Are you involved in farming, food production or hospitality? Do you want to support local initiatives, with an emphasis on organic farming and production?
You are cordially invited to COABC’s 2012 Conference, Innovations.
The conference provides educational and networking opportunities for new and established farmers, as well as the general public. We feature educational topics presented by knowledgeable speakers who are experts in their field.
The 2012 conference theme focuses on “innovation”.
We have pulled together a wonderful selection of presentations that provide new insight into various concerns or challenges we experience in the farming community. These could be concerns related to on-farm management systems, succession planning, alternative farm models, certification, marketing or broader social issues.
The three main theme areas:
· On-Farm Innovations – this area focuses on on-farm issues such as wildlife management, the production and use of biochar, permaculture, waste reduction and utilization, simple record keeping and animal welfare.
· Alternative Farm Models – this area will explore different farming models and examine the good, the bad and the ugly. We will look into different forms of cooperative farming, community farming and land leasing arrangements. We’ll also examine a farm school education program and a Young Agrarians network of new farmers.
· Social Justice – this area will focus on issues that are rarely discussed openly in the farming community. We’ll examine farm worker housing situations, apprenticeship programs, conflict and nuisance complaints as well as working with people from First Nations and marginalized communities.
In addition to these streams we will also have the opportunity to explore other topics that have been raised as key issues to address. These include community seed collectives, innovative marketing tools such as social media, and resources for selling at the farmers’ market. There will also be exhibitors, opportunities for networking and excellent food sourced from BC's producers.
We are also extremely fortunate to welcome Humberto Ríos Labrada and his son Humberto Ríos Rodriguez from Cuba to provide our keynote presentation and entertainment after the Saturday evening banquet.
Humberto and his son will be speaking about the participatory farmer controlled Plant Breeding and Seed Diffusion methodologies (PPB & PSD) and his now world acknowledged & prize winning Programs of Innovations for Local Agriculture (PILA / PIAL). We’re very excited that they will be able to join us!
Other conference highlights (subject to change)
· Friday evening wine and cheese reception
· Trade Show and Poster Presentations: a marketplace of products and ideas to challenge your imagination
· Practical and interactive workshops all day Saturday and Sunday morning
· COABC AGM Sunday
You can find the schedule and more details, including hotel bookings at our event website:
When & Where
Certified Organic Associations of BC
The British Columbia Organic sector strives to ensure high quality products in sufficient quantity produced under safe working conditions. Organic farmers work to nurture living, healthy soil, biological diversity, ecological harmony using sustainable practices and renewable resources including healthy animals and natural livestock socialization. The sector as a whole supports integrated, diversified farms which receive adequate farmer returns.