Organic Food
coabc conference 2014

Conference 2014

Certified Organic Associations of BC
Friday, February 21st - Sunday, February 23rd 2014 Coast Bastion Hotel, 11 Bastion Street, Nanaimo, BC

This year's theme is "Work-Life Balance"

COABC's Conference provides educational and networking opportunities for new and established farmers, as well as the general public. We feature educational topics presented by knowledgeable speakers who are experts in their field.

Keynote Speaker - Melissa Coleman

Photo credit: Alan Boutot

Melissa Coleman is the author of "This Life Is in Your Hands: One Dream, Sixty Acres, and a Family's Heartbreak," a New York Times bestseller, Indie Next Pick, People's Pick in People Magazine, and a nonfiction finalist for the New England Book Award and Maine Literary Award.

Melissa is a columnist for Maine Home + Design magazine, blogs at Bright-Minded Home, and organizes the Super Famous Writers Series at The Telling Room, a Portland writing center for children and young adults. Her father, Eliot Coleman, is one of the most influential organic farmers in the country, a trailblazer in the locavore and the whole food movements. She lives in Maine with her husband and twin daughters and can be found at

A look at the history of the back-to-the-land organic movement, and what we've learned along the way.

In the spirit of a recent gathering of agrarian elders in January (organized by my dad, Eliot Coleman, and featured in the New York Times), we'll look at the history behind the organic farming movement, and highlight the lessons our elders learned by trial and error to help us be more successful in work and life today.

The Elders of Organic Farming

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Conference Registration
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Getting to the Conference

Business Management speakers at the 2014 COABC conference were generously funded through the Ministry of Agriculture's BC Farm Business Speaker Funding