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Conference 2018

Friday February 23 to Sunday February 25, 2018
Abbotsford, BC

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General Information

Attend our COABC 2018 Conference in Abbotsford! February 23-25th at the Quality Hotel Conference Centre we are celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the COABC and we have a thought-provoking line-up of presentations beginning Friday afternoon and ending Sunday at noon.

Friday Afternoon space is limited for our two presenters 1:30-3:30 pm: Tia Loftsgard, Executive Director with the Canadian Organic Trade Association is out West and we are lucky enough to have her give us an update on the State of Organics in Canada up-close and personal!

We also have Heather Pritchard who sits on the “Sustain BC- Farmland Protection and Production Committee" and is Chair of Slow Food in Canada will be speaking about the newly incorporated Foodlands Cooperative of BC alongside Darcy Smith Young Agrarians Land Linking guru. Be sure to pre-register to secure your spot when you are completing your online registration for the conference. This event is free to those attending the conference.

Our theme this year, inspired by unpredicted weather and a need to adapt as food producers to these meteorological events is, "Bioregionalism: Creating Resilience in a Changing Climate."

We invite you to join us to meet our Keynote Presenter Dawn Morrison on Friday Evening during our Opening Reception. Her Presentation will be: Sustainable Land and Food Systems - Indigenous Peoples, Social Justice, and Original Instructions. Dawn is of Secwepemc ancestry and is the Director of the Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty. After her words, we will enjoy organic hors d'oeuvres with ingredients donated by our own local organic growers and a fantastic organic ale tasting, hosted by Crannog Ales.

Saturday morning, our second Keynote Presentation will kick off the day: Kent Mullinix is Director at the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at Kwantlen Polytechnic University where he works with a multidisciplinary team conducting applied research to advance sustainable agriculture and food systems, as a foundational and integral element of sustainable society. The title of his presentation is Food Systems in a changing environmental, economic, and societal climate: our path to a sustainable food system future.

Our presentation summaries are all posted on the conference workshops and presenters pages. We work hard to provide educational workshops and presentations that span the interests of every field within the organic world, in others words - there's something for everyone and a lot of knowledge in the room.

Childcare at this year's conference is limited, we need to gauge interest. Please email the event coordinator to get the details as we are planning to offer Saturday kids programming for the first time, which will include a kids Saturday afternoon farmers market for adults to tour through! Please email:

COABC Trade Show & Seed Swap: The COABC conference features an exciting Saturday trade show between 7:30am-2:30 pm. Located right beside our main event - this is a great opportunity to discover new resources and products that could be integrated into your farm operation. Located in the Trade Show we will have an Organic Seed Corner, hosted by BC Eco Seed Co-op representatives who will be giving short presentations during our morning break and afternoon break - don't miss out!

Later Saturday...
Our COABC Silent Auction! Please indicate on your registration is you would like to donate something, this is a fundraiser our event depends on to help cover overhead costs.

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.
Featuring Locally Produced and generously donated ingredients from our amazing BC Organic Growers and Distributors.


Organic Breakfast
Concurrent Presentations

COG Focus Group for those Interested or Experienced in Transitioning to Organic Noon-3pm (Pre-register & See COG Info page) info here.

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