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Organic Connections

Thursday, November 6, 2014 – WORKSHOPS DAY – Separate or Combined Registration – Credits given

9:00 – 12:00
WORKSHOPS : Working with Weeds and Soils
Conexus Arts Centre – Schumiatcher Room
SOILS - Dr. Andy Hammermeister, Wally Hamm, Dr. Myriam Fernandez, Dr. Brian McConkey
            • The origin of soil and its properties? OR (Where soil comes from). Andy
            • - Understanding nutrients in the soil. Wally
            • - Examples of cropping systems and soil management. Myriam and Brian
Lunch
Organic lunch buffet
1:00 – 4:00
WEEDS - Dr. Steve Shirtliffe, Dr. Brenda Frick
Conexus Arts Centre – Schumiatcher Rooms
4:45 - 6:15
Organic Priority Setting Workshop Reporting Meeting – Directed by SOD (Observers Welcome)
Conexus Arts Centre – Schumiatcher Rooms

Thursday, November 6, 2014 –Public Presentation

7:30 -
Public Presentation Dr. Gilles-Eric Seralini and Chef Jérôme Douzelet no pre-registration needed Culinary Pleasures or Hidden Poisons? Dialogue between a chef and a scientist

Friday, November 7, 2014 – FULL CONFERENCE and TRADE SHOW – Day one

7:00 – 9:00
Trade Show Set Up Jacki Shumiatcher Room
8:00 – 9:00
Registration and Coffee - Trade Show Opens – Music by Ray Bell
9:00 – 10:00
Opening Comments – Convention Hall
Gary Johnson SOD President – Saskatchewan Organic Industry Priority Setting Update
10:00 –11:00
Plenary 1: Mark Kastel
Local, Healthy, Sustainable Food Systems: Hyperbole or Sensation?
11:00 – 12:00
Agronomics
Convention Hall
Dr. Thierry Vrain –

The latest science on the nutritional status of GMOs
Life Styles
New Brunswick Room
Melinda Hemmelgarn M.S., R.D

– Here’s to Your Health: Benefits of Organic Food and Farming On and Beyond Your Plate
Future of Farming
Quebec/Ontario Rooms
Wally Hamm, Dag Falck

Organic Advantages – The economics, consumer demand and environmental stewardship
12:00 – 1:00
Organic Lunch and Trade Show
1:00 – 2:30
Agronomics
Convention Hall
Oats - How Canadian producers are changing the face of organic oats:
David Hobson, Sam Godwin, Terry Tyson –

AB and SK have been collaborating on new models of on-farm research and variety development to advance this lowly yet important grain.

Life Styles
New Brunswick Room
Various Options to Standard Operating Practices:

Keith Neu –
Community Shared Agriculture the what and the why
Neil Dennis -
Regenerative Grazing Management Video
https://vimeo.com/80518559 Discussion

Future of Farming
Quebec/Ontario Rooms
New Organic Growers and Succession Alternatives:

Al Boyko and Helene Tremblay Boyko - organic mentor growers - Transitions and Mentorship – some new options are explored

James Schiller –
Experiences of a new organic grower

2:30 – 3:30
Refreshment Break,
Explore the Trade Show
Or at Innovation Centre in the Quebec/Ontario Rooms hear Mark Kastel

The Competitive Environment in Local, Direct Marketed and Organic Foods:
the Guerrilla Marketing Advantage
3:30 – 4:30
Plenary 2: Dr. David Sauchyn
Convention Hall
Designing Resilient Agriculture for a World of Changing Weather
4:30 – 5:30
Hemp Production and Beef Producers Discussion Group
Quebec/Ontario Rooms
sponsored by Clear Creek Organics, Dad’s Organic Market and Manitoba Hemp Harvest
5:30 – 6:00
Cocktails - Convention Hall
6:00 – 7:00
Organic Banquet
7:00 – 7:30
Organic Hero Awards
7:30 – 11:00
Poetry and Song Writing Contest and Entertainment - Kory Istace VS The Time Pirates

Saturday, November 8, 2014 – FULL CONFERENCE and TRADE SHOW – Day two

8:30 – 9:30
Registration
8:30 – 9:30
Plenary 3 - Dr. Seralini and Chef Jérôme Douzelet
Convention Hall
Chemical pollutants and GMOs in food: effects on health and detoxification
9:30 – 10:30
Refreshment Break,
Explore the Trade Show
Or at Innovation Centre in the Quebec/Ontario Rooms to  hear
Paul Hanley,
author of ELEVEN PEAK POPULATION AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF CIVILIZATION
The forces eroding the present social-ecological order are also preparing humanity for a cultural transformation that will make a resilient world of 11 billion people possible.
10:30 – 12:00
Agronomics
Convention Hall
Soils and Weeds - condensed
Dr. Myriam Fernandez and Dilshan Benaragama –

Gleanings from Thursday’s workshop
Lifestyles
New Brunswick Room
Diana Morden –

Yoga “For Farmer’s Backs”
Future of Farming
Quebec/Ontario Rooms
Farmers and the Consumer Connection
Matthew Holmes
–‘Think’ Campaign (10 yr. organic history and future potential of organics)
12:00 – 1:00
Organic Lunch and Trade Show Floor
1:00 – 2:30
Agronomics
Convention Hall
Dr. Gary Martens and
Dr. Martin Entz –

A conversation on building functional organic farms
Lifestyles
New Brunswick Room
Jodi Koberinski –

Transforming Food Systems: An Activist's Journey
Opportunities and Objectives
Quebec/Ontario Rooms
Chef Jérôme Douzelet , Chef Mariana Brito , Chef Jenni Willems -

Three innovative, entrepreneurial Chefs disclose their love for local, organic food and places and ways to share their need to feed people well
2:30 – 3:30
Refreshments Break,
Explore the Trade Show
Or at Innovation Centre hear

Lisa Mumm – Sprouts & Microgreens - The Easy, Year-Round Indoor Garden - New Brunswick Room
or
Ted Zettel – Looking ahead at COR Standards Revisions and Management - Quebec/Ontario Rooms
3:30 – 4:30
Plenary 4: – Melinda Carr Hemmelgarn - Convention Hall
F.A.R.M.: Food, Art, Revolution, Media – Changing the Way We Think to Change the Way We Eat 
4:30 – 5:00
Closing Comments, Silent Auction winners and Door Prizes

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