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Canadian Organic Growers - Perth Waterloo Wellington

building a local organic food system

5420 Hwy 6 North
Phone: 226-251-3012
E-mail | Website

Organization Mission

Canadian Organic Growers' (COG's) mandate is to lead local and national communities towards sustainable organic stewardship of land, food and fibre while respecting nature, upholding social justice and protecting natural resources.

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. COG 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.

Organization Description

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.

From 2003 to 2009, COG PWW ran Diversity Gardens, an organic demonstration farm. The gardens functioned as a site for workshops, a market, and pilot projects. The chapter continues to offer workshops, resources and other support to advance organic agriculture and organic food consumption in PWW.

COG PWW has formed several partnerships over the years with like-minded groups. 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. At the provincial level, we support a common voice for the organic sector by being a memeber of the Organic Council of Ontario.

Areas of Involvement

  • Research on food system issues - Taking Back the Middle report on alternative food distribution models
  • Farming - workshops, advisor services and resources to support farmers in transitioning to organic production
  • Organic food - Where to Find Local Organic Food in Perth-Waterloo-Wellington directory
  • Urban agriculture - The Organic Backyard - community and backyard gardening resource and workshops

Organization Priorities

  • Connecting people to local food system - We have a number of resources for people.
  • Community economic development - Support for farmers, gardeners and eaters in the region.