Celebrate the bountiful harvest

Organic Week takes place this year across Canada from September 20 to 28 giving us a chance to participate

(NC) Organic Week takes place this year across Canada from September 20 to 28 giving us a chance to participate in the largest annual celebration of organic food, farming, and products across the country.

Presented by the Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA), the Canadian Organic Growers (COG), and the Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA), this week-long focus is an opportunity to learn about the importance of organic food.

The goal of Organic Week is to get as many Canadians as possible involved and learning about the benefits of organic farming and its positive impact on the environment,” says Helen Long, president of CHFA.

From the sunny orchards of the Okanagan Valley, to the red potato fields of Prince Edward Island, through the seemingly boundless tall grass Prairies, into the mild-weathered vineyards of the Niagara Peninsula, and through the picturesque blueberry fields of Lake St-Jean, Canada is blessed with a rich and diverse land that yields a bountiful harvest at the end of a short but warm growing season.

What better time than fall to enjoy and appreciate the bounty of our land? Apples, pears, plums are all ripened to perfection and contain many disease-fighting nutrients. This annual harvest provides us with many locally grown, organic options and Canadians say they are making the effort to choose organic produce as they look to protect the environment, their bodies and support local farmers.

Many of us are increasingly aware of the importance of choosing food that is grown organically, without the use of pesticides, herbicides, hormones or antibiotics. These farming practices are based on holistic methods that contribute to the improvement of biodiversity, good soil health and ecological balance. When buying organic foods, you are not only investing in your health, but you are also supporting sustainable, environmentally friendly practices and animal welfare.

“Canadians want the peace of mind that our food has been grown without synthetic pesticides and fertilizers,” adds Long. “In Canada organic food must meet all food regulations as well as additional standards and inspections. Having these rules in place makes ‘organic’ a trustworthy brand that allows us to shop with confidence.

This year during Organic Week, hundreds of celebrations are being organized by communities across the country. Activities include everything from pickling workshops, to farm tours, organic food and drink tastings and much more. There are many opportunities to participate and you can find out more online at www.organicweek.ca and at www.chfa.ca.

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