The Prairie Organic Grains Initiative is a four-year program dedicated to achieving resiliency and stability in the prairie organic sector by focusing on increasing the quantity and quality of organic grains, and developing relationships across organic market value chains.
The Initiative is a partnership with several industry stakeholders across the value chain, including Organic Alberta, SaskOrganics, Manitoba Organic Alliance, Certified Organic Associations of British Columbia (COABC), as well as The Canadian Organic Trade Association (COTA), The Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada (OACC), and The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security. Other Industry Stakeholders include Organic Processors, Brokers, Buyers and Certification Bodies.
Total project funding is $2.2 Million: Western Economic Diversification $1.2 Million; Industry $890,000; Provinces $30,000. Key industry funders include: The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security, Grain Millers, Nature’s Path Foods, Growers International, General Mills, Dave’s Killer Bread, PHS Organics, FW Cobs, Shafer Commodities, Organic Federation of Canada (OFC), OACC and Clif Bar & Company.
By working together with farmers, researchers, government, NGOs, processors, brokers, buyers, and certification bodies, the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative is bringing together the organic community across the Prairies to achieve the common goal of resiliency in the sector.
For more information on projects, resources for farmers, and activities, please check out the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative Update – Winter 2016.
For additional resources, check out the following organic provincial organizations’ websites:
Interested in transitioning to organics? Check out:
If you have any questions, comments, or feedback for the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative, contact us at 587-521-2400.
Or email us at:
Iris Vaisman, Optimization Stream
Karen Snethun, New Grower Transition Stream
Cari Hartt, Market Development Stream
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