Organic Connections

Organic Connections

Organic Connections

Organic Connections

Organic Connections

Organic Connections

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RegistrationNovember 1-3, 2018 Prairieland Park - Saskatoon, SK

Growing Organics to Meet the Demand
November 1-3, 2018
Prairieland Park - Saskatoon, SK
Largest Organic Conference in Western Canada


Keith Neu

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Presenter Bio

Keith was born in Star City in 1958; the household moved to Hudson Bay when he was five. His
father, Arnold, farmed and went logging, but did not raise livestock. Keith counts his farming
career from age 14 when he was first paid to drive tractor all summer long.
At first he was a ‘conventional’ bachelor farmer, starting in the early 1980s. Like so many young
farmers at that time, he was forced into bankruptcy before the decade ended. His father, still
farming as well, scraped through and decided to ‘go organic’ rather than continue to pour money
into pesticides and fertilizers when it wasn’t coming back in yields or sales.
Keith left to work in the Alberta oil patch for three years, then returned with a wife and a nest
egg and so was in a position to take over the homestead when his father retired. They became
Certified Organic in 1990.
In the spring of 2006, Keith attended a meeting in Prince Albert organized by Food Secure Sask.
Everyone was really concerned about the quality of food available, the chemicals being used, and
who controlled their food supply. Keith knew a bit about Community Shared Agriculture, and
since he’d already been selling his beef directly to consumers since 2000, he started talking to
some city friends who were very enthusiastic about the idea. In the spring of 2007, he started his
Community Shared Agriculture Project: Etomami Community Organic (ECO) Farm.

Presenter's Sessions

Market Gardens Today: The good, the bad, and how it is changing Breakout Sessions

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Breakout Room 4