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Certified Organic Association of BC
Friday February 26 to Sunday February 28, 2016
Vernon, BC

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Conference Program at a Glance

Friday, February 26, 2015

O'Keefe SalonVernon SalonAberdeen Salon
9:30 - 21:00Registration (Foyer)
10:00 - 12:00 COR-ISO 17065 Roundtable (10-noon)
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch on Own
(Bourbon Street is in Hotel)
1:00 - 2:45 WORKSHOP: Managing Soil to Maximize Agroecosystem Resiliency SOLD OUT VO/CC/CB Meeting & Training
2:45 - 3:00 Break (Okanagan Salon) Break (Okanagan Salon)
3:00 - 4:30 WORKSHOP: Managing Soil SOLD OUT VO/CC/CB Meeting PACS AGM (4:30 – 6:30)
4:30 - 6:30Time for Dinner (Bourbon Street is in the hotel)
6:30 - 7:00Welcoming Remarks (Ballroom)
7:00 - 8:00Open Space Discussions -- Facilitated by Arzeena Hamir and Moss Dance
8:00 - 10:00Reception featuring organic cheese with organic beer, wine and spirits (sampling & cash bar)

Saturday, February 27, 2015

7:15 - 19:00Registration (Foyer)
7:30 - 8:15Breakfast (Ballroom)
8:00 - 8:15Conference Welcome and Introduction (Carmen Wakeling)
8:15 - 8:30Tribute to Mary Forstbauer
8:30 - 9:00 Keynote Dr. Vandana Shiva
9:00 - 10:30Ellison SalonO'Keefe SalonVernon SalonAberdeen Salon
Keeping Honeybee Colonies Healthy with Organic Acids
  • James Macdonald
  • Max Macdonald
  • Doug Gordon
Basic Seed Growing for Profit, Biodiversity and Freedom
  • Jon Alcock
Organics 101 - Certification Made Easy
  • Rochelle Eisen
SILENT AUCTION
&
OPEN
NETWORKING
SPACE
10:30 - 11:00Coffee & Treats - Break for movement between workshops (Okanagan Salon)
10:30 – 10:50: Chris Bodnar – How to Fit Social Media into Your Farming Schedule (COTA-COABC Table)
11:00 - 12:30Ellison SalonO'Keefe SalonVernon SalonAberdeen Salon
Stories From the Vanguard of Organics New Times, New Tools: Cultivating Climate Resilience on Your Farm (SKYPE)
  • Laura Lengnick
Changes to the Canadian Organic Standards: An Essential Update (Crop Production, Specialty Crops, Livestock & Apiculture)
  • Anne Macey
  • Rochelle Eisen
SILENT AUCTION
&
OPEN
NETWORKING
SPACE
12:30 - 1:30Lunch (Ballroom)
1:00 – 1:15: Darcy Smith – Best Practices: Copy & Text (COTA-COABC Table)
1:30 - 3:00Ellison SalonO'Keefe SalonVernon SalonAberdeen Salon
Navigating Farm-Scale Slaughter
  • Tristan Banwell
  • Corey Brown
  • Steve Meggait
BC Seeds Roundtable
  • Vandana Shiva
  • Arzeena Hamir
  • Victoria Seed Library
  • BC Eco Seed Coop
  • Moderated by Heather Pritchard
Agriculture and Climate Change Adaptation: Programs, Projects and Progress in B.C.
  • Emily MacNair
SILENT AUCTION
&
OPEN
NETWORKING
SPACE
3:00 - 3:30Coffee & Treats (Okanagan Salon)
3:05 – 3:20: Moss Dance – How to grow and engage social media followers, build community and increase sales (COTA-COABC Table)
3:30 - 5:00Ellison SalonO'Keefe SalonVernon SalonAberdeen Salon
Becoming an Egg Producer
  • Katie Lowe
Re-Evaluating a Much Maligned Insect: Investigating the role of Earwigs as a Biological Control in Apple Orchards
  • Tamara Richardson
Resilience is Fertile - Managing Your Soil to Increase Farm Ecological Functioning
  • Sean Smukler
Organic Policy Update, BC Ministry of Agriculture
  • Susan Smith
Setting SMART Goals for Your Business Plan
  • Chris Bodnar
SILENT AUCTION
&
OPEN
NETWORKING
SPACE
5:00 - 6:45
  • Join us in the Aberdeen Salon for a YA Mini-Mixer OR
  • In the Foyer for a Seed Exchange OR
  • In the Board Room for the Video Booth OR
  • In the Hospitality Suite for Refreshments
7:00 - 8:00Banquet & Awards (Ballroom)
9:00 - 9:30Final bidding on Silent Auction
9:00 - 11:00Social

Sunday, February 28, 2015

8:00 - 9:00Breakfast (Ballroom)
9:00 - 10:30Ellison SalonO'Keefe SalonVernon SalonAberdeen Salon
Feasibility & Practices for Small Scale Organic Hops Production in BC
  • Monte Staats
FCC: Connecting Young Farmers to Opportunity
  • Chantal Keely
Farmscale Water Management
  • Gordon Hiebert
Excitement, Experience, Expert: Pathways to Advanced Seed Saving
  • Jen Cody
Changes to the Canadian Organic Standards: An Essential Update (Preparation - Processing)
  • Anne Macey
  • Rochelle Eisen
OPEN
NETWORKING
SPACE
10:30 - 11:00Coffee & Treats (Okanagan Salon)
11:00 - 12:00AGM (Ballroom)
12:00 - 1:00Lunch
12:30 - 1:30Board Orientation (Aberdeen Salon))


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