#OrganicClimateSolutions

On-Farm Natural Habitats: What They Are and Why They Matter

With so many external stressors threatening our natural ecosystems, some farmers have turned to rebuilding or preserving natural spaces on their farmland. If done correctly, this practice can prove enormously beneficial to the farm and its surrounding environment. So what kinds of natural landscapes can farmers rebuild, and what kind of care will these new spaces require?

Small Grain Buyers Meet and Greet

Grains are extremely valuable to organic farmers—they can serve as a main crop, as feed or as a cover crop to reduce weeds and build soil health. At the EFAO conference’s Grain Buyers Meet and Greet, sponsored by the Organic Council of Ontario, organic small grain growers from across Ontario’s organic sector had the opportunity  to network and address some of the most common questions and concerns regarding small grain production and marketing.

Ecological Innovations On Regenerative and Organic Farms

Each organic or regenerative farm is as unique as the farmers who keep it running, especially when it comes to dealing with organic agriculture’s most infamous challenge: weeds. Read on to learn how five organic Ontario-based farmers and researchers use different approaches to achieve this goal in weed management.

Building Strength Through Biodiversity: How Can Farmers Cash In?

Regardless of size or location, farms are closely connected to their surrounding environment—through the soil, water systems, insects and wildlife. All organisms within an ecosystem depend on each other, and the healthiest ecosystems contain a wide range of species that interact in diverse and mutually beneficial ways. Agro-biodiversity tries to mimic natural species diversity by increasing the variety of crops and other organisms in a single farming system. It offers farmers many useful tools to improve soil health and reduce reliance on inputs without sacrificing profits. Having more species working together creates more stable farming systems that are resilient against harsh conditions like severe weather, pests and disease.

Soil and Climate Change

Organic regenerative farming is all about soil, and there is a growing body of fascinating research revealing critical information about the role soil can play in responding to the climate crisis. With this information gaining more and more attention as the climate crisis worsens, many consumers are asking: What’s so special about dirt and what are the links between soil and climate change?