Kootenay Organic Growers Society (KOGS) is a not for profit Kootenay-based certifying organization dedicated to the production and promotion of organic agriculture and products. We are committed to supporting and strengthening sustainable agriculture and related businesses in our home region.
We support the goals of Community Food Security, which means that all people have dignified access to food that is safe, nutritious, and culturally appropriate, and which has been produced in a manner that is environmentally, and socially sustainable.
As a certifier, we are responsible for ensuring that only farmers and processors that meet the Provincial standard for organic agriculture can market their product as 'BC Certified Organic'. We are one of 11 certifying bodies based in BC that are accredited in the Regional Program of COABC (Certified Organic Associations of British Columbia).
As the leading advocate for sustainable agriculture in the Kootenays, we provide support and information to our members through regular newsletters, farm field days, mentoring programs, research trials, and marketing materials.
During 2007, KOGS undertook a library project and acquired an extensive resource collection on agricultural practices, organic farming, and marketing. Any KOGS Member can borrow items from the library. Please visit our Books page to download the library list and read about how to borrow and return the materials.
All our programs and certification are supported by member fees and fundraising. Please consider supporting KOGS for a stronger local economy.
Become a member of KOGS