Consumers and Educators

Are you an organic consumer or educator? These resources are available to give you more information about Ontario organics, and share that information with others.

What is Organic?

Organic agriculture is a production method which promotes and enhances biodiversity, protects long-term soil health and reduces the impact of agriculture on climate change by encouraging carbon sequestration in the soil. Learn more! Still have questions? Check out our FAQ.

Find Ontario Organic Products and Businesses

Our Organic Directory map lists all organic producers and processors in the province. You can search by producer and product type to find organic sellers in your area.

Organic is #MoreThanJust a Label

The Organic Council of Ontario has prepared a  #actONorganic and #MoreThanJust series of blog posts and postcards to spread the word about the need for organic regulation while clarifying what organic means, and differentiating it from some “organic-adjacent” claims, such as local and grass-fed.

Organic Week

Canada’s National Organic Week is the country’s annual celebration of organic food, farming and products across the country. Join in on social media, attend an event in your area or take the Organic IQ quiz to test your organic knowledge.

Why Your Food Choices Matter

The Canadian Biotechnology Action Network has created a brochure “Why Your Food Choices Matter,” which provides an introduction to the problem of climate crisis, corporate control and toxic chemicals – and the solution of organic, local and independent food. It also briefly explains genetic engineering, and provides the list of genetically engineered (genetically modified or GM) foods in Canada. It provides information and options for consumers who are seeking food choices that align with their values and vision.

What can we do? The pamphlet lists some important food choices that can support a healthy environment and support farmers who are growing food for a better future.

Order your copies from CBAN here, or download the PDF.

School Resources from the Canadian Organic Growers

  • Check out Canadian Organic Growers’ Organic Activity Book, which includes colouring sheets, educational activities, as well as organic information and recipes. Geared toward children ages 9-99!
  • For answers to commonly asked questions about organic, check out COG’s consumer-oriented FAQ.
  • Growing Up Organic is a garden-based, experimental, curriculum linked and organic educational program for children and youth delivered by COG in the City of Ottawa. The course serves as a part of their #standupfororganics campaign.  

The Rodale Institute Education Resources

The Rodale Institute, based in the United States, is growing the organic movement through rigorous, solutions-based research, farmer training, and consumer education.

  • School Gardening Curriculum: Gardening can offer lessons in everything from science and math to business and finance, which is why we developed My First Garden, a free curriculum for educators of pre-school- and kindergarten-aged children that is easily adapted for elementary-school learners, too.
  • Why purchase organic? Learn the basics of organic production.

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s Organic Products page offers consumers information about Canadian organic regulations, and how to file complaints related to the Canadian Organic Regime.