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Organic farming is a form of agriculture that relies on crop rotation, green manure, compost and biological pest control. An organic farmer will still use fertilizers and pesticides, but strictly limits or excludes the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides. The expression, “Feed the soil, not the plant” is a familiar refrain among organic farmers. The organic farmer will also exclude livestock antibiotics, hormones, food additives, human sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, and nanomaterials. Animals are provided with organic feed and allowed access to fresh air and the outdoors.
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Converting your farm from conventional to organic-farming methods is an important decision. Learn what's involved on a yearly basis.
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Becoming a certified organic farm is a lofty goal. It's a big deal and the steps leading up to your actual certification process are many. Before you can start the official certification process, it's wise to follow all the pre-certification steps carefully.
Regardless of your background or financial situation, you can become an organic farmer with the help of these Canadian farming co-ops and agencies.