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ORGANIC

ALBERTA
ANNUAL
REPORT
Our Mission
Our Members
To represent, support and grow
the organic industry in Alberta
600

400
Strategic Directions

GROWTH IN THE
ORGANIZATIONAL
ORGANIC
CAPACITY
200 VALUE-CHAIN
363
366
352
342
345
366
439
504
590

0
20 9
20 0
20 1
20 2
20 3
20 4
20 5
20 6
17
0
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
20

Fig. 1: Alberta Organic Operations by Year

MARKETING AND STRONG


EDUCATION STANDARDS
CERTIFIED
ORGANIC
MEMBERS

FRIEND
MEMBERS

SOIL HEALTH AND PRODUCT QUALITY


CORPORATE
MEMBERS

CORPORATE
PLUS
MEMBERS
Our Board of Directors

CHARLES DAWN HEATHER TREVOR


NEWELL BOILEAU KERSCHBAUMER ALEMAN

President & Vice-President & Treasurer & Secretary


Director Director Director & Director

JAMES ARNOLD ABBIE BERNIE


THIESSEN VAN OS STEIN MACLEAN EHNES

Northern Region Central Region Member-at-Large Southern


Representative Representative Representative Representative

FRANK TRACY BECKY KERRI


MADDOCK SMITH LIPTON SHARPE

Consumer Member-at-Large Executive Ex-Officio


Representative Representative Director
OUR WORK

Education

CENTRAL ALBERTA NORTHERN ALBERTA


CONFERENCE CONFERENCE

ATTENDEES ATTENDEES

Regional & National


Involvement

ORGANIC
ORGANIC
VALUE-CHAIN DATA ORGANIC
VALUE-CHAIN
ROUND TABLE TASK INTEGRITY
ROUND TABLE
STEERING FORCE TASK FORCE
SEAT
COMMITTEE

PUBLIC CANADIAN ORGANIC PRAIRIE


TRUST ORGANIC FEDERATION ORGANIC
TASK GROWERS OF CANADA DEVELOPMENT
FORCE BOARD BOARD FUND
Advocacy

PROVINCIAL
ORGANIC
REGULATION

CROP
INSURANCE
FOR 3RD YEAR
TRANSITIONING
FARMERS

Keeping You Informed

WEBSITE MONTHLY E-UPDATE QUARTERLY MAGAZINE SOCIAL MEDIA


ORGANIC GRAIN
PROGRAMS

Farm Clubs

Over the summer of 2018, Organic Alberta took a new direction and
hosted regional Farm Clubs! A Farm Club is an opportunity for
farmers to come together to discuss their challenges and collaborate
on solutions with the aim of improving farming practices through self-
directed learning.

NORTH- SOUTH-
CENTRAL CENTRAL CENTRAL PEACE SOUTHERN
REGION REGION REGION REGION REGION
PARTICIPANTS PARTICIPANTS PARTICIPANTS PARTICIPANTS PARTICIPANTS

Gunn, AB Falun, AB Okotoks, AB Wanham, AB Hays, AB

Amazing Ag

Organic Alberta attended Amazing


Agriculture, a free educational
experience that is designed to teach
ATTENDEES!
Grade Four students from the greater
Edmonton area about our province’s
vibrant agricultural industry.
MACKENZIE COUNTY
ORGANIC SUCCESS
PROGRAM
What is it?

The Mackenzie County Organic Success Program supports agricultural and


agri-food entrepreneurs in the region to diversify into organic
production. The program is part of the Alberta government Community
and Regional Economic Support program, which promotes long-term
economic growth and prosperity in Alberta’s communities and regions.

SOIL HEALTH GREEN


CONFERENCES, PRESENTATION
& WEED MANURE
WORKSHOPS & AT AG BOARD
CONTROL RESEARCH
TRADE SHOWS MEETING
WEBINAR TRIAL

Deliverables

FARMERS FARMERS FARMERS FARMERS


NEEDS NUTRIENT FACE-TO-FACE
FARM CLUB
ASSESSMENT MANAGEMENT MEETING &
MEETINGS
SURVEY PROGRAM EVENTS
PRAIRIE ORGANIC
GRAIN INITIATIVE
Increased Collaboration

“THEY ARE ALREADY “THAT COLLABORATION


“OVERALL, REALLY
FORGING A PATH, IS THERE - THAT HAS
REALLY IMPRESSED WITH
BUILDING A BUILT TRUST. INVITING
WHAT THEY HAVE DONE
FOUNDATION ON WHICH THE BIGGER BRANDS IN
AND ACHIEVED. QUITE
OTHER, MORE TANGIBLE THE SUPPLY CHAIN HAS
TRANSFORMATIONAL.” -
IMPROVEMENTS CAN BE LENT CREDIBILITY TO
FARMER & CONSULTANT
BUILT.” - RESEARCHER THE FARMERS.” - FUNDER

Tools for Farmers

PRODUCTION WORKSHOPS 1,359


FIELD DAYS 1,043
TRANSITION WORKSHOPS 846
OV
COFFEE-SHOP TALKS 196 PEOER 21
,0
PRODUCER PRESENTATIONS 159 VIS PLE H 00
I A
154 PIV TED T VE
1-800 PHONE NUMBER OT HE
92 GR AND
YOUNG FARMER EVENTS WE OW
60 BSI
FARM CLUBS TE!
NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT PROGRAM 52
0 500 1,000 1,500

PARTICIPANTS
PRAIRIE ORGANIC
GRAIN INITIATIVE
Management Changes

59% OF FARMERS INVOLVED IN PROGRAMS WITH THE PRAIRIE


ORGANIC GRAIN INITIATIVE SAID THAT THE WORK DIRECTLY
CONTRIBUTED TO CHANGES IN THEIR FARM MANAGEMENT,
INCLUDING SOIL HEALTH PRACTICES, CROP ROTATIONS, GREEN
MANURE MANAGEMENT, SEEDING PRACTICES AND MORE!

Tools for Farmers

CONFERENCES 2,092
TELECONFERENCES 1,151
AGRONOMIST TRAINING 191
COFFEE-SHOP TALKS - AGRONOMISTS 115
WEBINARS FOR AGRONOMISTS 90
AGRONOMISTS IN NUTRIENT
MANAGEMENT PROGRAM 19
0 500 1,000 1,500 2,000 2,500

PARTICIPANTS
YOUNG AGRARIANS

Deliverables

APPRENTICESHIP
PROGRAM
PARTICIPANTS
FARM CLUB
EVENTS HELD
LAND ACCESS GUIDE
ACROSS THE PROVINCE
& SUCCESSION
RESOURCES
BAUTA FAMILY INITIATIVE
ON CANADIAN SEED
SECURITY
Deliverables

SURVEY REPORT ON PLANT


BREEDING PRIORITIES FOR
VEGETABLE CROPS

PARTICIPATORY
PLANT BREEDING
FARMERS
ACROSS THE
ATTENDEES AT THE PLANT
PRAIRIES WORKING WITH NORTHERN BREEDING FOR LOW INPUT
MANITOBA FOOD, CULTURE,
COMMUNITY COLLABORATIVE SYSTEMS FIELD DAY

ORGANIC SCIENCE CONSULTATION ORGANIC SCIENCE


CLUSTER III PROJECT SESSIONS CLUSTER III PROJECT
Participatory variety Engaging and attending Evaluation of farmer-
trialing and breeding for sessions regarding selected wheat, oat and
organic commercial proposed changes to seed potato genotypes under
vegetable growers and Regulations organic production
seed producers
FINANCIAL REPORTS

Status of the Organization

FINANCIAL OVERSIGHT

Thank you to our finance committee volunteers, Heather Kerschbaumer, Arnold


Van Os, and Jim Scheopp, who scrutinize our monthly financials, year end
financial statements, ensure appropriate policies and procedures are adhered to,
and make recommendations to the Board of Directors and Executive Director. We
sincerely appreciate their input and guidance.

FINANCIAL POSITION

We finished 2018 in a strong financial position with assets of $586,489, including


$307,668 cash on hand, $161,160 in GICs, $46,065 in reserve funds and $72,495 in
accounts receivable. 

At the end of 2018 we had $524,391 in current liabilities which includes $487,502
in grant/industry support funds that have been received but not yet spent, and
$46,711 in operating income that came in during 2018 but are for 2019 activities.

INCOME AND EXPENSES

Operating Income Operating Expenses


15.8%
%
16.4

OPERATING INCOME $158,550 $150,729 OPERATING EXPENSES

PROGRAM EXPENSES
PROGRAM INCOME $806,474 $805,274
%
83.6

84.2%
FINANCIAL REPORTS

PROGRAM & GRANT INCOME AND EXPENSES*

STAFF TRAINING 1.1%


5.9% OTHER
& GRANTS

BAUTA FAMILY INITIATIVE 7.7%


ON $9127
CANADIAN SEED SECURITY
$47,627

$62,250
LIVESTOCK /
8.1%
YOUNG FARMER
(ALMA) $65,028

PRAIRIE ORGANIC
$474,999
MACKENZIE GRAIN INITIATIVE**
$69,309
COUNTY
8.6%

$78,134
58.9%
YOUNG
AGRARIANS
9.7%

*PROGRAM AND GRANT INCOME MATCH EXPENSES, EXCEPT FOR YOUNG AGRARIANS WHERE A $1200 TRANSFER WAS MADE TO COVER 2017 EXPENSES
**INCLUDES ALBERTA GRAINS PROGRAMS: $22,511

Operating Income Operating Expenses


33
56%

.6
%

EVENT COSTS***
EVENT INCOME
8%

$88,859 $50,609 LOBBYIST - $12,000


4.7

COMMUNICATIONS - $7010
%

OTHER INCOME $438


4.6
0.3%

OFFICE / ADMIN - $6937


%
3.2

GOVERNANCE - $4839
% 4 7

ADVERTISING, $63,317
$69,253
%

OTHER - $6016
MEMBERSHIPS,
PERSONNEL
42

DONATIONS ETC.
%
43.7%

***DOES NOT INCLUDE COORDINATION COSTS


2018 ORGANIC HEROES

Thank You!
LAST YEAR WE RAISED $13,794! BECAUSE OF THIS, WE HAD THE
CAPACITY TO FOCUS OUR EFFORTS TO GET THE ORGANIC REGULATION
PASSED. THIS WAS A HUGE WIN FOR THE ORGANIC SECTOR IN ALBERTA!

$1000 - $10,000 $501 - $1000 $201 - $500

Prairie Organic Development Bernie Ehnes Fairwinds Farm Ltd.


Fund James Thiessen George & Mary Janzen
Jim Schoepp Gumboot Cattle Ltd
Mans Organics Homesteader Health Foods
Rodney Friesen Ltd.
Steve Snider John B. Simpson

$101 - 200 $51 - 100 $1 - $50

Amaranth Whole Food Market Charles & Susan Wieler Alan & Donald Thomas
Art & Kathy Baker Daniel & Marilyn Wiebe Andrew & Anna Wiebe
Bernie Ehnes Bar X Ranch Inc.
David & Karen Doerksen Blue Mountain Biodynamic
Cam Beard Farms
Denise O'Reilly
Dan & Joanne Harris Charles & Susan Wieler
Donald Bogen
David Klassen Chickadee Farm Herbs Ltd.
Edwin Wieler E Roselyn Elford Daryl & Patricia Toma
Ernest & Rebecca Peters George W. & Helen Friesen Daryl Cole
Frank & Shirley Doerksen Gerrit Brouwer David & Karen Doerksen
Dean Hjelte
Golden Acres Seeds Greg & Val Sebree Elizabeth Chrapko
Herman A Friesen Herb & Derra Mantey Frank & Brenda Maddock
Keith Jones Frank M & Margaret Dyck
Highwood Crossing Foods
Marie Thiessen Free Spirit Cattle Co Ltd.
Ltd. Gregory & Jacqueline
Prairie Point Holdings Ltd
Rosemary Wotske Jake & Myrna Letkeman Wedman
Jerry Kitt Herbe Torkelson
Steve Snider Isaac Martens
Sunnyside Natural Market John & Caroline Martens Jake Wall
Terry Sheehan John Hofer James & Jodi Bozarth
The Organic Box Michael Scott John Derksen
Trevor Aleman John H & Susie Wiebe
Morinville Municipal Seed Julius Unrau
Vital Green Farms
Cleaning Co-op Ltd Keith & Beverly Everts
OCIA International-Canada Keith & Lois Burger
Larry Van Slyke
Paul Schneider Logber Ranch
PLEASE HELP US Peavey Industries LP Loziak Farms
Peter & Judy Zacharias Mark Gibeau
MEET OUR Michael & Lorraine
Peter Wolfe Futoransky
TARGET IN 2019 Phoenix Farms Ltd. Nathan Manning
SO WE CAN Ruzicka Sunrise Farm Paul & Lorna Martens
Peter & Anna Bueckert
LEVERAGE YOUR Scott Palmer Pierre Fillion
Soames Smith Stan & Marion Peacock
MONEY TO Sun Prairie Mills Ltd.
Sunshine Acres
ACHIEVE EVEN Teun Van Den Broek
TNT Empire Organic Farms
Valerie Schafers
MORE! Tyran & Janice Shelton Vital Green Farms
Van Den Broek Dairy William Gaugler
EVENT & PROGRAM
SPONSORSHIPS
Thank You!

$350,000 + $100,000 - $200,000 $25,000 - $65,000

Government of Canada USC Canada (Bauta) Farm Folk City Folk


(Western Government of Alberta (Globetrotters)
Diversification) Alberta Real Estate
Foundation
Government of Canada

$10,000 - $12,000 $5000 - $9999 $2500 - $4999

Canadian Organic City of Fort Frontier Seed Cleaning


Growers Saskatchewan Plant
Regional Economic Peavey Mart FW Cobs
Development Initiative Pro-Cert Organic Westaqua Commodity
(Mackenzie County) Systems Ltd Group
Pipeline Foods Fresh Hemp Foods Replenish Nutrients
AFSC Alberta Milk Ltd
Prairie Organic Nutra Sun Ecocert Canada
Development Fund Grain Millers Canada Hemp Production
(POGI) Services

$1000 - $2499 $500 - $999 $1 - $499

Sunrise Foods Peace Country Forage High Brix


Taurus Agricultural Seed Assoc. Manufacturing
Marketing Grower's International Egg Farmers of Alberta
Penergetic Canada (GIOSI) Fertoz Ltd
New Leaf Essentials (c)
RegenAgSolutions
Richardson Milling
TCO Certification
Services
ALSE Technologies
Group
OCIA International -
Canada