Regenerative Organic Oats (ROO)

Supporting Canadian Regenerative Organic Oat Supply

Regenerative Organic Oats (ROO) is a three-year pilot project funded by Nature’s Path, Riverside Naturals Foods; producers of the snack brand MadeGood and MGM Seed and Grain that supports and bolsters the growth of the Canadian regenerative organic oats supply in the face of climate change. ROO supports Prairie organic oat growers in adopting regenerative practices and transitioning to regenerative organic management.

Working with COG’s team of science advisors, ROO’s network of Prairie farmers are exposed to regenerative organic oat farming principles and discuss their challenges and successes in farmer to farmer meetings. Educational sessions are a combination of virtual and in person learning and as with COG’s other projects, are being documented for inclusion in an open access platform. COG is also producing videos showcasing the three-year journey with participating farms.

ROO Project Goals

Support farmers as they transition from organic to regenerative organic
By minimizing disruptions during the transition period, developing resources on best practices to be shared widely and creating a farmer-to-farmer network for continued learning and support.

Increase resiliency of oat farming in the face of climate change

Improve on-farm soil fertility and soil health

Increase implementation of regenerative organic practices, farm planning and the domestic supply of regenerative organic certified oats

Work towards improving atmospheric carbon capture and retention in organic farm soils

Address crop pest, weed and disease pressure through regenerative organic

ROO Project Outcomes

  • Creating and maintaining a farmer-to-farmer network to collectively support one another while transitioning to regenerative organic management.
  • Develop iterative and detailed regenerative organic management training material.
  • Individual farm coaching (virtually and in person).
  • Fostering regenerative organic practices that work to increase farm profitability, enhance soil fertility, and carbon sequestration, and be on the leading edge of addressing climate change.

ROO Deliverables

  1. Training material on regenerative organic farming shared widely for maximum impact and uptake by other growers.
  2. On-farm benchmarking procedures that can be used by any farmers transitioning to regenerative organic management.
  3. An ongoing and continually growing farmer-to-farmer network of regenerative organic oat growers.
  4. A more resilient and increased oat supply in the face of climate change.
  5. Videos documenting the project.