Organic Connections

Organic Connections

Organic Connections

Organic Connections

Organic Connections

Organic Connections

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Organic HeroesCelebrating the Organic Sector on the Prairies

Organic Heroes

Kirby McCuaig

Organic Farmer and On-Farm Researcher

Honoured at Organic Connections 2010

Kirby was passionate about organic farming and enthusiastic about research, especially on-farm research. He championed the idea of researchers and farmers working together to solve local problems. Kirby developed a demonstration project to look at possible green manures and termination options and quickly saw possibilities such as the benefits of grazing forage legumes used as a green manure. As a member of the OCIA International Research and Education Board for several years, he was instrumental in developing the Outstanding Organic Farmer of the Year program to honour individuals and to promote exemplary farming practices around the world.

Neil Strayer

Organic Pioneer

Honoured at Organic Connections 2004Neil Strayer

Neil began farming organically with 1,000 acres near Belle Plaine in 1978. He was an industry builder, travelling all over Saskatchewan to promote organic farming, and the benefits of sweet clover.  He formed Growers International in 1985, providing marketing, organic certification and agronomic advice to organic farmers. He negotiated the first farmer directed sale with the CWB, recognizing organic techniques as a distinct production methodology. Neil took an active role in establishing and maintaining domestic and international markets, connecting growers and adding value to their efforts by marketing high quality organic grain. Neil was also a founding member of Bioriginal, an industry leader in organic flax oil and other health products.

Dr. Ewen Coxworth

Organic ResearcherEwen Coxworth

Honoured at Organic Connections 2004

Ewen was one of the first organic researchers in Canada. In 1990, during his tenure at the Saskatchewan Research Council, he led a team that examined a number of organic farms. Their study, “Viability of Organic Farm Practices”, included on-farm analysis of economic factors, yields, and rotations. They were the first to determine that phosphorus levels were low on organic farms, that wheat yields were similar for organic and conventional farms, and that net returns could be higher for organic wheat.  Ewen remained a supporter and a resource for organic agriculture.  He was a deep thinker, a magnet for information, and he shared freely and passionately with those around him.

Ray Bauml

Organic PioneerRay Bauml

Honoured at Organic Connections 2004

Ray converted to organic in 1987, and it became a passion for him. When he was joined by his nephew, the farm supported 5 families. He was an innovative producer, never afraid to try new crops. He was pivotal in establishing the organic producer/certifier group OCIA chapter 5, often referred to as the Marysburg chapter as well as an important marketing cooperative for organic grain. Ray was an example and a mentor to many, from local farmers to people who became leaders in the organic community. Although he would not accept the term “expert”, he embodied the very spirit of organic, sharing freely with the organic community. He was gentle and encouraging, wise and practical, and he always had a twinkle in his eye.