GFM Network News


In the quest for ever-more production, have we lost our way?

Farmers in the developing world are impoverished while producers here 
are taking on ever-higher levels of debt

Reading Time: 3 minutes I strongly believe that our focus in the future should be on the nutrient density of plants and biodiversity. Pushing our soils to produce more is terminal because there is burnout of the soil and the plant, along with financial harm to the farmer. Instead, we should look at soil health, seed health with nutrient […] Read more

Tweeting about your local produce and sustainable practices ticks a lot of boxes for millennials.

Millennials — how to cater to the new majority

The age cohort now in their late teens to early 30s will be the majority by 2050

Reading Time: 2 minutes When it comes to targeting millennials, emphasize sustainability and ethical business practices, as well as convenience and flavour variety. In 2015, there were 9.5 million Canadians between the ages of 15 and 34 years old. “As a group, they’re more ethnically diverse and well educated than any previous generation,” said Ava Duering, a competitiveness analyst […] Read more


Hand going through the field

Apprenticeships available for aspiring organic farmers

Application deadline is Jan. 31

Reading Time: < 1 minute Young Agrarians, a program of Organic Alberta, is growing the next generation of farmers through a new apprenticeship program in 2017. The program is intended to help aspiring farmers gain skills and insight from experienced producers willing to share their knowledge and expertise. Four host farms have been selected in central and northern Alberta. Core activities […] Read more



Cereal stems move unscathed through the CombCut’s comb-like knives, while broadleaf weed stems are cropped close to the ground.

New Swedish machine slices problem weeds down to size

Organic grain growers have been snapping up CombCut machines ‘like crazy’

Reading Time: 3 minutes A new piece of machinery is helping crop growers control broadleaf weeds on their farms — especially on organic operations. “Organic growers are buying these CombCut machines like crazy,” said Steve Shirtliffe, a professor of plant sciences at the University of Saskatchewan. “There’s a real buzz in the organic farming community. I’ve never seen equipment […] Read more

Pair of organic field days on offer

Reading Time: < 1 minute Organic Alberta and the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative will be hosting two field days on organic grain and field crop production. On July 11, there will be a tour of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Lethbridge Research Station and Leffer’s Organic Farm. Federal researchers will talk about weed biocontrol, integrated pest management, soil health, and nutrient management. […] Read more


Field day for organic producers

Alberta Organic Producers Association field day on July 28

Reading Time: < 1 minute Alberta Organic Producers Association is holding a field day on July 28 at the Daryl Cole Farm near Vegreville in conjunction with the Alberta Innovates Technology Futures research station. The research of interest to organic farmers includes hemp, flax, fababean, and artichoke. Cole is growing Red Fife and Einkorn heritage wheat. To attend, contact Kathy at […] Read more



The world is truly at your fingertips. The online industry in groceries is only one per cent, but that’s $6 billion and it's expected to jump to $60 billion in the next few years.

The world is going online — and that includes the grocery store

Only a small percentage of people currently buy groceries online, 
but the sector is poised for explosive growth

Reading Time: 3 minutes Where do you buy your groceries? The answer to that question is getting more attention these days because more consumers now say they buy online. The growth of e-commerce has stretched beyond books, movies, parts and retro finds and is now filling the food basket. As folks shift to online buys it means an increase […] Read more