Friday February 24 to Sunday February 26, 2017
Coast Bastion, Nanaimo, BC
Join us in Nanaimo at the Coast Bastion Hotel for our next annual conference. 2017's theme is "Relationships in Transition: Land, Livestock, Waterways, and Community." We will have sessions for producers from small and large, processors looking to reach the wholesale market, livestock health and welfare. This year we will host a roundtable discussion sharing cross-cultural perspectives on Indigenous foods.
Other highlights: The BC Eco Seed Co-op and the UBC Farm Seed Hub will be co-hosting a Saturday seed swap and the Young Agrarians also will be hosting a Mixer.
Prior to the conference, on Friday afternoon Rochelle Eisen is offering an Organic Certification 101 workshop. Registration for this is separate, since there is limited space.
Check the website regularly for new information as it emerges.
Keynote Speaker: Nicholas Peterson
Nicholas Peterson is a farmer at Nicola Valley Produce (www.growinggarlic.ca) with his wife Vileena and five children, specializing in gourmet garlic cultivars. He is a member of the Lower Nicola Indian Band in Merritt, BC, and was elected Councillor in 2013. Nicholas is currently working on his Masters of Environmental Science from Thompson Rivers University, exploring Native Seed Germination for land reclamation and restoration. Nicholas has always had a passion for growing plants and learning from his natural surroundings. He loves learning and applying the principles taught to him through his First Nations heritage.
Nicholas will be helping to create meaning and value in our relationships with everything around us. He will speak to why these connections are crucial for true sustainability and will share the practices he and his family use to strengthen, deepen and develop connection. Nicholas’s experiences and stories will come from the lens of a husband and father, farmer, and First Nation's leader. Nicholas believes we as farmers play a vital role in restoring relationships across humanity, as we teach others and offer intimate experiences with food.