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Tag : Organic farming (5)

Local creamery goes back to basics

Recorder & Times / Heddy Sorour / 30 January 2021

He’s the visionary; she’s the facilitator who helps get things done, she says.

Ellen and Josh Biemond are the brains and the brawn behind Biemond Upper Canada Creamery, a small dairy production and processing business in Iroquois that has taken North Grenville by storm.

“It’s organic, grass fed and local and it’s good value,” said Jim Beveridge, owner of B&H Your Community Grocer in Kemptville, the first retailer to carry Upper Canada Creamery products. “We actually do quite well with their products; they have a loyal following.”

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Former Homestead flagship to set sail as Greenside Organics

Eastern Ontario AgriNews / Tom Van Dusen / 31 July 2019

The sidelined Berwick organic feed mill is expected to be up and running under new ownership by September.

Former flagship of the collapsed Homestead Organics operation, the mill will also have a new name: Greenside Organics. The name change isn’t a slight on Homestead, said buyer Peter Jegachandran; legal issues require new company identification.

While Jegachandran has limited agricultural experience, he does own cropland which he leases to conventional farmers. A businessman involved in software development and commercial storage, he sees tremendous future potential in the organics sector and in the Berwick facility.

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Farming hub Homestead Organics going out of business

CBC News / Matthew Kupfer / 07 April 2018

A major organic seed, feed and milling company headquartered in eastern Ontario is going to close its doors after hitting financial trouble in the fierce of a more competitive industry.

Tom Manley, president of Homestead Organics, said the 30-year-old company will be closing its doors in a matter of days because of pressure from its creditors and banks.

“We know we are closing, that’s for sure. Our last week will be a question of clearing out remaining inventory,” Manley said.

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Organic farming and climate change

Homestead Organics / Tom Manley / 20 October 2017

Changes in soil organic carbon (SOC) stocks significantly influence the atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration. According to a study published by the National Academy of Sciences, agriculture is one of the main causes of the depletion of carbon in the soil and the increased presence of carbon in our atmosphere.

In September 2017, a new study, implemented by the Northeastern University and the Organic Center, demonstrates that organic agricultural practices build healthy soils and can be a part of the solution in the fight of global warming.

To evaluate how organic farming affects the soils ability to capture carbon and keep it out of the atmosphere, the study measured over 1000 soil samples (conventional and organic soils) from across the United States. One of its most compelling findings is that on average, organic farmers have 44% higher levels of humic acids – substances of soils that sequester carbon over the long term compared to soils not managed organically.

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Organic farmers are not anti-science – that’s genetic engineers

The Ecologist / Elizabeth Henderson / 24 May 2016

red clover cover cropThose opposed to the mass release of GM crops and foods inadequately tested for health and ecological safety are routinely accused of being anti-science, writes Elizabeth Henderson. But it’s the GM corporations and their academic allies that are suppressing scientific research, and organic farmers that are building alliances with independent scientists for a future of safe, healthy food.

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