our resources, having a better control of our weeds, taking better care of our farm animals, in order to offer quality food to Canadian consumers and to consumers in countries where our organic products are exported”, commented Tim Livingstone, representing the OFC at the announcement.
Tim added that “This is fantastic to discover how organic production can be improved through scientific research targeting organic production under the Canadian climate and agronomic background, while allowing organic farmers and processors to continue developing food production practices that remain sustainable and compliant with the Canadian Organic Standards regulated by the federal government”.
The Canadian Organic Growers (COG) and the International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA) are hosting a Basic Organic Processing Inspection Training in Toronto/Mississauga, Ontario from November 10th to 14th 2014; deadline to apply is September 26th.
This course is a comprehensive training on the Canadian Organic Standards with four days of instruction which includes a field trip to a certified organic operation and a half-day for testing. This training is for people looking to become organic verification officers, operators and managers at organic food processing facilities, and others such as certification agency staff, regulators, industry consultants, and educators.
Come and enjoy a day of hands on herbal learning with Fiddlehead Herbals. The day will be hosted in a gorgeous Strawbale home with a walk through the natural gardens at lunch.
The day will focus on learning about basic herbal care, types of herbal preparations and hands on preparation of a herbal infused oil for soreworking muscles, herbal tincture for your medicine cabinet, tea/ infusions, herbal salve for bumps and bruises, and a nourishing immune boosting infused vinegar just in time for the cold season!
Includes organic lunch and snacks, digital copies of learning material and your own DIY salve and immune boosting vinegar.