Organic Organizations

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Yogavni is a combination of two Sanskrit word. Yog meaning To Give and Avni meaning Good Earth. We take mother earth offerings and bring to you.

Organic Certification

Pro-Cert Organic Systems Ltd. (Pro-Cert) is one of North America’s foremost national certifier’s of organic products. With a client base including producers, processors and traders from across Canada and the United-States of America, Pro-Cert has become one of the most prominent players in the certification field.

Pro-Cert’s certification program is recognized globally providing international access to the products and brands we certify. Our program is accredited under the USDA National Organic Program (NOP), the CFIA’s Canada Organic Regime (COR) and the Quebec’s Committee on Accreditation for Evaluation of Quality (CAEQ). Pro-Cert’s certification program is ISO 17065 compliant and accredited by IOAS – a globally recognized accreditor.

Organic is a claim referring to methods of agricultural production and food processing that minimizes disruption of the natural environment and encourages the health and vitality of the soil, promotes humane animal management and preserves ecological integrity.

In other words, organic means:

No synthetic pesticides
No synthetic preservatives
No chemical fertilizers
No hormones or antibiotics
No genetically modified organisms (GMO’s)
Humane treatment of animals
Preservation of ecological integrity

University of Guelph – University Centre – 50 Stone Road East, Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1

2019 Workshop/Trade Show Dates/Times

2019 Workshop dates: Thursday, Jan. 24 through Sunday, Jan. 27.

2019 Tradeshow dates: Saturday, Jan. 26 through Sunday, Jan. 27.

*There is no charge to attend the Trade Show – Admission is Free!

  • Food lovers will enjoy the samples and shopping.
  • Gardening enthusiasts will enjoy shopping amongst multiple organic seed suppliers, as well as browsing gardening tools and books.
  • Farmers can network with certifiers, grain traders and small equipment suppliers.
  • To see maps of the Main & Basement Level and a list of exhibitors visit here.

The trade show is held on 3 floors at the Guelph University Centre.

Mezzanine Level

To reach this area use the stairs located in about the middle of the main floor (across from the Organic Meadow booth) or the elevators located in the South East area of the Main Floor.

Main Level

Filled with great vendors!
Don’t miss the area past Mapleton’s Organic and across from the MadeGood booth in the northeast corner.  (When not being used by the conference this is the University of Guelph Daily Grind coffee shop!)

The event experienced its 30th annual staging in January 2011, when an entire generation shared its organic family experience (the 3-generation Manley family).  With the 31st annual, 2012 Conference, the event headed into its next 30-year generation of growth. This was accomplished by sowing the ‘Seeds of Co-operation’ which was a successful focus on the U.N.’s International Year of Co-operatives.

For 2013, the 32nd annual 4-day event included international speakers, seminars & intro workshops on key topics including, Genetically Engineered foods, organic production/certification, changing climates, permaculture concepts, sustainable buildings, farmland protection, food security and home microgreens.

From producer to consumer, the workshops offered something for everyone. PLUS, there was an Organic Tasting Fair with 150+ exhibitors (included 30+ food samplers) on Saturday/Sunday, free to the public. This became an opportunity to sample and purchase a wealth of organic, fair trade products.

Continuing to Grow

Since 2014 the conference has continued to grow, welcoming new speakers each year and the Trade Show now includes over 160 tables. Guelph welcomes everyone so take a mid-winter break at the University Centre.   This Conference always wants to be on the leading edge of the movement, so come out and see what’s new !

2002 Vandorf Sideroad, Aurora, ON, Canada

The Association’s Mission is to provide knowledge and leadership to grow the farm fresh experience.

The Purpose of this Association is to help members improve their profitability by:

  • Encouraging networking.
  • Representing members in matters concerning marketing legislation, and marketing issues, for the betterment of the industry as a whole.
  • Motivating and educating members for the advancement of the entire direct farm sales industry through newsletters, educational programs (ie. conferences, workshops, tours) & networking opportunities.
  • Monitoring the industry through surveys, consultations, and international contacts.
  • Accumulating funds for the long term viability of the association and for use in education, market research, promotion, membership development, and administration.
  • Providing full members with publicity and other merchandising materials that will assist in promoting the sales of Ontario farm products.

Ontario Farm Fresh Marketing Association (OFFMA) was founded in 1973 as a not-for-profit, educational, and promotional organization. Its general membership is made up of dedicated Ontario farmers with a keen interest in promoting the direct farm sales industry (which includes on-farm markets and pick-your-own operations) and encouraging improvements and maintaining integrity in the industry.

University of Guelph School of Environmental Design & Rural Development, Guelph, ON, Canada N1G 2W1
519-824-4120 x 52654519-824-4120 x 52654

The Mission of the Ontario Farmland Trust is to protect and preserve Ontario farmlands and associated agricultural, natural and cultural features of the countryside through direct land securement, stewardship, policy research and education for the benefit of Ontarians today and future generations.

Orchard Park Office Centre, 5420 Hwy 6 North, Guelph, Ontario, N1H 6J2

Mission: To support and promote a vibrant community of ecological farmers through education, training and knowledge sharing.

1)   To create a community of farmers, from beginner to advanced, to share training, knowledge and experience to help make farming a viable way to make a living.
2)   To develop and provide programs on ecological agricultural methods, such as soil tillage, green manures, cover crops, composting, crop rotation, soil erosion control, conservation practices, etc.
3)   To educate and increase public knowledge of, and support for, ecological agriculture via courses, seminars, farm tours, meetings, newsletters and other educational materials.

History/Background: The Ecological Farmers of Ontario has been committed to ecological and organic farming since 1979. Established to promote the advancement and understanding of ecological agricultural methods, we’re run by farmers, for farmers. We focus on farmer-to-farmer training and support to help each other make a better living growing real food while improving our soils, crops, livestock and the environment.

85 Dariole Drive, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4E 0Z4 Canada

York Region Environmental Alliance (YREA) is a not-for-profit, registered charitable organization (#84559 0553 RR0001).

Incorporated in 2002 to initially campaign against the cosmetic use of pesticides, YREA has continually expanded its mandate to address ecological issues that impact our health, the health of our environment and the planet. We have a strong record of working to influence public policy and community behaviour through initiatives and campaigns.

  • To seek sustainable solutions that address climate change and lower greenhouse gas emissions (GHGE).
  • To raise awareness of the impact of toxic substances on the environment and on human health and to campaign for the elimination of these substances.
  • To promote healthy, environmentally sustainable lifestyle alternatives through presentations, workshops, education and outreach.
  • To work with other government and non-government agencies, volunteers and members of the community to achieve our goals.
100 Gloucester St, Suite 410, Ottawa, ON. K2P 0A4

Canadian Organic Growers (COG) is a national charitable organization (13014 0494 RR0001) with members in all regions of Canada. COG is connected to the regions through eight regional Chapters, four affiliated organizations, and to the international organic community through membership in the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM).

COG’s membership is diverse and includes farmers, gardeners, processors, retailers, educators, policy-makers, and consumers. Not all COG members run certified organic operations, but they share a vision for a sustainable bioregionally-based organic food system. Our members believe that organic food production is the best choice for the health of consumers and producers, for the protection and enhancement of the environment, and for the sustainability of the food production system. In fact we believe that the survival of our country and even of the planet depends on it.

5420 Highway 6 North Orchard Park Business Centre Guelph, Ontario, N1H 6J2

OCO is the Voice for Organics in Ontario.
A membership-based non-profit association that represents Ontario’s organic sector, OCO is the only trade association working and advocating on behalf of the entire organic industry, from field to plate.

Our members are farmers, producers, input suppliers, food processors, marketers, distributors, certifiers, retailers, NGOs, educators, researchers, and consumers who support Ontario’s organic sector.

The Organic Council of Ontario is a member of the Organic Federation of Canada (OFC), and represents its members’ interests with regards to Canada’s Organic Standards through the OFC and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. We have strong relationships with the Canada Organic Trade Organization (COTA), The Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario (EFAO), and the Canadian Organic Growers (COG).

Board of Directors
OCO’s Board of Directors is made up of representatives from six membership categories that span Ontario’s organic sector. The board sets the strategic direction for the organization, represents the interests of the sector, and provides oversight of the organization’s operations. The board consists of several working committees who further guide specific direction and strategies for the organization.

If you would like more information regarding OCO’s governance and board structure, please contact us.

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