The Manager offers a sincere thank you to all of you who participated in last weekend’s Conference.
The 32nd Annual Guelph Organic Conference & Expo just wrapped up and I want to extend my thanks to you for attending. Based on the Expo crowds seen working the halls of the Guelph University Centre, it looked like a record attendance.
Our actual tabulation will take place in the next couple of days as all the boxes get unpacked – so stay tuned.
To me, it felt like the buzz was good because it’s such a friendly show where everyone from those seeing organic products for the first time right up to the key sector activists, can all walk the same floor. I think everyone there was looking for the same thing – new organic products and lots of information.
Don’t forget, the deadline for the 2014 Conference Proposals is: March 15, 2013.
To get more information please go here: http://www.guelphorganicconf.ca/workshop-proposals/
We look forward to hearing your exciting ideas – we couldn’t do it without you!
|MANAGER’S NOTE: Saturday at Guelph is one of the most intense days in the entire organic ag. scene anywhere in Canada. Workshop Registration – Advance General Admission/Adult-$65 – choice of 20 workshops – flat fee gets you into all workshops.
|Workshop Registration – Student Admission – $20.00 + HST – choice among all of the 20 workshops – flat fee geets you into all workshops – you must show your student card at the Registration Desk UC103.
|Workshop Stream 1 – crops
||Workshop Stream 2 – livestock
||Workshop Stream 3 – permaculture
||Workshop Stream 4 – market trends
||Workshop Stream 5 – communities
February 2, 2013 – [NEW SET OF 5 WORKSHOPS @ new time slot: ] 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Controlling Weeds in Organic Cropping Systems
Attaining Organic Certification in your Livestock Operation
The $100 Food Forest
Marketing the Organic Message – Follow the Trends
From the Ground Up – Building Your Resilient Farm-Centric Community
February 2, 2013 – 11:00 am – 12:00 pm (some sessions extend past 12.00 pm into lunch hr.)
How to have your crop inputs approved for organic certification
– Dave Lockman
Pastured pig primer – (an overview for both experienced & new producers)
– Tarrah Young
The permaculture life – creating your self-sufficient organic dream home
– Ingrid Cryns
Organic claims – natural claims: sorting through the confusion
– Dag Falck
Learning from the first communities: ‘People of the Longhouse’ – Richard Hill
|Take Time for Lunch ! Don’t forget to go in and see what’s cooking The University’s organic offering will be there at the chef demo cart. 12.00 NOON in the GUELPH U.C. Centre 6 Café right next to the Expo.————-Also check out Meet & Greets to see all the interesting FREE face-to-face informal programs going on at noon, up on the 3rd & 4th floors of the Guelph U.C. Grab a quick meal and head upstairs.
February 2, 2013 – 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Organic crop quality: advanced fertility strategies to get the best from your farmland
Organic pasture management – forages, rotations, ration formulations
Forest gardening – the roots of regeneration
Transforming organic farming systems amidst chaotic climate change
The Co-Farmer Movement: partnering growers & consumers
February 2, 2013 – 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Marketing the best quality organic grain Klecker, Roger Rivest
|Workshop 2DDairy calf & heifer management in an organic system
Permaculture in practice on the 200-acre farm scale at Whole Village Community
Successful strategies for selling the health benefits of organics
Building a sustainable, local organic food system in your community
SATURDAY WORKSHOP PROGRAM
The single flat fee paid program, enables you to attend any & all of these 20 workshops (WHAT A DEAL!) For more information on pricing go to: Register and sign up for the Saturday Pass!
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2 (90 MINUTES)
- 1C Organic crop quality: advanced fertility strategies to get the best from your farmland – Ruth Knight
Target audience: certified organic farmers who are producing crops for processors and grain brokers, from a consultant who deals daily with on-farm cropping challenges
- 2C Organic pasture management – forages, rotations, ration formulations – OMAFRA specialists Jack Kyle & Mario Mongeon + Eric Bowman organic grower
Target audience: organic livestock producers wanting to improve herds and pastures. Pastures can provide a significant amount of feed for ruminant livestock at costs considerably below stored feed. In this workshop we will discuss ways to optimize pasture production both from a productivity stand point and from an animal utilization perspective. Maintaining productive pastures throughout the growing season even when the weather man does not fully cooperate will reduce your feed costs significantly.
- 3C Forest gardening – the roots of regeneration – Shantree Kacera
Target audience: permaculture students wanting to start an acreage and those who want to learn from a generational practitioner
- 4C Transforming organic farming systems amidst chaotic climate change – Panel: Phil Beard, Ralph Martin, Ricardo Ramirez, Sally Ludwig
Target audience: climate change advocates and those wanting to forge the link between organic farming and change
- 5C The Co-Farmer Movement: partnering growers & consumers – Panel: Organic Council of Ontario – Julie Daniluk, John Devlin, Jodi Koberinski
Target audience: engaged consumers, organic activists, organic producers/ retailers, local community developers and those who want to re-ignite our organic movement. This workshop will provide insights for producers, retailers, activists, community organizers and engaged consumers on how we can re-invigorate our movement. We will explore the approaches we have taken in our first several months of our consumer campaign and share lessons learned about engagement in today’s climate. We will also be seeking input from participants on ways we can engage consumers: what do consumers need in exchange for supporting the movement? How can we best connect with engaged eaters?
Our photos are in! See if you are in them.