Organic farming relies on natural practices like promoting biodiversity and using natural nutrition sources. It probably isn’t surprising that the Canadian organic standards prohibit the use of seeds that have been genetically modified in labs for crop farming.
Using non-modified seeds means organic farmers have to double up on other methods for fighting pests and weeds in their crops. It’s often a greater challenge, but it’s one that farmers, like Ryan Mason, are prepared to take on.
Meet Ryan of Reclaim Urban Farm
Ryan Mason owns Reclaim Urban Farm, a multi-generational farm in Pigeon Lake, Alberta. He has a strong background in agriculture that extends from his early roots on the family farm to a Master’s in Environmental Sociology. For a time, Ryan ran Reclaim Urban Farm in the heart of Old Strathcona, farming in “borrowed” garden beds and empty lots near Whyte Avenue. About a year ago, he had the opportunity to take over the family farm, and he did just that.
Ryan’s farm grows mostly vegetable crops and microgreens (which are grown indoors in a greenhouse), as well as flowers. He spends a lot of time at local markets in Edmonton, and his produce can be found in popular organic shops like Blush Lane and Planet Organic, as well as the Organic Box.