Organic Friends' E‑zine: July 2016

Photo of the Month
As we celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada this month, we thank all of those who have contributed over the years by taking a look back at the original OACC Advisory Board and OACC staff. Board members in the photo on the left are: Clark Phillips, Martin Entz, Susan MacKinnon, Jeanne Cruikshank, Ralph Martin, Adrian Vermeulen, Mike Leclair and Phil Warman. Staff members in the photo on the right are: Av Singh, Andy Hammermeister, Laurie Eagles, Derek Lynch and Ralph Martin.

In this issue:

OACC Director's Message

The OACC is thrilled to be celebrating its 15th anniversary (July 12th)! The OACC was established by Dr. Ralph Martin as part of the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in 2001 with its first major funding announcement. It was an exciting time and Ralph focussed his efforts on building the integrity of organic agriculture through coordinating and promoting the science of organic agriculture. Ralph was certainly a visionary, sector leader, and for me (as well as others I’m sure), an amazing mentor.

We have been blessed to have had so many individuals and organizations interested in supporting and working with us as members of our Advisory Board, graduate and summer students, collaborators in research and extension, and funding partners. I want to especially acknowledge the amazing staff who have worked with us over the years to serve not only the OACC, but the organic sector overall.

The OACC has gone through many changes over the years with different funding projects and then the transition to Dalhousie University. I want to acknowledge the tremendous and substantial commitment that the Administration of the Nova Scotia Agricultural College and Dalhousie University have provided over the years. With this 15th anniversary, the OACC is once again reviewing its vision and mission to plan how we might best serve the organic sector as part of Dalhousie University.

Please celebrate with us in true organic fashion!

Andy Hammermeister, Ph.D., P.Ag.
Director, OACC

Assistant Professor, Dalhousie Faculty of Agriculture

Excitement is building for the upcoming Second Canadian Organic Science Conference, being held from September 19-21, 2016 in Montreal-Longueuil, QC! Under the theme "Sharing research that grows organic", world renowned international and Canadian scientists will present their work in all aspects of organic agriculture. Visit the conference website at and read the press release for more information and to register. Early registration (at reduced cost) ends on August 15th.  


Practical Resources


Transition to Organic

Scientific Results

Nutrition, Safety and Health of Organic Foods

Post-harvest Handling, Storage and Processing

Organic in Canada

News & Articles of Interest

Student, Job and Apprentice Opportunities


Event Location Date
Ecological and Organic Farming Field Tour Carman, MB July 15, 2016
Organic Academy Leadership Course
Applications due April 29, 2016
Netherlands July 17-24, 2016
Low-Input Agricultural Systems Field Day
Swift Current, SK
August 9, 2016
Soil Health Day Erin, ON August 24, 2016
Second Canadian Organic Science Conference
See the press release
Montréal-Longueuil, QC September 19-21, 2016
19th Organic World Congress
Call for Papers now open

New Delhi, India November 9-11, 2017



Organic Friends' E-Zine July 2016, Volume 12, Issue 9
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