Comox Valley event Sept. 24 to celebrate Organic Week in Canada

It’s Organic Week across Canada and Certified Organic Associations of BC (COABC) is hosting a Comox Valley event Sept. 24 from 4-8 p.m. that is sure to be of interest to farmers in the area – all about food trends, marketing organic, and growing your organic business with value-added food.

Speakers include Greg McLaren, managing director of the Business Advisory Team and Candice Appleby, executive director of the Small Scale Food Processors Association.

McLaren will discuss organic marketing/consumer trends.

The organic food industry is growing rapidly and demand continues to increase. What are the key trends, what is changing and who’s buying?

Many consumers are cynical, some are just confused, while a growing group are true loyalists, so this means both opportunity and challenges for those in the business. This presentation offers insights on organic food marketing for local food growers and producers.

Appleby will present Get Ready to Grow! Getting Starting in a Value Added Food Business.

Can you transform food products into something more valuable? Are there buyers out there interested in your products and how can you do business with them? What regulations affect your industry? Is there even a profit to be made?

Answers to these questions and more are part of our learning session on value-added food. This is a free event at the Vancouver Island Visitors Centre in Cumberland.

Organic Week, Sept. 19-27, is the largest annual celebration of organic food, farming, and products across the country.

Hundreds of individual events will showcase the benefits of organic agriculture and its positive impact on health and the environment.

“There are more than 3,700 organic farms in Canada, and 20 million Canadians buy organic weekly,” notes COABC communications officer Darcy Smith.

“As increasing numbers of Canadians turn to organic to improve their health and the health of the planet, Canada’s organic sector offers something to celebrate,” he added.

 

Just Posted

Dog killed by gunshot north of Courtenay – Crime Stoppers

Police seeking help from public after dog found dead near mouth of Oyster River on Nov. 27

VIDEO: 2018 Everybody Deserves a Smile campaign packaging day

Students from throughout the Comox Valley come to Ecole Puntledge Park to help the less fortunate

Valley student’s passion project helping Cumberland forest

It took a little while for Frederica Blouin-Comeau to find her passion… Continue reading

Emailed bomb threat triggers heavy police presence at Comox Valley RV

Heavy police presence could be seen at Comox Valley RV on Ryan… Continue reading

Baby, it’s nasty outside: wind and rain will continue across Vancouver Island

Police warn drivers and pedestrians to use precaution during expected rain and winds

Omar Khadr wants changes to bail conditions

‘My life is held in suspension’, says the former Guantanamo Bay detainee

Sissons scores OT winner as Predators beat Canucks 4-3

VIDEO: Vancouver battles back to earn single point in Nashville

High streamflow advisory in effect across the Island

River Forecast Centre issues advisory as Pacific storms batter the coast

Trapped Vancouver Island crash survivor celebrates second chance at life

“Life is good now. It’s good to be alive.”

Lions announce seven members of coaching staff not coming back for 2019

The operational moves come two days after the Lions announced DeVone Claybrooks as the team’s new head coach

VIDEO: Kitten rescued from under school bus in Duncan

School staff have affectionately called kitten “Axle”

$12K awarded to atheist family who oppose Christmas, Hanukkah in B.C. classroom

Gary Mangel,May Yasue said holidays, Remembrance Day and Valentine’s Day not appropriate in preschool

Coach accused of sexual assault says apology letter was misinterpreted

Dave Brubaker has pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual assault and one count of invitation to sexual touching

Give the gift of nature this holiday season

Please don’t be mad, but I bought you a moose

Most Read