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There is a great organic industry trade event coming up February 7-9, 2013 in Portland, Oregon!

Founded in 2009 by Oregon Tilth, Oregon Seed Alliance, Sustainable Food Trade Association, and Organically Grown Company, Organicology brings together the regional farmers, makers and merchants invested in the organic and real food movement.

Registration closes on January 15th and there are small farmer discounts available on a first come, first serve basis.

With an impressive panel of keynote speakers and weekend filled with informative workshops, this sounds like an incredible event:

Organicology 2013: An Organic Food Industry Conference to Educate and Inspire

Keynote speakers Paul Stamets, Curt Ellis & Tom Philpott to discuss food systems and environmental issues – from soil to seed to table

PORTLAND, Ore.November 19, 2012 – As consumers have become more conscious about sustainability and the food on their plate, the organic food trade has grown. With this growth comes challenge. To meet this challenge, the many different sectors of the organic trade rely on each other to grow the organic food movement. Created by four organic trade organizations, Organicology is a collaborative platform that brings together the organic food community to advance trade knowledge and address challenges in the organic food trade through day-long intensives, workshops, networking and a trade show along with keynote addresses from field experts.

The third biennial Organicology conference will be held February 7-9, 2013 at the Hilton Downtown in Portland, Ore. With a highly interactive format, this year’s curriculum will provide an in-depth look at sustainability and farming and will include topics on organic policy, next-generation organic leaders and retail merchandising. New this year is a half-day roundtable presented by Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility on increasing food choices and improving access to healthy food in institutional settings. Registration is now open for this three-day event. For complete conference information, including registration, lodging and a schedule of intensives and workshops, receptions and live entertainment, visit our website or find us on Facebook.

Keynote Speakers:

Curt Ellis is a co-founder and the Executive Director of FoodCorps and the producer of King Corn, a film that helped drive policy around the Farm Bill and earned a George Foster Peabody Award. Under his Food and Community Fellowship with the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Ellis helped launch the mobile garden project, Truck Farm, and directed, Big River, a sequel to King Corn, for Discovery’s Planet Green.

Tom Philpott is a noted food and agriculture writer for Mother Jones and is the cofounder of Maverick Farms, a center for sustainable food education in Valle Crucis, North Carolina. For five years, Philpott served as a columnist, food editor and senior writer for Grist, an online environmental site. Maverick Farms has been featured in Gourmet and the New York Times, and in September 2008, Food & Wine named Philpott one of “ten innovators” who “will continue to shape the culinary consciousness of our country for the next 30 years.”

Paul Stamets has been a dedicated mycologist for over thirty years. He has discovered four new species of mushrooms and pioneered countless techniques in the field of edible and medicinal mushroom cultivation. Stamets sees the ancient old growth forests of the Pacific Northwest as a resource of incalculable value, particularly in terms of their fungal genome. He was named one of Utne Reader’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.” In February 2010, he received the President’s Award from the Society for Ecological Restoration: Northwest Chapter in recognition of his contributions to ecological restoration.

Connect: Trade Show and Networking

The conference will culminate with an organic trade show featuring more than 100 exhibitors ranging from small family farms, breweries and food manufacturers to farm input and organic seed suppliers and advocacy and education groups.

Generous underwriting for Organicology comes from industry partners, including Stemilt Artisan Organics, Wholesum Harvest, Covilli, Cal-Organic, Edible Seattle, Cooperative Grocer, Mother Jones, Oppenheimer, Earthbound Farms, Siri & Sons Farm, Clif Bar Family Foundation, Organics Unlimited, Bridges Organic Produce, WSDA Organic Program, Café Mam, Albert Lea Seed, Vitalis Organic Seed, White Wave Horizon Organics, PCC Markets, Ashland Food Co-Op, Sustainable Dynamics, Jacob’s Farm/Del Cabo and Lakeside Organic Gardens.

About Organicology’s Organizers

Recognizing the educational needs of the ever-growing organic and sustainable food and farming trade, four organizations leading the organic revolution founded Organicology in 2009:

  • Oregon Tilth is the nation’s premiere certifier for organics and a nonprofit research and education membership organization dedicated to biologically sound and socially equitable agriculture.
  • Organic Seed Alliance supports the ethical development and stewardship of the genetic resources of agricultural seed.
  • Sustainable Food Trade Association works to foster leading sustainable business practices in the organic food trade through education, consults, peer learning and annual reporting while promoting organic farming as the foundation of sustainability in the food trade.
  • Organically Grown Company is owned by its employees and growers and remains the largest organic fresh produce purveyor in the Pacific Northwest dedicated to promoting the health and vitality of the region through organic agriculture and a thriving sustainable food system.

(Hill, Lisa. “Get Schooled in Organicology.” November 19, 2012. Web. January 7, 2013)

Is this event something that could help grow your organic business? 

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