**What is a Meet & Greet?  It’s generally a 25-seat room where groups like FarmStart or Fibreshed or OMRI hold an open gathering for 1-hour or longer.  Conference guests arrive at the start time & specific room and are greeted by the organizers, sometimes with organic coffee provided.  You can attend for an hour while the main Conference noon lunch break is going on – whether you paid for the Conference workshop admission or not (what a great deal).
**Some Meet & Greets are listed as “only for” specific organic sector activists or farm consulting specialists.  Some programs are paid: e.g. the BD wine tasting.  Or with programs like the International Organic Inspectors trainings – these are geared to organic regulatory sector staff choosing to pay the registration fee – we list them here for public information & disclosure because these are the folks who inspect organic farmers & processors.  Most Meet & Greets listed here are set up to be free, open interest gatherings – which means YOU.

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Friday Daytime[Jan. 29]

Advanced Inspector Training, Guelph, Ontario [nearby hotel]
January 29, 2016 – IOIA will co-sponsor Advanced Inspector Training on Friday, January 29, in conjunction with the Guelph Organic Conference.  In anticipation of the forthcoming revision of the Canadian Organic Standards, the training will focus on standards updates and equivalency issues. Other topics are under development. Following the training, IOIA will host an informal reception combined with inspector discussion. Further details and a training application will be posted here when available.  Bill Barkley is co-ordinating this – sincere inquiries are welcome:


Saturday Daytime – times + details to follow [Jan. 30]

FARMSTART/FARMLINK: Meet & Greet Room – UC441 [4th floor]


OMRI: Meet & Greet Room – UC332 [3rd floor]


Upper Canada FibreShed: Meet & Greet Room – UC333 [3rd floor]


Society For BioDynamic Farming: Meet & Greet Room – UC334 [3rd floor]


Gayl Creutzberg/Ag. 3.0: Meet & Greet Room – UC335 [3rd floor]

Note: see also the continuation of this program on Sunday.

‘Farming for a Future’ Meet & Greet

Emergence dialogues for our times.  Led by Val Steinman, Gayl Creutzberg, Ruth Knight, Ingrid Vanderschot & Deb Carson, this newly formed group hosts events for the emergence of a new narrative – for food that nourishes, and farming that nurtures, weaving us back into the Sacred Web of Life. If you would like to be a part of this group, even to just get emails, come see us!  Or participate in our tomorrow’s more intensive & involved Sunday “Meet & Greet” discussion circle.

Saturday, January 30th, 2016 – Time: 12.00 noon – 1.30 pm


Maureen Bostock/Farm Inspector: Meet & Greet Room – UC333 [3rd floor]

12.15 pm till finished

GMO’s in the Canadian Organic Standard Discussion Forum – Grain farmers are invited to join members of the GMO Task Force of the Canadian Organic Standards Technical Committee for a discussion of the new requirements in the 2015 revision to the Canadian Organic Standard for protecting organic crops from GMO contamination. There will be a brief powerpoint presentation followed by a Q & A. Where: UC333; When: Sat. Jan. 30, 12:15 pm.

Please RSVP to


Saturday Evening

BioDynamic Food & Wine Event: Held at the Best Western. For tickets please contact Laurie McGregor.–


Sunday Daytime – times + details to follow [Jan. 31]

Switchgrass Information Session – UC441 – 12.00 noon

Information to follow.  This will be led by researchers and farmers who are growing switchgrass in Ontario.  Involves OMAFRA personnel and REAP-Canada personnel.


‘Farming for a Future’ Discussion Circle – UC335 – 12.00 noon

Join the ‘Farming for a Future’ group for a 3 hour discussion circle that spirals us deeper and deeper into exploring a question about the emergence of a new narrative for food… food that nourishes and farming that nurtures. Seating is limited and the session will be closed after it gets started.
Facilitated by Dr. Ralph Martin, U of Guelph Plant Agriculture.
Sunday, January 31th, 2016  –  Note: 3 hours: 12.00 noon – 3:00 pm

Contact Gayl

Occupational Health Issues For Organic Farmers – UC332 – 12.00 pm