OMAFRA Resources for Specialty Crop Producers

Did you know that Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) horticulture staff publish a weekly newsletter throughout the growing season titled “Hort Matters”? Topics include specific information on a wide range of horticultural crops, general information for horticultural crop producers, meeting announcements and information on funding programs. You can sign up for email alerts when a new issue is posted. To view Hort Matters or to subscribe to the email alerts visit:

OMAFRA staff also produce a monthly organic newsletter  titled “ON Organic”. Topics include general information on organic crop production and certification and crop-specific information on horticulture and field crops. To view ON Organic or to subscribe visit:

Additional OMAFRA newsletters cover topics including field crop production,  field crop pests, agricultural businesses, organic production, berries, tender fruit, and greenhouse production. For a listing of these newsletters visit:

About Sean Westerveld

Ginseng and Medicinal Herbs Specialist, OMAFRA
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