February 9 & 10, 2018 – Westerner Park, Red Deer, Alberta

Organic Alberta’s central conference in Red Deer was a resounding success, with people of all ages and backgrounds coming together to learn, share and be inspired by a first class line-up of speakers and presentations. Whether your interest revolved around climate change, marketing, weed management or how to improve your soil – there was something for everyone.

Conference Presentations

Choosing New Varieties From the Customer, Producer and Climate Perspective by Mads Lund

Selecting new varieties to grow on your farm can be complicated. Mads Lund presents on what influences his selections. Click here to download the presentation.

Choosing New Varieties From the Customer, Producer and Climate Perspective by Trevor Aleman

Selecting new varieties to grow on your farm can be complicated. Trevor Aleman presents on what influences his selections. Click here to download the presentation.

Choosing New Varieties From the Customer, Producer and Climate Perspective by Denise O’Reilly

Selecting new varieties to grow on your farm can be complicated. Trevor Aleman presents on what influences his selections. Click here to download the presentation.

Consumer Demand for Organics by Tia Loftsgard

Executive Director of the Canada Organic Trade Association, Tia Loftsgard, highlights recent statistics for Canadian and Albertan organic consumer trends. Click here to download the presentation.

Cultural Demographics and New Crop Opportunities by Rob Spencer

The past four Canadian censuses reveal some interesting changes in ethnocultural diversity in Alberta. These changes represent new opportunities for vegetable producers. This presentation discusses the population changes and outline some of the new crop opportunities. Click here to download the presentation.

Getting Results With Great Compost by Dawn Boileau

Dawn Boileau participated on an interactive panel on the importance of using good quality compost and compost teas. Learn from her experience on what tools and resources are helpful for farmers to get started or continue to integrate compost on to the farm. Click here to download the presentation.

Getting Results With Great Compost by Yamily Zavala

Soil Scientist Yamily Zavala’s presentation discusses the importance of using good quality compost and compost teas. Learn from her experience on what tools and resources are helpful for farmers to get started or continue to integrate compost on to the farm. Click here to download the presentation.

Going Beyond the Standard: Beef Marketing by Cody Sander

3rd party certification can be a great tool to help your consumers understand more about your farm and product. What are the options for beef farmers? Cody Sander discusses the pros, cons and considerations for organic certification, grass-fed certification and supplier certification (in this example A&W). Click here to download the presentation.

Healthy Soils in Vegetable Crops by Andrew Mans

Learn how different practices can contribute to the long-term health and productivity of your soil. Click here to download the presentation.

Indigenous Agriculture: Reclaiming Culture and Producing Food for Community Resilience

Manitoba’s Peguis and Garden Hill First Nations are strengthening their communities by focusing on local skill building and agricultural production. Farming is not only an act of cultural reclamation and sovereignty, it creates a healthier future that is less reliant on outside food sources. Click here to download the presentation.

Livestock Feed Markets by Ryan Koory

While many Alberta organic farmers grow their own feed, what are the opportunity costs associated with that for the farm? Find out what the opportunities look like for selling feed on the market or buying it from the open market and become informed to make a decision about what best fits your farm. Click here to download the presentation.

Living Respiring Product: Understanding the Cold Chain by Keith Ball

Vegetables are live products that require specific handling conditions in order to prolong their post-harvest lifespan. Learn about how things done on the farm translate into challenges in the market (and vice versa). Click here to download the presentation.

Living Respiring Product: Understanding the Cold Chain by Rosemary Wotske and Cam Beard

Vegetables are live products that require specific handling conditions in order to prolong their post-harvest lifespan. Learn about how things done on the farm translate into challenges in the market (and vice versa). Click here to download the presentation.

Nutrient Management on Organic Farms by Anne Kirk

Nutrient management is key to both high-quality yields and high-quality grain. When it comes to nutrients on organic farms, farmers rely on plant and animal-based sources to maintain fertility. Anne Kirk discusses how nutrient cycling works on the farm, and the best practices you can use to build the soil health of your farm. Click here to download the presentation.

Organic Hemp: Market Opportunities by Lori-Jo Graham

Learn about the current market outlook for hemp, and opportunities for growers to capitalize on this market. Click here to download the presentation.

Owning More of the Value-Chain: Considerations for On-Farm Processing by Kathy Bosse

With abattoirs and livestock processors few and far between, some farmers are exploring the potential of on-farm processing. Learn what you should be considering when exploring this opportunity, and what challenges you may face including regulatory requirements. Click here to download the presentation.

Record Keeping and Organic Integrity by Bernie Ehnes

Get record keeping advice from the perspective of a farmer and inspector, learn the importance of organic integrity, and what you can do to ensure a high level of integrity on the farm. Click here to download the presentation.

Seed Saving: Looking at the How-To’s by Shane Woods

When it comes to saving seeds, a number of factors can influence the success of this process, including temperature, moisture and pollination. View Shane Woods’ presentation and learn how to successfully save seeds. Click here to download the presentation.

So You Just Got Home From a Soil Health Workshop… By Cody Straza

Have you been attending soil health workshops, but not sure what to do when you get back to the farm? Cody Straza shares what he’s doing on the farm to improve soil health, and some of the changes that he’s observing.

So You Just Got Home From a Soil Health Workshop… By Justin Duban

Have you been attending soil health workshops, but not sure what to do when you get back to the farm? Justin Duban shares what he’s doing on the farm to improve soil health, and some of the changes that he’s observing. Click here to download the presentation.

So You Just Got Home From a Soil Health Workshop… By Yamily Zavala

Have you been attending soil health workshops, but not sure what to do when you get back to the farm? Soil Specialist Yamily Zavala offers her insight on what Alberta farmers are doing to improve soil health, and the changes they are observing

Soil Biodiversity: The World Beneath Your Feet by Jeff Battigelli

Building soil organic carbon is critical to soil health and fertility. Grain producers can discover how good management practices help the thousands of little critters living in the soil to break down organic matter and keep carbon locked in the ground for long periods of time. Click here to download the presentation.

Weed Management in Pulses by Joe Wecker

Pulses play a key role in organic rotations, providing many benefits including nitrogen fixation, crop diversification, and soil health. In order to maximize all these benefits, the pulses need to reach their full potential. Learn how to keep the weeds down so that your pulses can thrive.

What’s Up With CSA’s? By John Mills

Daniel Chappell shares his unique perspective and discusses what is currently happening in the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) market in Alberta. Click here to download the presentation.

What’s Up With CSA’s? By Daniel Chappell

Daniel Chappell shares his unique perspective and discusses what is currently happening in the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) market in Alberta. Click here to download the presentation.

Conference Photos

Keith Bamford, University of Manitoba, presenting “Organic No-Till: How Can We Reduce Tillage in Organic Grain Production?”
Joe Wecker presenting “Intercropping Your Grain Crops”
Yamily Zavala, Chinook Applied Research Association, Justin Duban, Cody Straza, and Ryan Cameron presenting “So You Just Got Home From a Soil Health Workshop…”
Ryan Koory, Mercaris, presenting “Livestock Feed Markets”
Yamily Zavala, Chinook Applied Research Association, presenting “Getting Results with Great Compost”
Anne Kirk, Government of Manitoba, presenting “Strategies for Weed Management in Transition Years”
Robert Spencer, Ag-Info Centre, presenting “Cultural Demographics and New Crop Opportunities”
Ward Middleton, Midmore Farm, presenting “Record Keeping and Organic Integrity”
Denise O’Reilly, A’Bundah Seeds, presenting “Choosing New Varieties From the Customer, Producer and Climate Perspective”
Justin Duban presenting “So You Just Got Home From a Soil Health Workshop…”
John Mills, Robert Spencer (Facilitator), Daniel Chappell and Mike Kozlowski presenting “What’s up with CSA’s?”
Tracy Misiewicz, The Organic Center, presenting “Soil Carbon Sequestration 101: How it Works”
Cam Beard & Rosemary Wotske, Poplar Bluff Organics, presenting “Living Respiring Product: Understanding the Cold Chain”
Cody Straza presenting “Growing High Quality Grain”

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