Introduction to certified organic farming
challenge is to get your head around [organic farming]. You have to
change your toolbox. You’re not going to be doing the same things as
you did before.”
• Frazer Hunter
Dairy and sheep farmer
Knoydart Farm, NS
Thinking about getting into certified organic farming? Perhaps you
have heard about what certified organic has to offer–new markets, price
premiums, health benefits and more. Whether you are new to farming or
just thinking about switching to organics, this website can be a
valuable tool for you. ACORN’s Organic Path can provide you with the
tools and resources to help plan your next steps.
The Organic Path is based on the experiences of Maritime organic
farmers and the lessons they share. By following the steps in ACORN’s
Organic Path, you will be better prepared to develop your market,
minimize financial risk and prepare for certification challenges.
Working through this website and taking the time to consider the issues
that are raised can help you choose the path that is best for you and
The Organic Path is one of the many educational tools provided by
ACORN, the Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network. ACORN provides a
number of learning opportunities in the form of workshops, conferences,
fact sheets and more. Find out more at www.acornorganic.org.
Next – Why Go Organic?
ACORN’s Organic Path should be a component of your transition plan, in conjunction with the following resources:
- Gaining Ground: Making a Successful Transition to Organic Farming
— In this book, organic farmers from across Canada share their wisdom
on how to make a successful transition to organic farming, including
information on growing methods, certification and marketing. Published
by the Canadian Organic Growers (COG) and available from COG, Canadian
Farm Business Management Council and ACORN.
- Newfarm — free online course on making the transition to organic agriculture.
- HowToGoOrganic.com — the Organic Trade Association’s online collection of resources for farmers considering making the transition to organic.