This year in Nanaimo, February 24th - 26th,our annual conference will celebrate and connect our certified organic community. The COABC conference strives to provide a weekend of inspiration, learning, and networking by inviting presenters from all walks of the Organics world. We will enjoy locally sourced, certified organic ingredients, paired with local musicians that will rouse us to cut loose, in the most organic way, of course.
2017’s theme is “Relationships in Transition." The diversity of the presentations and discussions will be a reflection of the hats we wear as entrepreneurs, marketers, growers, processors, retailers and researchers, and so many more.
We will be incorporating cross cultural exchange at our conference, to enhance relationships with our neighbours and the land we farm. We are pleased to announce that Nicholas Peterson will be our keynote speaker this year. Nicholas is a farmer at Nicola Valley Produce and member of the Lower Nicola Indian Band in Merritt, BC. Nicholas will speak to the significance of relationships and ceremony as the foundation for sustainability. We look forward to celebrating Indigenous food sovereignty and learning from the ancestral stewards of our lands.
FRIDAY WORKSHOP: We are offering Organic Certification 101 on Friday afternoon prior to the conference. Presented by Rochelle Eisen, the 3 hour workshop will give an orientation to the certification process. Rochelle will cover the do’s and don’ts of organic standards, and explain who’s who in the organic certification world in BC, Canada and beyond. Those in attendance are encouraged to ask questions and Regional Administrators for Certification Bodies will join the last hour to help fill in paperwork. Registration for this workshop is separate from the conference, you can register on this page.
COABC Seed Swap: Come and share seeds with fellow farmers! The COABC Seed Exchange is the perfect place to explore new varieties, share your favourite cultivars, donate the extra seeds you have, and learn about seeds and seed saving from fellow seed producers. Bring seed that are open-pollinated and share as much information as possible about your seeds (location, population size, cultural stories, etc.). Packets and markers will be provided. The Seed Exchange will be hosted by the B.C. Eco Seed Co-op and the UBC Farm Seed Hub.
Young Agrarians Mixer: All ages welcome! This event is for the young and the young-at-heart. Meet other awesome agrarians, who value food, farmers, nature and community. Connect and find out who is in the room, doing what, and where with local food. Join us in February at the Coast Bastion Hotel on Snuneymuxw Territory in Nanaimo, BC!
COABC Trade Show: The COABC conference features an exciting Saturday trade show. Located on the second floor with the conference Open Networking area and snacks. This is a great opportunity to discover new resources and products that could be integrated into your farm operation.
If you would like to register for a booth in our Trade Show we offer a commercial price and a non-profit price, please visit our Eventbrite COABC 2017 Conference Trade Show page.
Please Visit our Conference Website for more details as they become available
Cancellation Policy: The COABC will refund registration fees less a 25% service fee until Feb. 17, 2017.
Cancellation requests must be made to the Conference Coordinator to the following address:
or to the COABC office: COABC, 202 – 3002 32 Avenue, VERNON, BC V1T 2L7
Refunds will not be provided after Feb. 17, 2016 and refund payments will be prepared after the conference.