De Dell Seeds is proud to be a family owned and operated seed corn company, specializing in Non-GMO and Organic seed corn.
Golden Acres Farm
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Gadshill, Ontario, Canada
We sell our seed garlic at the Stratford Garlic Festival, the Toronto Garlic Festival, mail orders and farm gate. Contact us for our descriptive catalog in PDF and to ask any questions. Buckwheat is sold mainly as a cover crop for farmers and gardeners. Pick up at our farm or possible delivery.
Please feel free to place an order on our website, by calling one of our friendly sales representatives, or by mailing in our order form from our catalog.
High Mowing Organic Seeds is an independently-owned, farm-based seed company dedicated to supporting sustainable agriculture and providing farmers and gardeners with the highest quality certified organic seed.
Hope Seeds is a small but committed seed company, with a dedication to local and sustainable agriculture since our beginning in 1993. We offer certified organic and sustainably-grown, heritage and open-pollinated garden seed. We’re committed to high quality, organic growing, and local food.
Founded in 1928 in Montreal, initially under the name W.H. Perron, NORSECO is today one of the most important distributors of vegetable and flower seeds, as well as horticultural products, in Canada. Dominion Seed House takes care of all the needs of home gardeners for flower and vegetable seed as well as for gardening tools trough its mail and Internet catalogues. Our organic vegetable seed line is available since 2005.
2428 Old Hwy 99 South Road, Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Check out our online store at the link above. You can also request a catalog and order over the phone – 360-424-SEED (7333).
Osborne Seed Company is celebrating our 30th year of serving the agricultural community! Catering to the needs of our growers is what drives our whole business; impacting how we source seed, do variety trials, share resources and information, and provide customer service. Give us a call, we may be the wealth of information you need! If you want more info, check out our trial blog: http://vegtrials.blogspot.com
Order through our on-line store, or down-line an order form from our web site and fax it to 416.504.7426. Or give us a call and we will happily take your order in person.
Urban Harvest Organic Seeds was founded in 1997 to supply heirloom vegetable seedlings to urban gardeners. In 1999 we added 25 varieties of heirloom seeds. Since then we have expanded to over 380 varieties. We grow some of our seed ourselves in Schomberg, ON and in our greenhouses. We also contract several farms to grow seed for us. Our mission has always been to grow the highest quality open-pollinated organic seed in order to protect our food diversity.
Contact phone number 604.952.8820 or 1888.804.8820
Supplier Location Delta, British Columbia
Ordering instructions/details Order on-line 24/7, phone (open 7 days a week Jan 15 – May 15 each year) or fax 604.952.8828
Supplier Description West Coast Seeds established in 1983, with over 1,100 varieties of veggies, herbs, fruit, flowers, as well as microgreens, sprouts and new for 2019 Certified Organic cover crops. Canadian family owned with a passion to help farms and gardeners grow 12 months a year.
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Dr. David M. Amudavi, executive director of the Nairobi, Kenya-headquartered Biovision Africa Trust,
told a session on global trends in organic that while conventional
agriculture remained the major focus across the continent, more interest
was now being shown in organic.
“The space for organic has historically been limited, but research
has demonstrated very effectively that organic farming can contribute to
increased yields and lower cost of inputs of production,” Amudavi said.
He added that “important new initiatives|” were also demonstrating
organic “important contribution to climate change mitigation”.
Amudavi said that the amount of organic farming in Africa remains
modest. Organic land in the 10 countries on the continent with the
highest amount of organic farming totals around 2 million hectares,
world by 789,000 producers (with Tunisia, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia and
Keyna taking the top five positions).
Amudavi says the that more research and improved data capture is needed. “We need the type of research effort that made the Green Revolution happen. We don’t want to be activists – we want to present the research evidence, the economic argument for organic. If the case is strong and supported by research we are less vulnerable to criticism. We need to get beyond the question that policy-makers so often ask, ‘can organic feed the continent?’.”
As it begins its 40th year, the Organic Research Centre (ORC) – the
UK’s leading independent organic research body – has moved to new
The relocation to Trent Lodge in Cirencester follows a rethink of the
charity’s business model since the departure of long-standing CEO Nic
Lampkin last year.
The decision was made to sell the ORC’s previous headquarters, Elm
Farm near Newbury, with the aim that proceeds would provide long-term
stability, a source of investment income for core funding, and scope to
invest in the organisation for the future.
The new premises are situated next to the Royal Agricultural University (RAU), which will help boost the ORC’s industry relations and collaborative activities as well as providing a base for research.
Editorial Note from CCFSH:
Across the country, Agriculture Canada has 20 Research farms. Two in each western province, four in Ontario, four in Quebec and one in each of the Eastern provinces.
According to Agriculture Canada, the jewel in Ottawa, 1150 acres in the middle of the city, called the Central Experimental Farm uses chemicals on 95 to 98 % of the farm.
The people of Canada have a unique opportunity to build a better, healthier business plan. These research facilities, taken over by a volunteer Board of Directors could produce ‘ Organic, Permaculture and Greenhouse Research and Education Centres to provide fiirst class organic research facilities for school children to learn first hand about the wonders of growing safe, healthy food. This is a win/win if we can out maneuver the marriage of Big Agra and the Federal Government control.
This was a big dream of Dr. Shiv Chopra. To do this, it has to be sooner than later. In places like Ottawa, they have already earmarked 70 acres for a hospital and the city developers are drooling over the rest of the Central Experimental Farm.
A Boston hospital is
growing 7,000 pounds of organic vegetables on its rooftop farm as part
of its mission to show that food really is medicine, writes Michael
David Maffeo, senior director of support services was one of the people behind the rooftop farm idea at Boston’s Medical Centre (BMC) in Massachusetts; It is known as a ‘safety-net’ hospital because it mainly serves lower income and elderly patients.
He says: “ I was sitting with my boss and we were talking about the Preventative Food Pantry, a scheme where we introduce poorer people to good food for free for a certain time. I said wouldn’t it be great to grow organic food for our own patients, as well as supplying The Pantry. All organic. No pesticides.”
“I said wouldn’t it be great to grow organic food for our own patients, as well as supplying The Pantry. All organic. No pesticides”
The plan was agreed by the hospital’s Office of Development, and
within just a year and a half the first crops were being sown – and soon
afterwards harvested. That was 2017. That first year they produced
5,000 pounds (2,600 kilos) of produce. It has since increased to nearly
The farm was designed and installed by roof top growing specialists in Boston-based green roof design specialist Recover.
Milk crate growing containers The first challenge was the insufficient strength of the hospital’s
existing roof to hold the amount of soil needed for a successful growing
The cost to the rebuild the roof was put at $200,000. To fund this
crucial part of the project, the hospital made successful approaches to a
local philanthropist, so circumventing normal budgetary constraints.
Once finished it provided 7,000 square feet of growing space. The next
thing needed were containers in which to grow the food. It was decided
that milk crates were the best – and most available for the job. Evens
so, 2,400 of them were needed. Maffeo admits: “We lent on one of our
partners to provide them!”
The hospital has done extensive work around sustainability. Research has shown that the life expectancy of the roof farm can be up to 40 years. Particular attention is given to reducing greenhouse gases. On the roof farm, each milk crate is watered through a hosepipe system that runs separately through a device into each crate. It is a strictly metered system that is designed stop functioning when it detects local rainfall.
The hospital is ambitious about expanding the farm, which as well as
producing healthy food crops, also places an important role in teaching
media staff about food’s role as a medicine. It’s one of the first
things students learn about on arrival.
Changing attitudes to food Maffeo explains the changing attitudes in America towards food and health: “Food has come a long way in the United States. I’ve worked in a hospital kitchen. Now I only buy fresh fish, locally caught. And I’ll only buy grain-free beef. These are all big changes in our attitude to food, and how it is grown. At the farm here, we grow 25 different types of vegetables and salad produce. Everything from tomatoes to carrots and peppers. There farm also makes honey from beehives, which yield around 150lbs of honey a year.
Lindsey Allan (pictured) is the farm manager, with the job of
planting and organising the whole growing process. She went straight to
work on a farm when she left High School, and found that she enjoyed it.
She says that she has never had any interest in chemicals-based farming, and had a background as a keen organic gardener.
Every farm she was involved in over the years was organic, and she is always acutely aware of climate change. She admits to some initial scepticism about the concept of BMC’s too farm, particularly the because the milk crate containers would not allow development of a normal root system.
But she settled on compost based soil, as composting companies found
that living soil was important. It was provided by Vermont Compost,
which is organic approved. She explains: “We got all the soil up there,
already in the milk crates. It took six hours, and we took it to the
second floor in the freight lift, and then volunteers took it to the roof site”.
Demonstrating how tech is is helping to make farming more sustainable, she points out that she controls the watering system from her phone or computer, allowing her switch irrigation on or off remotely.
As for the actual growing of the food, she says: “Most things grow
well. You want a continual harvest, things that are in the ground for as
little time as possible – pak-choi would be a good example. I don’t do
one time harvest crops, like broccoli, cabbage or potatoes. I have to
think what I can get out of every square inch. Some crops work better
than others. For example, we found that green beans were labour
intensive for us and the kitchen. We grow what the chefs want and they
are pretty flexible. We can only provide a small amount of the food they
are serving. Salad stuff is the most popular, cherry tomatoes, radishes
and so on”.
World’s healthiest population ambition She discusses crop choice and planning with the hospital dieticians, who have encouraged her to grow spinach and kale. She says that now that the farm is up and running, she would love another roof, and suggests this could happen in the coming years as everyone is so happy with the results so far.
Because the growing is confined to milk crates it is not surprising
to hear that she uses the no till method adding: “You hands are your
power tools. No till means using your hands more. Although she says that
gardeners are useful to work with, it really does need a farmer to be
in control, because you need a volume of production of food, and you
have to set targets for this.
For David David Maffeo, BMC’s organic roof farm forms part of wider, bigger ambitions. These, he says, are nothing short of “making Boston the healthiest population in the world”.
Rather than focusing on the presence of pesticide residues, the new test looks at how organic crops are fertilised, which the Danish researchers say offers a “deeper, more accurate” analysis of whether an organic food label is accurate.
Having an alternative, or complementary, verification test will help maintain confidence in organic at a time when organic fraud has become a significant problem in some parts of the world.
“Nobody really knows the extent of this type of fraud, but we have seen bad examples from abroad that extend well beyond organic products. Rice made of plastic, wine with toxins, artificial honey, etc. There is not always a health risk associated with food fraud, but it is clear that when you pay a higher price, you expect the product that you are paying for. And, of course, honest producers must be protected,” says assistant professor Kristian Holst Laursen.
“While a major eco-labelling scandal has yet to occur in Denmark, we often forget that our diet is sourced globally, and that our foods are often imported from countries where problems have been documented. For example, in southern Europe, where a large quantity of organic fruits and vegetables are sourced,”
Kristian Holst Laursen’s research group is currently working with the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration and the method is said to be ready for further testing, approval and use by public agencies and commercial interests.