Edible Trees?

Learn about designing landscapes for beauty and edibility. See Dave Jacke on Thursday, January 29, 2015. Don't miss it! SET YOUR GPS FOR: 50 Stone Rd. East, Guelph University Centre, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, N1G 2W1

  • Edible Forest Gardening Volume 1 and 2 are award winning books and the go to resource for forest gardening.
  • Dave helped define forest gardening and opened up many new ways of thinking about how ecosystems function.


40+ workshops over four days.
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Early-bird Prices end Jan. 14
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From seeds to soil.
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Learn while helping.
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The Trade Show and Expo hours are:

Saturday: 9 am  – 5:30 pm

Sunday: 10 am – 4:30 pm

Starting Seeds?

Local Seeds for Local Gardens

The Guelph Organic Conference is the perfect place to begin your seed buying for 2015. The conference has AT LEAST 3 organic seed suppliers exhibiting over the weekend. These small scale seed producers know all about their products and can match you with the best seeds for your growing conditions. Best of all, it’s free to come and check out the amazing seed selection available.

Expo hours: Saturday, Jan. 31 – 9.00 am to 5.30 pm  •  Sunday, Feb. 1 – 10.00 am to 4.30 pm

photo by Terry Asma

Other Goings On at the GOC

Meet & Greet rooms for the Conference.

More info on the Meet & Greets CLICK HERE

These gatherings always add a distinct variety to the Conference.  Some are paid, some are come-as-you are and some even include food.

At Guelph, for January 31 and February 1, you can pop into the busy Expo (free of charge), check out the action at 162 booths, then head up to one of the Meet & Greet rooms, all without registering.  The best deal in the organic world – as only a truly open event can offer !

Saturday, January 31

MAJOR ORGANIC GRAIN TRADING (BRING YOUR SAMPLES) & SALES OPPORTUNITY – even if you don’t currently market organic grains and are just thinking about conversion, come on along.

Roger Rivest Marketing + Homestead Organics ‘TRADING ORGANIC SOYBEANS FORUM’ – UC335, 12.00 noon-12.45 pm

Roger recently was quoted: With organic crops, better purity, quality & protein result in higher prices to the grower.  Also, some ‘Identity Preserved’ soybean varieties can pay a premium.  As to the buyers, most prefer to buy “full truckloads” which saves on freight costs and may represent the highest payment to the grower-shipper.

For the 2014 crop year, there have been some issues: mould found in organic crops; low test weights and growers who ship crops with high moisture.  This Meet & Greet will discuss these quality issues and let you know how these factors will affect prices.


FarmStart – Farm Seekers & Farm Owners Networking - UC441, 12.00 noon-3.00 pm


DESCRIPTION: Do you have land which you want to make available to a farmer?

Or, are you a new farmer looking for land?  Or perhaps you’re getting out of active farming.  Come join us at the Guelph Organic Conference for a chance to meet in person!

FarmLINK ‘Meet & Greets’ are a great opportunity for farmland owners and farm seekers to connect, and access helpful resources!


OMRI/Organic Materials Review Institute – UC332, 12.00 noon-1.30 pm

TITLE OF PROGRAM: Input Review for the Modern Organic Industry

DESCRIPTION: How is input review keeping up with growth and changes in the organic industry, while incorporating the new technologies available to farmers? OMRI will explain how the input review process works, including pitfalls and how they can be avoided using tried and true, accredited techniques. Our annual cookie reception will be followed by a presentation focused on OMRI’s process as well as other techniques used, with plenty of time for question and answer. All are welcome!


Meet The Innovators – Farming Systems To Regenerate Soils – UC334, 12.00 noon-1.30 pm

Do you want to regenerate soils on your farm? Come to this meeting to share your story with like-minded farmers. Ruth Knight will facilitate this free session.

Ruth is passionate about regenerating soils. The evidence is clear from other farmers and researchers that it is possible to integrate grazing and cover crops into reduced tilled annual crops. And it is clear that these farmers are building deeper, healthier soils on their farms. How do we innovate and adapt these approaches on our farms here in Ontario? Sharing with other farmers and seeing techniques on the ground gives farmers the support to innovate, reduce risks and learn effectively.



The BioDynamic Food & Wine Event at the Best Western – the Conference Manager will be there Saturday evening & so will lots of other folks !!

The Society For Biodynamic Farming And Gardening in Ontario – Cordially invites you to the Society’s 5th Annual Wine and Cheese Social

5pm – 8pm at the Best Western Brock Hotel in the Pine Tree “A” Room – just across the street from the Guelph University Centre

716 Gordon Street (corner of Stone Rd E. and Gordon St.) – Guelph

Join us in celebration of Biodynamics and good friends.

Tickets are $20.00 for members and $30.00 for non-members.  Admission includes samplings of biodynamic wines, and a smorgasbord of biodynamic & organic product nibbles.

Tickets are available at the door, the Society booth at the Guelph Organics Conference

For further information contact Laurie McGregor, Treasurer, at 519-426- 9021

…or to:  <lmcgregor@sympatico.ca>


Sunday, February 1

OMAFRA Business Ag. Development Unit – ‘Explaining Value Added’ by Adrienne De Schutter – UC335, 12.30 pm-1.30 pm

Are you an Organic Farmer wanting to Add Value + Increase your Profits?

Our convenient Exploring Value Added Opportunities (EVAO) series will help you discover ways to diversify and expand your business. Learn how to generate new ideas for products or services, assess your idea’s potential and plan what it takes to turn your idea into reality.

Join us for free a 1-hour, mini-workshop at the Guelph Organic Conference – this is a Meet & Greet where you’ll learn:

  • how to get new ideas for value adding.
  • the benefits of taking a systematic approach to considering your value added ideas and how this approach has helped others.
  • what the EVAO series is about and what materials and tools can help you.

Registration is limited. To receive a complimentary light lunch, ensure you register by January 28th.  Organic Conference workshop registration is not required for the Meet & Greet.

The mini-workshop is the perfect stepping stone to participating in the other free parts of the EVAO series including:

  • three interactive noon hour online webinars (requires Internet and a telephone) on February 24, March 3 and March 10 (2015) and
  • self-paced online modules that you complete on your own (estimated to take 5-10 hours).

To learn more about the EVAO series visit: Ontario.ca/e996  –  To register for either the Feb. 1st Meet & Greet or for the interactive webinars…… phone 1 (877) 424-1300 or complete the online registration at ontario.ca/by3z





OTHER SUNDAY ROOMS AVAILABLE FOR MEET N GREETS – contact the Mgr. at organix@auracom.com