BC's Organic Extension Services

"to provide organic agriculture advice and information
to BC organic growers and processors
and to non-organic sector operators."

In 2007 the COABC received funding from BCMAL to host a service to answer questions related to organic production in BC. This money has funded  Rochelle Eisen as the BC Organic Extension Agent who deliver Extension Services for the last 3 years. As of October 31, 2010 the funds will be exhausted yet there will still be questions to be answered.

As of Sept 1, 2010
For questions please contact Susan Smith the BCMAL specialist for organics. Susan.L.Smith(a)gov.bc.ca or 604 556-3087

Looking for answers try

Cyber-Help  www.certifiedorganic.bc.ca/rcbtoa/  
Your CB www.certifiedorganic.bc.ca/cb/  
Organic Standards www.certifiedorganic.bc.ca/standards/index.php
Organic Certification www.certifiedorganic.bc.ca/cb/certification.php

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2008 COABC Factsheets:
- Local BC Sources of Allowable Soil Amendments (pdf) - updated June 08
- Co-Dependent Nutrients (pdf) - new June 08
- Nutrient Deficiencies (pdf)
- Weed Management in Annual Cropping Systems (pdf)

Survey Results:
- 2009 Field Bindweed Results (pdf)
- 2008 Organic Poultry Training Results (pdf)
- 2008 Organic Extension Results (pdf)

Items of interest:
- Canada 2008 - Benchmarking Study for Organic Tomatoes. To apply for access visit the File Request page.
- Canada 2009 - Benchmarking Study for Organic Beef. To apply for access visit the File Request page.
- Poultry Litter as Replacement Fertilizer & Spreader Evaluations (UBC 2.59 MB pdf)
- Poultry Litter Spreading Costs & Replacement Fertilizer Evaluations (UBC 200 KB pdf)
- Temporary Field Storage of Poultry Litter (UBC 420 KB pdf)
- Poultry Litter Composting For Food Safety & Soil Nutrient Management (UBC 350 KB pdf)
- Charles Merfield Recommended Reading List (pdf)
- Charles Merfield answers more questions for his COABC Webinar debute (pdf)
- Soil (Canada and USA) and Water (BC, Alberta) Testing Labs & Services (Cyber-Help)
- Blueberry Project Progress Report by Forge, Temple, Bomke (BC Blueberry Council - Oct 2009 2MB)
- The Proposed Spring 2009 Updates for the Canada Organic Standard (pdf)
- 2009 Label Expansions for Serenade MAX and ASO Biofungicides (pdf)
- 2009 Label Expansion for Rhapsody ASO Biofungicide (pdf)
- Expanded Non-Organic Ingredient Declaration - May 2009 draft (pdf)
- Slaughter Facility Organic Compliance Affidavit - July 2009 (pdf)
- Books Recommended by Organic Farmers
- "Name the People Contest" (pdf)

2007-10 Extension Agent 'Dear Rochelle' BCOG Articles
- Blister Beetles - good or bad? (Sept 07/pdf)
- Manure Requirements in the New National Standards (Jan 2008/pdf)
- Coping with Grasshoppers (Apr 2008/pdf)
- Organic Chickens and Rodents (June 2008/pdf)
- Seeds: Organic or not Organic that is the question (Sept 2008/pdf)
- The Four Amendments (Jan 2009/pdf)
--- Principles (CAN/CGSB-32.310) Amendments with Impacts (Jan 2009/pdf)
--- PSL (CAN/CGSB-32.311) Amendments with Impacts (Jan 2009/pdf)
- Garlic to my Sheep (Apr 2009/pdf)
- Soil testing (June 2009/pdf)
- Weed Control (Sept 2009/pdf)
- Water Testing (Dec 2009/pdf)
- Organic Extension Services (Mar 2010/pdf)
- To test or not to test? (Jun 2010/pdf)

BACKGROUND
BC's Organic Extension Services meet the needs of producers by:
- Responding to one-on-one question and answer sessions (telephone, email, or in person) regarding salient issues about organic production systems, standards, and materials;
- Researching and providing information on organic production systems, standards, materials, and brand name products;
- Developing and providing printed materials;
- Providing reference to relevant information on the internet;
- Providing reference to current research on organic farming;
- Providing reference to a stable of organic farmers who are willing to participate as casual mentors;
- Working with appropriate educational and research institutions to develop needed research projects (refer to the COABC Research Needs Project);
- Working with the Organic Sector Development Program to create organic seminars on a variety of topics and develop on-farm research project.

What is an Extension?
Extension - "A system of non-formal education. As such, it is a field of professional education practice aimed at:
1) teaching people, in their own context and life situations, how to identify and assess their own needs and problems;
2) helping them acquire the knowledge and skills required to cope effectively with those needs and problems; and
3) inspiring them to action."
From Foundations and Changing Practices in Extension - 1989

Contact Info

For questions please contact Susan Smith the BCMAL specialist for organics. Susan.L.Smith(a)gov.bc.ca or 604 556-3087

Looking for answers try

Cyber-Help  certifiedorganic.bc.ca/rcbtoa/  
Your CB www.certifiedorganic.bc.ca/cb/  
Organic Standards www.certifiedorganic.bc.ca/standards/index.php
Organic Certification www.certifiedorganic.bc.ca/cb/certification.php

Other BCMAL Industry Specialists BCMAL Industry Specialists