Garry Johnson, POGA director profiled in Grainnews:
There are a number of reasons why farmers might want to try their hand at organic farming. Reports of premiums based on the demand for organic foods might be one. Cutting expensive chemical inputs out of your budget can also be a major incentive.
However, if you’re only looking at organic farming through a financial lens, you may have to look a bit deeper, says Swift Current, Sask., organic producer Garry Johnson. Organic farming requires a higher-than-average knowledge of the soil and plant ecosystems, he says, and you’ll also have to accept that your yields will likely lag behind those of conventional farmers. But if you do it right, it can be immensely rewarding.