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Conference 2018

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

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Attend our the 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 evening and ending Sunday at noon.

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 are pleased to invite you to meet our first Keynote Presenter Dawn Morrison on Friday evening during our Opening Reception. Dawn Morrison is the Founder, Chair and Coordinator of the B.C. Food Systems Networking Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty. After her words, we will offer an array of organic hors d'oeuvres courtesy of our local growers and an organic ale tasting!

Saturday morning we will kick-off the day of concurrent sessions with our second Keynote Presenter Kent Mullinix! Director at the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Kent works with a multidisciplinary team conducting applied research to advance sustainable agriculture and food systems, as a foundational and integral element of sustainable society.

Stay tuned for our other presentation summaries emerging 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 an a lot of knowledge in the room.

During the day on Saturday, the COABC hosts an exciting Trade Show from 7am to 2:30pm, here you can meet seed producers, check out tractor implements, greenhouse technologies, and much more. See the Trade Show page for who's coming this year.

Saturday has even more going on! After our concurrent sessions during the day, we will also have the Young Agrarians hosting a Mini-Mixer prior to our Organic Feast. 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.

In the evening we host an Organic Feast showcasing local ingredients grown organically and mostly donated to our celebration! We only sell tickets to the feast if we have the space. You can check with us closer to the date to see if any will become available. If you want to come, best buy your early bird ticket to the entire weekend ASAP!

Sunday we will have another delicious buffet breakfast before heading into more concurrent presentations. After our morning break, we have the Annual General Meeting before lunch, and the Canadian Organic Growers are hosting a small focus group after lunch to hear about your experience transitioning to organic from noon-2pm. Pre-registration is required for this please see more info here.



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