Logo represents local, organic

What started as a support group for aspiring organic farmers has turned into an innovative model.

What started as a support group for aspiring organic farmers has turned into an innovative model that has excited organic growers across British Columbia.

The collective was recently asked to present its logo to the annual general meeting of the Certified Organic Association of BC (COABC) in Vernon.

The presentation was extremely well received and groups of farmers from across the province have stated that they’ll use the logo as a template for their own regional food statement.

The Comox Valley Organic Collective formed in 2012 to exchange information, dialogue about issues in the Valley, and brainstorm about possible solutions.

A dozen farmers from Black Creek to Fanny Bay and Denman Island are the founders. Together, they developed the Produced Organically Grown in the Comox Valley logo that was revealed at the Comox Valley Farmers’ Market during Organic Week last September.

All of these farmers are certified by a third party who checks to ensure that all the inputs that are used in production are free of pesticides, that no synthetic fertilizers are used, and that no contamination from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) happens during the growing year.

In Vernon, Carmen Wakeling of Eatmore Sprouts, Moss Dance of Ripple Farm, and Arzeena Hamir of Amara Farm presented the logo to a large crowd at the COABC conference. Afterwards, a lively discussion ensued where farmers from the North Okanagan, Fraser Valley, and Interior all asked how they could adapt the logo for each of their region.

“The logo represents the marriage of two ideals: local and organic,” states Carmen. “We were tired of hearing that customers had to sacrifice one over the other. Here in the Comox Valley, we can have both!”

From the encouraging response of the other growers across B.C., the idea will spread to other regions very soon.

Residents can find the Comox Valley Organically Grown logo at participating stalls in the Comox Valley Farmers’ Market. The collective is also developing stickers that can be used on produce bags in retail stores.

“This was a simple idea that has helped overcome a very complex problem,” concludes Moss. “We spent a great deal of time designing the logo to get all the parts right and now other farmers can benefit from our work.”

For more information, contact Carmen Wakeling at eatmorecarmen@gmail.com or 250-338-4860.

— Comox Valley Organic Collective

Just Posted

27th Annual Courtenay and District Fish & Game Outdoor Show coming in June

June is just around the corner and so is the 27th Annual… Continue reading

Vacancies on Courtenay Board of Variance

The City of Courtenay is seeking new members for an important volunteer… Continue reading

No injuries in early morning Comox car fire

Comox firefighters responded to an early morning vehicle fire Monday near the… Continue reading

New version of outdoor art show set to take place in Comox in August

Despite the announcement earlier this year of the cancellation of the Originals… Continue reading

Tales from MusicFest: ‘House bands’ from the golden age of rock and R&B

Robert Moyes Special to The Record Doug Cox, artistic director and executive… Continue reading

‘Teams that win are tight’: B.C. Lions search for chemistry at training camp

The Lions added more than 50 new faces over the off-season, from coaching staff to key players

New book from Island author details social history of the E&N railway

Along the E&N tells the story of 32 establishments from Esquimalt to Campbell River.

Should B.C. already be implementing province-wide fire bans?

A petition is calling for B.C. Wildfire Service to issue a ban to reduce risk of human caused wildfires

Growing wildfire prompts evacuation of High Level, Alta.

Chuckegg Creek fire has been burning for several day, but grew substantially Sunday

Top women’s hockey player Natalie Spooner coming to B.C.

Natalie Spooner special guest at annual Grindstone charity weekend in Kelowna

Take-home drug testing kits latest pilot to help curb B.C.’s overdose crisis

Researchers look to see if fentanyl testing could be a useful tool for those who use drugs alone

Facebook takes down anti-vaxxer page that used image of late Canadian girl

Facebook said that the social media company has disabled the anti-vaccination page

Search crews rescue kids, 6 and 7, stranded overnight on Coquitlam mountain

Father and two youngsters fall down a steep, treacherous cliff while hiking Burke Mountain

Raptors beat Bucks 118-112 in 2OT thriller

Leonard has 36 points as Toronto cuts Milwaukee’s series lead to 2-1

Most Read