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Canadian government invests in organic farming


August 22, 2008
By Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada

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August 22, 2008, Ottawa, Ont. – The Government of Canada is providing organic farmers with $258,000 for a new marketing project.

August 22, 2008, Ottawa, Ont. – The Government of Canada is providing organic farmers with $258,000 for a new marketing project.

The project, called Growing Up Organic, is being provided to the Canadian Organic Growers Inc. (COG) through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s national Advancing Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food Program (ACAAF).

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Growing Up Organic will help organic farmers tap into locally-based markets – such as child care facilities, hospitals and schools – and encourage the transition of conventional farmers and introduce new farmers to organic practices.
 
The project will also help develop regional organic value chains, including producer cooperatives and the infrastructure needed to support local distribution and storage. This will help farmers by providing a high value, secure market and will provide consumers with increased access to regionally grown organic food.


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