Why Transition to Organic Farming?

Strong consumer demand

Canadian organic farmers can’t fill current demand.  As you know, profit exists in an economy where there is high demand and low supply.  That’s why switching now makes sense.  The organic industry has spent millions educating consumers and they are responding with their wallets.  Organic food and beverage sales are the fastest growing sector in agri-food today.

*Source Canada Organic Trade Association

Organic Production in the Prairies is increasing

You can read some interesting organic production facts, broken down by prairie province in the 2017 Statistics Report put out by the Canadian Organic Trade Association (COTA) and Prairie Organic Grain Initiative (POGI), located here.

Transitioning has never been easier

There has never been a better time to enter organic farming than right now! There is more help and knowledge available than ever before.  This means the switch from a conventional operation to an organic one is smoother and easier than ever before.  The resources available to you are plentiful and easy to access.

Interested in learning more about organic grain production?

The Pivot & Grow website will provide you with great information and resources to support you through the transition process. (click on the pivot icon below)

Pivotandgrow

 

Also helpful is the Organic Value Chain Roundtable‘s  Organic Advantage: Transition to higher profits – Field Crops.  This document provides a great overview of  the organic industry in Canada and the things you should take into account when considering transitioning your farm to organic production.

Interested in learning more about organic beef production?

The Organic Value Chain Roundtable published Organic Advantage: Transition to higher profits – Beef Production.  The document provides a great overview of  the organic industry in Canada and the things you should take into account when considering transitioning your farm to organic production.

Interested in learning more about organic vegetable production?

The Organic Value Chain Roundtable published Organic Advantage: Transition to higher profits – Vegetable Production.  The document provides a great overview of  the organic industry in Canada and the things you should take into account when considering transitioning your farm to organic production

Other resources

  • The Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture Crops and Irrigation Branch has prepared some information about planning for your transition period through preparing fertility and weed management strategies. You can access the information here.

 

  • Start your organic transition on a high note. Dr. Martin Entz from the University of Manitoba Natural Systems Agriculture Department has written a good article about preparing adequately for your transition through addressing fertility and weed control so you set yourself up for a successful first organic harvest. You can read the article here.

 

  • Transition to Organics information workshops. SaskOrganics hosts a few of these workshops throughout the year in various locations around the province. These transition workshops provide great information in the areas of:
    • General organic information and certification requirements
    • Agronomics
    • Marketing organic products
    • Which certification body might be best for your operation
    • Testimonies from recently transitioned or long-time organic producers
    • They are also great places to network with other producers!
  • If you are interested in being informed of these and other workshops we host, you may be interested to sign up for our digital newsletter. Email deb@saskorganic.com to join our emailing list!

 

  • Organic farmers: Do you have any organic neighbors that you could reach out to? Organic farmers are often a wonderful resource. Most are very willing to share their experiences, tips, best management practices, and even mistakes with you.

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