“Big Organic”: Threat or Opportunity?

February 10, 2016


Big Organic

I’m proud of the growth in the organic sector. According to the Organic Trade Association, organic sales in the United States have increased from $3.6 billion in  1997 to over $39 billion in 2014. This double-digit rate of growth holds true for Canada, too, which is now the fourth-largest organic market in the world. This […]

Posted in: Agriculture, Food, Organic

What Story Does “License to Farm” Tell?

January 29, 2016


Social license needs to be earned, not demanded or expected...Our diverse agricultural community has the capacity, the opportunity, and the responsibility to meet a diversity of consumer demands.

Posted in: Agriculture, Food

Trading Places: Two farmers step out of their comfort zones

December 18, 2015


Rob (far left) onstage with Sarah Schultz, Jayson Merkley, and Rob Saik at the Farm Forum Event. (photo by Meakin Farms (@meakinag), used with permission)

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to step across the “conventional/organic divide”? During the first week of December, we (Jen Christie and Rob Wallbridge) did just that. Rob (an organic vegetable grower) had been invited to speak on a social media panel at Agri-trend’s Farm Forum Event in Saskatoon, SK; an annual […]

Posted in: Agriculture, Organic

Infographic: Weed Control Strategies

May 27, 2015


Weed control strategies

I get asked a lot about how organic farmers control weeds without the use of herbicides. (And with the rise and spread of herbicide-resistant weeds, the issue is on the mind of many conventional farmers, too.) Some naturally assume that in the absence of herbicides, hand-weeding or deep tillage, along with all the drawbacks of […]

Posted in: Agriculture, Organic

Wordless Wednesday: Kids & trees both grow up fast!

May 13, 2015


     Same people (me and my daughter), same trees (cedars), same location (roadside on the farm). What a difference nine years make!

Is Organic Farming Anti-Science?

April 16, 2015


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Originally posted on In Udder News...:
This question has been weighing on my mind recently. For the past several weeks, I’ve read several different opinions and assumptions that farming organically means that scientific knowledge and research is thrown out the window. I’ve also heard opinions that organic farming is not as innovative as conventional farming.…

Posted in: Agriculture

New MacDonald, Old Divisions?

March 2, 2015



Here's the real irony: campaigns like "New MacDonald" threaten to alienate the very people the organic sector needs most right now: farmers. In my opinion, it's time to start building bridges, not digging trenches.

Posted in: Agriculture

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