October, 2016 – Come to Guelph to absorb all the free information !

**What’s exactly is a Meet & Greet?  It’s usually a 25-seat room where groups like OMRI or OCO holds an open gathering for 1-hour or longer.  Any Conference guest can arrive at the start time/specific room, be greeted by the organizers, sometimes with organic coffee provided.  Generally you’ll attend for an hour while the Conference noon lunch break is going on – and the meeting is normally open to all, whether you paid for the Conference workshop admission or not (what a great deal) because nobody checks for badges.
**However, some Meet & Greets are listed as related to specific organic sector activists or farm consultants.  Some programs are paid.   Some are geared to organic regulatory sector staff who choose to pay a substantial registration fee – we list them here for public information & disclosure because these are the folks who inspect organic farmers & processors.  Most Meet & Greets which will be listed here are set up to be free, open interest gatherings – which means YOU.

CLICK HERE to get answers to your Frequently Asked Questions.

Friday January 27, 2017

Friday, January 27

Nothing on the program yet – awaiting bookings


Saturday January, 28, 2017

Saturday Daytime – times + details to follow [Jan. 28]



OMRI: Meet & Greet Room – UC441 [4th floor – 40-seat room] – 12.00-1.30 pm

How will the new organic standards affect inputs? During our annual Meet & Greet luncheon, OMRI will explain some of the big changes and the potential impact on lists of allowed materials and the OMRI Canada Products List©. Come for the soup and breadsticks, and stay for the question and answer session about input review. So that we can put together an accurate headcount [for soup ordering], please RSVP to by January 8 if possible. We’ll see you there!


DRAFT/CONFIRMED – awaiting data

Society For BioDynamic Farming: Meet & Greet Room – UC332 [3rd floor] – 10.00 am-3.00 pm



COTA – Canada Organic Trade Association: Meet & Greet Room – UC335 [3rd floor] – 12.00-1.30 pm

Policy discussion – details to follow



Gayl Creutzberg/Ag. 3.0: Meet & Greet Room – UC333 [3rd floor] – 12.00-1.30 pm

‘Farming for a Future’ Meet & Greet



Ruth Knight/Organic Consultant: Meet & Greet Room – UC334 [3rd floor] – 12.00-1.30 pm

Regeneration Farming Café – No-Till Organics: Experiences from the Field

Join fellow innovative farmers who are using no till practices in organic field and vegetable crops. The 2016 growing season brought us many challenges and provided us with a lot of learning opportunities. Join this event to discuss what worked for you this year and what you want to try for the coming season. Presentations from local farmers that have tried no-till soybeans and corn will help to get your thinking going. Topics will include single and multi-species cover crops, terminating with crimper-roller, adjusting crop rotations, equipment modifications, integrating livestock, and if you have to till for weed control, how to do the best job you can. Event is an open invitation to everyone. Contact Ruth Knight for further details.

Meet & Greet facilitated by Ruth Knight, Organic Consultant Inc.

Contact Ruth Knight at or 519 357 5224 and indicate if you plan to attend by January 18, 2017.




Thompson Limited: Meet & Greet Room – McNaughton 118 – 12.00-1.30 pm

Grower meeting – details to follow


Saturday Evening – BD Wine Event CANCELLED

CANCELLED – BioDynamic Food & Wine Event – with regrets.



Saturday Evening – in planning

Organic Council of Ontario – evening hospitality – stay tuned

Sunday January 29, 2017

Sunday, January 29 – times + details to follow

Organic Council of Ontario – Discussion – UC334 – 12.00 noon till finished

Focus: The State of the Ontario Organic Sector

Ontario boasts over $1 billion in sales of organic foods and yet only 2% of all agriculture in the province is organic. Why is the organic sector in Ontario growing so slowly in relation to demand?  What can government and the industry do to help Ontario businesses capture these growth opportunities? The Organic Council of Ontario received a grant from Growing Forward 2 in April 2016 to investigate the economic potential of organics, to assess the barriers to growth of the sector and to identify potential programs that could help support that growth over the next five years.  As part of the consultation, Carolyn Young has interviewed over 30 sector leaders and analyzed multiple surveys from organic growers and processors to gain insight into what Ontario Organics need to grow.  She will breakdown the needs by product and suggest recommendations for how the sector can build a sustainable funding strategy to support the priorities identified in this consultation.  To participate or to comment:
Marketing Discussion/by invitation – UC335 – afternoon