Links We Like
Farming and Food Issues
“The National Farmers Union in Ontario promotes policies that will revitalize agriculture in Ontario by strengthening family farms. On local, national and international levels, the NFU advocates alternative structures and government policies that resist corporate control of food. With farmers and consumers, NFU works to encourage vibrant rural communities, environmentally sustainable practices and the production of safe, wholesome food.”
Seeds of Diversity
Seeds of Diversity is a Canadian organization that works to conserve biodiversity and traditional knowledge of foods and other plants. They offer great information on non-hybrid heritage seeds and seed saving. They also facilitate seed sharing among growers across Canada.
La Via Campesina is an international movement of peasants, small- and medium-sized producers, landless, rural women, indigenous people, rural youth and agricultural workers. They defend peasant and family farm-based production; people\’s food sovereignty (i.e., the right of peoples, countries, and state unions to define their agricultural and food policy without the “dumping” of agricultural commodities into foreign countries); and decentralized food production and supply chains, where the people are in control of production, processing, distribution and consumption.
Food Secure Canada
Food Secure Canada is non-profit organization and national voice for the food security movement in Canada, based on three interlocking commitments to: Zero Hunger; Healthy and Safe Food; A Sustainable Food System.
Ecological Farmers of Ontario (EFO)
The EFO offers programs and education to promote ecological agriculture, increase public awareness of ecological farming methods, and bring together those who are concerned about these issues. The EFO runs courses and workshops, coordinates farm tours and kitchen table meetings, publishes a newsletter, and more.
Canadian Organic Growers
COG is a charitable organization comprised of thirteen chapters across Canada. Their members include farmers, gardeners, processors, retailers, educators, policy-makers, and consumers. COG publishes a magazine, works on policy issues, and runs a fantastic lending library with free mail service. The local chapters host events.
Soil And Health Library
The Soil and Health Library offers a free digitalized library of books on traditional forms of organic and sustainable agriculture, as well as other health-determined approaches to growing food, what they call “holistic” or “radical agriculture”. Tapping into this wealth of knowledge from the past, they claim: “the wisest student learns from the originators of a body of knowledge”.
Journey to Forever
Journey to Forever has a great collection of books and resource suggestions on topics of agriculture for small farmers, specifically topics of organics, soil management, sustainable farming, food storage and preservation, livestock, pasture, aquaculture, composting, weed and pest control. Some of the information is available on line; some is recommended for purchase elsewhere.
Atlantic Canada Organic Regional Network
ACORN is a non-profit organization that promotes organic agriculture by facilitating information exchange between organizations and individuals; coordinating non-formal education; and networking with interested parties regionally and nationally.
ATTRA provides information and other technical assistance to farmers, educators, and those involved in sustainable agriculture in the United States. It was formerly known as the \”Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas\” project.
The Rodale Institute
The Rodale Institute is located on a 333 acre certified organic farm in Pennsylvania, devoted to research, education and organic production. They publish fantastic books and resources. Their mission is to “improve the health and well-being of people and the planet”. We have found Rodale’s research and information on organic farming extremely helpful.
Soil Food Web
The Soil Food Web is made up of eight global labs conducting soil tests to show what organisms are present in the soil. The term “soil foodweb” refers to the many beneficial bacteria, fungi, protozoa and nematodes that inhabit our soil and compost. The Soil Food Web states, “Recent discoveries in soil biology show a huge potential to improve current organic, biological and conventional growing and farming and move away from costly synthetic inputs”. Lots of interesting information is available from their site.
The Organic Agriculture pages of the OMAFRA website provide useful information from which we have benefited.