The Guelph Organic Conference Eco-Scholar Program ramps up!


The Eco-Scholar program, first run in 2004, is back again for 2016, offering $2500 in honorariums!  If you are a registered student at a high school, community college or university (undergrad or grad), and are interested in making a career in organics, you are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Conference is generously supported by major organic participants like The Big Carrot, Pfenning’s Organic Vegetables, Ontario Natural Food Co-op, Homestead Organics, Organics Live and many others. “Thanks to their on-going financial support over the past several years, the Conference is now expanding the Eco-Scholar program by adding a monetary reward to the offering,” says Conference Manager, Tomas Nimmo.

The 35th Conference and Trade Show theme is ‘Where Farmers & Consumers Meet’ and highlights workshops such as ‘Becoming a Farmer Plant Breeder,’ many programs also on soils to recognize the end of the International Year of Soils, ‘Quality of Life’ and ‘Becoming the Best Educated Organic Consumer’ streams of workshops as well as several BioDynamic farming workshops.

It’s the place to be and to learn at the end of January!  The Guelph Organic Conference Committee is also very excited to be able to expand the Eco-Scholarship offerings.  Alex Sanders is one of last year’s recipients and he tells of his Eco-Scholar experience in a blog at He says, “I thoroughly appreciated my experience at the 2015 Guelph Organic Conference. The fact that I was an Eco-Scholar significantly enhanced the event’s impact for me. As a result, I would urge anyone who is at least interested in organics to apply for the scholarship. Be open to every learning opportunity no matter the topic!”

The 2016 Guelph Organic Eco-Scholarship opportunity will be awarded to five students, and each will receive a $500 honorarium, an Organic Food & Wine Dinner ticket, a Keynote Forum ticket plus a distinctive identifiable Saturday/Sunday workshop badge.

Qualified applicants are required to complete an application form on-line that asks for an essay of 250 words or less about how they envision themselves making a career in organics. The link to the survey can be accessed at The deadline for applications to be considered is January 10th, 2016, so don’t delay. The 5 winners will be announced shortly after January 15th, once the final selections are made by the judging committee.

The Guelph Organic Conference runs from January 28th to January 31st, 2016, in the Guelph University Centre. Founded in 1982 by students, the Guelph Organic Conference has become Canada’s leading grassroots organic marketing event with a free 2-day Organic Trade Show featuring over 160 exhibitors targeting producers, processors and organic consumers. There is also an impressive list of over 60 speakers.


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact:

Gayl Creutzberg
Eco-Scholarship Coordinator