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 13 local Chapters , three 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.
As part of the national membership, COG members can choose to be a member of their local chapter at no additonal cost by selecting the chapter option on the membership form.
Established in the early 1980s, COG Perth-Waterloo-Wellington was one of the first chapters of the organization. From its beginning through to 2003 the local chapter organized educational events and farm tours. In 2003, Diversity Gardens, COG PWW’s organic demonstration farm, was developed. In 2004, we were a founding organizer with Foodlink in launching the first Taste Local, Taste Fresh event in Waterloo region. In 2006 we participated in consultations as one of the founding organizations for what would become the Waterloo Region Food Systems Roundtable.
Since 2006, COG PWW has focused on building local organic food systems in the Perth-Waterloo-Wellington area. We do this with the support of one part-time staff member, contract staff and a team of volunteers as well as through building local partnerships to deliver projects. For more information on working and volunteering with us, click here
- Grow Organic – increasing certified organic acres
- hands-on training
- organic demonstration gardens
- organic growing tips
- production clubs
- organic farm profiles
- Eat Organic - increasing local and organic food skills
- local and organic farm and CSA directory
- local and organic markets
- local and organic food skills guide
- local and organic news, facts and resources
- local and organic events
- Bee Organic - building the local organic food system
- linking institutions with local, organic products through the Growing Up Organic project
- institutional buying clubs/ organic pantries
- partnerships with incubator kitchens
- research and pilot projects
- producer controlled processing and distribution models
- winter CSA model
For more information on COG PWW’s work, read our 2008 Annual report here
As a member of COG Perth-Waterloo-Wellington you will:
- Receive four copies per year ofThe Canadian Organic Grower, Canada’s only national magazine for organic producers and consumers
- Receive discounts on COG’s publications
- Have access to COG’s mailing library, an extensive collection of farming and gardening books that can be borrowed at no cost
- Receive monthly electronic updates to keep you up to date on what’s going on in the organic sector
- Receive quarterly issues of Bee Organic, COG PWW’s member newsletter
- Receive regular electronic updates on organic-related activities and events happening in the region
- Receive invitations to COG PWW events and workshops