Organic Producers and Processors
If you’re already an organic producer or processor – we celebrate you! You know that this is more than a profession – it’s a lifestyle, led with passion. As a supportive community focused on organic, Organic NS is here to provide support as needed – whether it’s an invitation to an industry event or a potential partnership. We’re working together for the benefit of the greater community.
Not certified organic? Not a problem. We’re here to be your guide. Organic Nova Scotia has vital departmental connections within provincial government and can help you with next steps and the paperwork. You will have opportunities to meet with certified growers in your area, attend ONS events and feel supported every step of the way.
If you’re a passionate supporter of all things organic in Nova Scotia, we’d love to have you join our ONS community. Becoming a member means you will have VIP access to our events, find out the latest from our network of growers and have opportunities to volunteer with our board and in event planning and spreading the word.
Join us – Organic Nova Scotia offers participation in a dynamic organization of producers and friends committed to promoting environmentally nurturing agricultural practices and strengthening rural communities. ONS responds to emerging challenges and needs by developing projects and activities in the following areas:
We maintain a relationship with the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture, the Province of Nova Scotia via the Department of Agriculture to ensure Certified Organic producers and processors are at the table when decisions are being that affects the future of our farms and businesses.
- Policy Development
Federal and provincial agricultural policies must evolve to meet the demands of the climate crisis. Nova Scotia’s Certified Organic producers and processors have been working on solutions for decades and have valuable input for the policy development process.
- Marketing & Promotion
Generally speaking, authentic organic agriculture is poorly understood by the public. ONS aims to create a consistent awareness of who we are, what we do and how that is valuable to those who buy our products and support our businesses.
- Community Building
Organic farms produce nutritious food for our communities to eat. There is no better way to build relationships than over a meal. Food ties us all together. Organic businesses have a strong sense of ethics and a desire to build more healthy and resilient communities.
Through our strategic partnerships, we develop opportunities for producers, processors and the public to learn more about what authentic Certified Organic practices mean.
Certified Organic agricultural practices are not relics of the past. Although some tried and tested practices are employed on Certified Organic farms, research into innovative technologies and practices that respect the complexity and locality of agro-ecological systems is critical for future sustainability on our farms and our communities.