Each organization brings their own level of expertise in the sector, to create a truly unique conference that drives our food system toward a healthier, sustainable future. The next Organicology will be held in Portland, OR in 2019.
2017 Keynote Addresses
Our three keynotes addressed similar calls to action: Symbiotic alliances and unity for our movement’s causes are crucial to generate positive change in our community, our food and our future.
- Mas Masumoto | View keynote
“It’s my hope that when we work together in this ecosystem with shared values, we can transform the food system. I want to foster a food system that is not based on failures of others. In many ways, this thought is revolutionary.”
- Eric Holt-Gimenez | View keynote
“We have to make social and structural changes beyond food and farms. Social issues have been used to divide us…and we need to build bridges and alliances to achieve transformation.”
- Nikki Silvestri | View keynote
“We build economic fertility by starting from a place of acknowledgement. Ecological fertility is the bridge between economic and social fertility.”
2017 Intensive Training Sessions
At the 2017 conference, several topics dominated the workshops and panels, but the intensive sessions truly brought forth in-depth trainings and discussions around big issues facing farms, processors, consumers and other food chain players.
The conference produced the following intensives:
- Transition and Growth in the Organic Sector
This full day solution-shop brought together leaders from across the supply chain to (1) confirm where and what the biggest challenges to organic are and (2) agree on new strategies, partnerships and action steps that taken together will strengthen the US organic supply chain.
- The Case for Independence in the Organic Trade: Creating and Sustaining Business Enterprises that Provide Vision, Leadership and a Path to Succession
This day long intensive focused on the experiences of organic trading companies that have both held onto and surrendered their private ownership, with guidance on how to walk the path of independence, from creating your business to sustaining it and passing the torch to those who follow.
- Business Management for Organic Vegetable, Seed and Grain Producers
This intensive covered how to use financial information to make smarter business management decisions and what basic financial statements can tell you about your farm business, in addition to how to evaluate the economics of a specific crop/enterprise on your farm.
- Creating a Resilient Business through Sustainable Practices
This sustainability intensive reviewed the factors and best practices that define “sustainability” in the organic food industry. Participants also learned about some of the many studies that show how these factors translate into increased financial benefits via employee and consumer impacts. The intensive brought this information to life with speakers who present sustainability case studies from their own companies.
- Natural Resources and Biodiversity Farm Tour
The tour showed how farmers can implement a range of activities on their farm to support natural resources and biodiversity. Hedgerows can provide habitat to birds that eat insect pests. Flowering plants in fields can provide food for pollinators. Healthy soil can support more productive crops and reduce runoff.The first half of the intensive was spent in a classroom setting. Following lunch, a half day farm tour showed these principles in action.