The conference was presented in association with The Big Carrot Natural Food Market.  We also greatly appreciated the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation and our sponsors Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) and Pfennings Organic, as well as our media sponsors, Vitality, Edible Toronto and NOW.

As long as the focus on maximum production trumps concerns of maximum health in the way we produce our food, our health and environment will continue to suffer. Taking back responsibility for the quality of our food and our food system is under way. Every day, consumers are educating themselves and making better choices, supporting better ways of growing and doing business. The more they learn, the more committed they have become to buying quality food that nourishes the body as well as the soul.

The day started with a keynote address by Kristin Kimball, author of The Dirty Life, sharing her story and her perspectives on small family farming.  Attendees then made a choice of nine breakout sessions covering a range of topics from Gardening 101 to Deconstructing Organic Pricing and more.  A description of the panels and topics are available in the Conference Agenda.  The biographies of speakers and moderators are found in Conference Speakers.

With an organic buffet lunch, a special presentation to Mary Lou Morgan, our 2012 Organic Pioneer Award winner, and exhibitors providing organic products and services, it was a full day of information and inspiration.

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Gardening 101 Panel: Zora Ignjatovic, David Cohlmeyer, Johanne Daoust, Michael Nevin

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Keynote: Kristin Kimbal

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Our Organic Neighbours Panel: Michael Zelmer, Simon Jacques, Nate Schlachter, Bena Burda