Full Day Program 10.00 am – 4.15 pm: Zach Loeks – The Permaculture Market Garden – includes book launch


Starting with natural systems as a base then increasingly building details for improved farming, this workshop covers key concepts of Permaculture Market Gardening.  

This will include: **Understanding & using ecosystem services, **Mapping & designing for your farm’s resources, **Planning holistically for your lifestyle, as well as **Patterning your garden for diversity.  This workshop immerses you in our farm and the possibilities for simplifying and improving your farm.

Zach Loeks operates Rainbow Heritage Garden in Cobden, Ontario.  He has spoken on the Guelph program in recent years – this year, he also has a Saturday morning workshop [Permabeds] plus a Sunday morning workshop [Root cellar design].

613 717 2211
Eat Fresh – Eat Local – Eat Organic


Pricing: – ADULT $50 up till January 10/17 then $70 or at the door + HST; STUDENT $45 flat fee advance registration or at the door + HST


  • Morning opening presentation: 10.00 am – 12.00 noon
  • Lunch break: 12.00 noon – 1:15 pm – pre-purchase organic box lunch or go to Centre 6 Café – largest café in Guelph, very near seminar room
  • Afternoon intensive: 1.15 pm-4.15 pm

Pre-Ordered Organic Lunch: You will be able to pre-order a $15 organic box lunch when registering which will be delivered to the room.  Or, you can also buy lunch in the nearby CENTRE 6 Café which has a huge selection of food from vegan to everything else.  Organic coffee provided during the day.

PLAN AHEAD: We suggest you arrive early – by 9.00 – 9.15 a.m. at Registration UC103 (latest arrival – 9.45 a.m.) in order to register, hang up your coat inside UC103, find the proper room downstairs, get a chair and meet the fellow workshop guests FOR SOME INTENSE PRE-SEMINAR NETWORKING.


Evening Symposium Program 6.00 pm-9.00 pm: Living The Green Dream – Meet The Ontario Homesteaders – Catherine Stilo, Melinda Zytaruk, David Masters

–full details to follow soon

EVENING SEMINAR • A Guelph organic educational/social/wine event.  The seminar blends an intense discussion/Q&A with a social networking featuring organic wine.  A perfect combination.

Colorful and fresh chives with pollinating bee in spring sunlight










Mid-seminar (@ 7.30 pm) the action moves to organic wine & organic finger food sampling at round cocktail tables in the same room. This allows for face-to-face discussion of issues raised in the panelist presentation. In other words, the serious networking starts !

The speakers have in-room displays of their products & services. Official seminar end: 9.00 pm but the room stays open.

Pricing: $35 advance price (up to Jan. 10/17) or $45 after January 10 or at-the-door.  HST added.
Arrival details: when you arrive, register first on the Guelph University Centre Main Level at UC103 (Registration Room) then proceed up the north elevator (far end of building) to the 4th floor to UC442 by 5:45 pm for some introductions & networking prior to 6:00 pm.  There will be table-top displays for you to see from all the participants and their groups.


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