We hope everyone enjoyed Organic Week 2012
Here are some of the events that were held in the Ottawa region:
1. Guided Tour of the New Bridgehead Roastery, Wednesday, September 26th, 6:00pm.
2. Screening of DIRT! The Movie: The story of Earth’s most valuable and under-appreciated source of fertility- from its miraculous beginning to its crippling degradation; Thursday, September 27th at 7:00pm; Pressed Café, 750 Gladstone Ave. in Ottawa.
3. “Preserving Our Past For Our Future” community garden project celebration on Tuesday, September 25th at 4:30pm, at the Hamilton Crescent Community Garden, 650 Hamilton Crescent behind Unit #60, Cornwall, Ontario. The attached invitation provides details and contact information.
You can listen to an interview on CKCU radio with COG OSO’s Organic Week coordinator, Stephanie Lane – it starts at about 8:50 on this recording.
Other ways to participate in Organic Week:
- Stop by your local farmers’ market and buy some local organic produce. Talk to the farmer to find out if he or she uses principles of organic farming.
- Check out the Where to Buy page on organicweek.ca to find out which of your local businesses are participating in Organic Week 2012! Be sure to support organics with the power of your choices in products!
- Plan to grow your own: start a veggie patch, put in a cold frame, share some seeds
- Volunteer at a community garden or for an organization like Canadian Organic Growers!
- Support a grower: buy from local organic growers (list available at http://cog.ca/ottawa/organic-food-directory/) or support an organic Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm
- Speak up: Add your voice to the conversation about organic food
- Keep informed: Learn about organic food and farming – you can start at COG-Ottawa’s webpage where you’ll find plenty of information about organics in the Resources/Media tab
- Ask your local grocer, health food store and your favourite restaurant how they plan to celebrate Organic Week
- Hold a potluck of local organic food and vote on the tastiest dishes
Organic Week 2012 was September 22-29, across Canada. This event was launched by COG and COTA in 2010 as a national celebration of all things organic, and in 2012 COG is a supporter organization. Many activities are organized at the local and regional level by COG Chapters.
So it’s Organic Week – what’s the big deal about organic food?
- For you: eat more nutrients, less chemicals
- For the animals: grown more naturally with dignity
- For the ecosystem: increase biodiversity at all levels
- For the environment: decrease toxic overload
- For others: improve working conditions for those who produce our food
- For you again: all the above reasons
2012 Steering Committee Liaison: Lloyd Strachan. Organic Week Committee for COG-Ottawa: Stephanie Lane (Coordinator), Telsing Andrews, Lloyd Strachan.