Saturday, February 16 – one-day conference:

Visionary Farmers and Visionary Consumers
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
89 Chestnut St., U of Toronto Conference Centre
Presented by Canadian Organic Growers
$65 ($85 after Jan. 15); COG members $55
Rates for students, retirees and unwaged

Includes an organic lunch and mini-market!

Info and registration: 1-888-375-7383

This conference is focused on the successes, challenges and future directions of those committed to an organic way of life. Keynote, Helge Hellberg, Executive Director of Marin Organic, sets the tone as he shares with us the story of his county devoted to going 100% organic. They have inspired schools, businesses and governments to take a stand for an alternative way of doing business and in doing so show us what a sustainable food system looks like.

Panels on topics including “Where’s the local in organic?”; “Being organic in a non-organic world”; “Organics making a difference – environmental impact”, “Can organics feed Ontario”; and “Ensuring organic integrity”. Participants include: Ann Clark, Gavin Dandy, Dag Falck, Wayne Roberts, Wally Seccombe, Julie Daniluk.

Also confirmed is Paula Sobie, a spin farmer from Victoria and Chef Ken Hueston of the amazing Vancouver Island Chefs Cooperative. What’s spin farming? SPIN is S-mall P-lot IN-tensive farming, a way to generate significant income on less than an acre of land. Perfect for urban dwellers, without land or capital, but who have lots of neighbours willing to let someone else grow in their backyards.

Plus a career track – meet the intrepid “new” farmers who, despite lacking land and farming skills, took the leap and followed their dreams of being organic farmers. Panel topics include: “Learning the Ropes: Apprenticing”; “Behind the Plow: Trials and Rewards” (moderated by FarmStart staff member, Sophie Llewelyn); and “Going to Market: Opportunities for Innovative Farmers”.

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