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BC Certified Organic Conference 2021

Saturday February 27th and Sunday February 28th, 2021
Online Event

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Live Conference Program

We’ll end our conference with the conference itself! On Sunday, February 28th, we’ll gather online on a giant organic Zoom call hosted by one of our conference partners, the Institute for Community Engaged Research at UBC Okanagan. Here’s what’s planned:

Your 2021 Keynote Address: Darrin Qualman on Farming Amidst a Climate Crisis

Your 2021 Conference Keynote will be delivered by Darrin Qualman. Darrin is the Director of Climate Crisis Policy and Action for the National Farmers Union. He is the author of the 2019 report, Tackling the Farm Crisis and the Climate Crisis, and the 2019 book, Civilization Critical: Energy, Food, Nature, and the Future. He farmed for two decades and has academic degrees in history, biology, and political studies.

Climate change threatens farmers in BC and the rest of Canada. This presentation will look at possible impacts to BC farms, the emissions coming from those farms, and ways that farmers can change their practices to reduce emissions and make their operations resilient and climate-compatible. It will also look at the government policies needed to support farmers in making these transitions. Finally, it will look at the positive net income effects that low-input, organic, regenerative, and agroecological practices can have for farmers' livelihoods. Rational, supportive government policies could help farmers transition, and could help propagate the positive solutions already in action on many farms.

Darrin Qualman

A COABC Visioning Discussion Hosted by your COABC Executive

In recent years this session has provided a great chance to discuss the past, present, and future of the COABC, to learn more about how the organization works, to get to know the people working on your behalf, and to add your voice to the conversation. Members of the COABC Board will lead the discussion, but all participants are invited to participate.

Podcast Guests Q&A

Ahead of the online gathering, we’ll ask you which podcast guests you’d most like to hear more from, and invite them to answer questions for all of you.

...Plus our annual award recipients, a photography contest, and more!