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A SUSTAINABLE FOOD FUTURE
Organicology is presented in partnership by Oregon Tilth, Organically Grown Company, Organic Seed Alliance, and the Sustainable Food Trade Association.
Each organization brings their own level of expertise in the sector, to create a unique conference that drives our food system toward a healthier, sustainable future.
The next Organicology conference will be held in Portland, Ore. from February 14-16, 2019. Have an idea for a workshop session? We need your input to help shape our education programming for the conference. If you are interested in suggesting a speaker or submitting a session idea, please complete the online request for proposals form. Please note that the RFP will close on February 28, 2018.
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Our three guest speakers called for symbiotic alliances and unity to generate positive change in our community, our food and our future.
“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.”
“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.”
“We build economic fertility by starting from a place of acknowledgement. Ecological fertility is the bridge between economic and social fertility.”
Organicology’s “intensive sessions” are a unique combination of in-depth trainings and promoted discussions around big issues facing farms, processors, consumers and other food chain players. The 2017 conference produced the following intensives:
Transition and growth in the organic sector
Leaders from across the supply chain worked together to confirm what are the biggest challenges to organic. The session facilitator led participants in the development of potential strategies, partnerships and action steps to strengthen the U.S. organic supply chain.
Creating and sustaining business enterprises that provide vision, leadership and a path to succession
Participants learned from first-hand experiences of organic trading companies that have both held onto and surrendered their private ownership. Considerations and guidance were presented for 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 farmers
Financial information can be a tool for making smarter farm business decisions. Participants unpacked what financial statements can tell you about the health of your farm business and can be used to evaluate the economics of a crops, enterprises, and production practices on your farm.
Creating a resilient business through sustainable practices
Participants reviewed best practices from peers, each company presenting real examples of defining sustainability in their businesses. Session attendees learned how to turn sustainable-minded practices into financial and cultural benefits for their operations.
Natural resources and biodiversity farm tour
Regional farmers shared on-farm practices and activities that support natural resources and biodiversity. Participants mixed in-class presentations with walking tours through hedgerows, discovered native planting plans, and observed cover crop strategies to evaluate means for enhancing habitat and healthy soil.
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Join us as we build a brighter food future for people and planet.