National Organic Week, the largest annual celebration of organic food, farming and products across Canada, is taking place September 17 to 25 this year
National Organic Week in Canada is taking place September 17 to 25, 2016. As the largest annual celebration of organic food, farming and products across the country, there are hundreds of events and thousands of retail promotions scheduled across Canada to celebrate Organic Week.
Organic Week aims to showcase the benefits of organic agriculture and its positive impact on the environment, animal welfare, and our well-being. It’s supported by regional partners and coordinated by the Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA), Canadian Organic Growers (COG), and the Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA).
“With the number of organic products on the market continuously growing, it’s easier than ever to go organic,” says Rochelle Eisen, president of COG.
Many of Canada’s top organic farms, wineries, retailers and restaurants take part in Organic Week, giving Canadians a great opportunity to experience the bounty of Canada’s organic harvest. “Whether it’s hosting a potluck picnic for friends or sampling organic wine and beer, we encourage Canadians to help spread the word about how choosing organic means supporting sustainability and promoting animal welfare, ” adds Eisen.
Organic Week events taking place across the country will range from smaller organic farm tours to community-wide organic festivals. Hundreds of health food stores, farmer’s markets and grocery chains plan to showcase organic products and educate consumers.
“With events taking place in communities all over the country, there are so many ways Canadians can support and get involved in the Organic Week celebration,” says CHFA president, Helen Long. “Last year, we saw everything from pickling workshops and farm tours to recipe contests and organic food and drink tastings. These happenings represent the creative ways Canadians are choosing to go organic and how they are making a conscious decision to protect their bodies and the environment, all while supporting local farmers.”
To find out more about Organic Week events or promotions being offered near you, check out organicweek.ca.