Organic diversity pursues mainstream path

January 3, 2003
Guelph, Ontario, CANADA

From January 24-26, the 22nd Annual Guelph Conference "Organic Goes Mainstream" will paint a diverse picture of the fast-changing organic sector by featuring programs geared to dairy, large market gardens, livestock, small fruits, marketing & lifestyles.

A first-ever organic dairy seminar is offered on the Friday, Jan. 24th launch day of the Conference, featuring leading organic dairy companies Mapleton & Jerseyland, facilitated by geneticist Paola Rozzi. To inspire organic farmers & those growers interested in business expansion, a table-top mini-expo will run within the seminar to highlight companies marketing organic dairy products.

Also running on the 24th is an in-depth organic market garden harvest efficiency & enterprise development seminar run by Michael Docter of Hadley, Mass. Docter manages an elaborate organic vegetable production
farm serving over 600 shareholders. So, whether participants are
interested in quota-controlled organic dairy management with its field-scale organic crop rotations plus certified organic feeds, or mid- to large-scale organic vegetable production, there's a Guelph seminar to inform & to speed innovation.

One of the Saturday, Jan. 25th workshops is led by Ontario expert Garry Lean, who in his own words said: "My experience & observations over the last 16 years as an organic farm inspector will be the basis for the workshop. The goal will be to develop an outline of strategies & resources that can be used as a tool for managing soil fertility on organic farms & gardens. This talk assumes that the grower wishes to meet organic certification requirements." Thus, Mr. Lean's hands-on presentation is targeted at growers who are ready to transition to the next stage - certified production.

Many leading eastern Canada marketing companies will be in the Organic Trade Show, now at 110 tables. About 25 companies have applied to sample their organic foods, coffees, fruits & juices. The 2-day Trade Show is a lively tasting fair & organic product showcase. Held in the "Guelph U.C."..... it is free to one & all.

An 80-page Proceedings will be distributed at the Conference. Over 30 seminars, workshops & organic food events offered to guests registering at-the-door. Detailed contact lists on request. Media Passes available on request to qualified media. A sincere note of appreciation is extended to the Guelph Conference Corporate Sponsors.

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* Please call/FAX Tomás Nimmo, Conference Manager: (705) 444-0923; FAX: 444-0380
* For brochures on the weekend sessions, call Conf. Response Line: (519) 824-4120, EXT. 52558
* For info on the Web, go to: <> Or, info: <[email protected]>

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