A three-day curriculum like no other. 

Imagine three days of education, inspiration, connection, and fun—that’s the core spirit of Organicology. We’ve organized this schedule so that you can maximize your time learning, networking and socializing in an exciting environment. Throughout the conference there are many breaks, social opportunities and celebratory events—all good for us and the planet.

We're putting together a fabulous schedule and fleshing out our timeline, but a snapshot of the daily routine is below. The 2017 curriculum is designed was to engage a wide variety of stakeholders, from farmers/farm laborers, processors, distributors and brokers, to retailers, nonprofits, service providers, educators/researchers, certifiers, and eaters. New this year we’ve organized and categorized our curriculum into educational tracks, highlighted below. 

Thursday, February 2nd

The first day will consist of five different day-long intensive sessions. Intensives provide a deeper understanding of the topic at hand. You’ll walk away with critical tools that will challenge and empower you. We'll explore topics such as independent ownership models, business management for organic farms, producers seeking to transition to organic, cultivating natural resources and biodiversity on the farm, and making sustainability choices to be a resilient business in the marketplace. 

Business Management

The Case for Independence in the Organic Trade: Creating and Sustaining Business Enterprises that Provide Vision, Leadership and a Path to Succession | 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Business Management for Organic Vegetable, Seed and Grain Producers | 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Farm Management Techniques 

Natural Resources and Biodiversity Farm Tour | 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Growing the Organic Market

Transition and Growth in the Organic Sector  | 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sustainability

Creating a Resilient Business through Sustainable Practices | 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Special Events


Friday, February 3rd

Day two is filled with a mix of diverse two hour workshops. These shorter sessions will cover a multitude of condensed topics. Choose the workshops that pique your interest or explore new ideas.

Business Management

Farm Management Techniques 

  • Farm Succession: Why planning now is critical, and resources to begin | 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Farming Like a System: Learning from the data and experiences of experienced organic farmers | 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Managing Farms and Creating Habitat to Support Conservation Biological Control | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Growing the Organic Market

Leadership

Politics & Policy

Produce

Seeds

Social Justice

Sustainability

Special Events


Saturday, February 4th

Our final day is dedicated to the organic trade show, designed to stimulate your brain and taste buds. But most importantly, it’s all about the connections—network, network, network! We call it the Organic Exhibition--the largest gathering of organic producers, farmers, businesses and organizations. There’s no better opportunity to meet new people and build stronger partnerships.                                                                          

Trade Show 

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Saturday Sessions

We've included four educational classes on Saturday. These sessions are focused on the following topics: 

Politics & Policy

Looking to the Future: Sustainable and Organic Agriculture Policy in the Next Farm Bill  | 10:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m.

Research

Future Organic Research for Farmer Needs | 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sustainability 

Digging into the Details: Hands on Guidance to Assess your Sustainability Progress | 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Special Events

Three square meals are provided in your conference registration.