Our objective is to encourage organic and alternative food production in Canada by improving accessibility to quality organic farming content online, while upgrading farmers' capacities to access that information. This will help to provide farmers and prospective farmers with the tools to function effectively in the new economy. While much of our material is Canadian, we also include useful information and links from other countries and realize too that our site can be very helpful to organic farmers from other countries.
Note: Because a significant proportion of farmers are located in remote areas and don't have access to, or cannot afford, high-speed Internet access, we have made this site quick-loading and therefore dial-up friendly.
For our first two years, we were supported by a federal Canadian government grant. During this time we developed the Cyber-Help for Organic Farmers web site into one of the best online farming resources. We started in BC but quickly became a service for Canadian farmers - and many others too. Some of our material has a BC emphasis but we welcome input from across the country. Because this kind of funding cannot be extended, we have sought sponsorship from other sources.
Our sponsors have stepped forward to support the continuation of this web site and its associated services. We appreciate their vision and encourage you to take a look at our Sponsors Page and support them in whatever ways work for you.
In the LEARNING side of the website, you will find organic farming production (livestock, vegetable, fruit, specialty crops, greenhouses) information as well as connections to great resources on soil, marketing, farm equipment, organic farm certification, on-farm food safety, small scale food processing, and how to effectively use your computer and the internet.
On the SERVICES side of the web site visitors will find timely market information including prices, organic farming news, organic seed sources, Canadian farming announcements, useful farming links and a "business of farming" page.
NEW OR RECENTLY UPDATED:
Who Owns What in the Organic food industry
Organic Dairy Farming in Canada
Bees and Beekeeping
Organic vegetable and fruit prices - updated frequently
Organic Seed Sources - available varieties
If the opportunity arises, please say thank you to our sponsors, without whom this venture would not be possible.
Jeffrey Newman, JN Web Design, manages the Cyber-Help site.
Rochelle Eisen, original coordinator of the BC Certified Organic Program's Cyber-Help Project, brought years of organic inspector, extension agent and adult education teaching experience. E-mail Rochelle at firstname.lastname@example.org