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Pepper grower Gemapa: step for step towards sustainability

Composting the full crop at the end of the season

When the Lambrecht family started their Gemapa bell pepper nursery in 1990 in the Belgian town of Nevele, Marc considered going organic. In the end he decided against it. "I thought the risks were too great, especially the aphids," Marc says. He did the math. "If you grow organically, in Belgium you have to.....

Spain: Monterosa tomatoes to be produced organically

In 2016, Gavà Grup presented its new tomato variety at the Alimentaria fair in Barcelona. Its objectives were to seduce the European market and to show that it was possible to improve the taste of tomatoes grown in winter. Since that time, Monterosa tomatoes have consolidated in Spain, as well as in.....
December 12-13, Monterey

US (CA): Exhibitor registration open for Organic Grower Summit

Exhibitor booth registration is now open for the Organic Grower Summit (OGS), slated for December 12-13, 2018, in Monterey, California. Organic supply chain partners and service providers are encouraged to sign up for a booth at the second annual OGS, which features two days of information, education, and.....

US: NSAC comments on Farm Bill

Programs and policies that affect organic agriculture are found across multiple titles of the farm bill. The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) has combed through the draft farm bill recently introduced by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX) and provided an overview of how.....

Anthony Otto, Magic Sun"

"Never enough product in the middle of the winter"

As the consumption of tomatoes, interest in snacking tomatoes as well as consumers’ demand for organic product options all continue to increase, at least one greenhouse grower is expanding its organic tomato offerings to cover more areas of growth. Magic Sun of Richmond, Va. is a year-round hydroponic grower.....

French government makes €1.1 billion available for organic agriculture

The French government is making €1.1 billion available for agriculturalists who wants to switch to organic production. In so doing, the government hopes to prevent France from importing the products on a large scale.Stéphane Travert, minister of AgricultureThe demand for organic products is rising.....

US: Non-hydroponic organic label in the making

With a new extra-organic label, a group of Vermont growers wants to distinguish their organic production from the USDA certified organic production, i.e. hydroponically grown produce.It was only last week that Olivier Brailly with French company Groupe MGD opted for a new label addition to close the gap.....

US (IN): Organic vertical farmer grows tailor-made plants

Jonathan Partlow, founder of Aggressively Organic, sells small hydroponic plant growing systems that don’t need sunlight, dirt or pesticides and are grown indoors using just water, nutrients and LED lamps.Partlow says he has the modest of goal of ending hunger. And he’s being taken very seriously.The.....

"Faster change really needed for sustainable cultivation"

'Agriculture without chemistry - how?' This was the challenging topic of the very first Foodlog conference. More than 150 participants attended the event, which took place on March 28 at the head office of Koppert Biological Systems. Koppert organized the congress after Foodlog - an independent nutrition and.....
December 12-13, 2018

US (CA): Second annual Organic Grower Summit coming to Monterey

The Organic Produce Network (OPN) and California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) are again teaming up to host the second annual Organic Grower Summit (OGS) on December 12 -13, 2018 at the renovated Monterey Convention Center in downtown Monterey, CA.OGS will bring together the entire organic growing and.....

US (NY): Cornell student to develop weed-free growth media

Seven New York state businesses have been awarded funding to participate in the Cornell Center for Materials Research JumpStart Program, through which they will collaborate with Cornell faculty members to develop and improve their products.The program is supported by Empire State Development’s Division of.....

US (OH): Grower prepares for switch to organic

Bucyrus farmers Bruce and Joyce Clinger think you should know where your food comes from."We only sell what we grow as far as produce goes," Bruce Clinger said. "People want to know where it came from."They also want to make sure it's the highest quality you can find. So they're certifying their produce.....

Dutch cuke grower cultivates completely organically

De Noordhoek is an organic nursery where diseases and pests are controlled with natural pesticides only. Ladybugs are used for example to manage lice and the Ichneumonidae wasp is used to keep away the white fly. Good insects eat the harmful ones. The nursery uses only organic manure and compost. In organic.....

webinar, March 21

How to manage tomato disease organically

Join the Tomato Organic Management and Improvement (TOMI) project and eOrganic for a webinar on managing foliar pathogens organically on March 21, 2018.Effectively managing foliar pathogens is one of the biggest challenges facing organic tomato growers. This webinar will provide an overview of practices that.....