Nature’s Path launches $100k program to help Canadian organic growers earn regenerative certification
By Food in Canada staffBusiness Operations Canadian Organic Growers Nature's Path Regenerative Organic Certification
The Regenerative Organic Oats program will allocate $100,000 annually to help four organic farmers achieve the Regenerative Organic Certification (ROC). Through this initiative, Nature’s Path aims to amplify regenerative organic practices through education and advocacy, advance the development of soil carbon sequestration methods and help build an agricultural system that empowers farmers and consumers while mitigating climate change.
“We are excited about this partnership as it gives us an opportunity to measure the carbon impacts of regenerative organic farming practices, while supporting farmers who are on the front line of helping address climate change through their practices,” said Jyoti Stephens, VP of mission and strategy. “By looking at soil carbon changes over time, we can effectively track the rate at how regenerative organic farming can heal the planet.”
Receiving Regenerative Organic Certification starts with a farm already having organic certification, a three-year in-depth process, and takes roughly one growing season where practices are audited and measured. Each participating farm will receive $5,000 to cover program-related costs, and the remaining $80,000 will be designated to support Regenerative Organic Oats training.
Enrolled farmers will be provided with regenerative organic training courses, individualized farm management coaching and will have an opportunity to test out evolving soil carbon sequestering measurement tools. Additionally, each participant will enter a network of like-minded farmers to continue collaborating on the growth of regenerative organic farming. At the end of the project, Canadian Organic Growers will produce an open-source manual available for any dry-land oat farm that may be interested in obtaining Regenerative Organic Certification or implementing regenerative organic farming practices themselves.
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