ERIC PAYSEUR is the Organic Transition manager for the Canadian Organic Growers. An experiential educator and trained historian, he has taught courses on local sustainable food systems at McMaster University, St. Lawrence College, and the University of New Mexico. He is a Gaia College/COG Organic Master Gardener and previously worked for organic certification body Ecocert Canada. He is the project manager for an exciting three-year initiative for COG called Growing Eastern Ontario Organically.
Session – Friday April 12
Be a part of a $6 Billion Sector, Get Yields in Extreme Weather Years; and Make More Money: How Organic Farming is a Win-Win-Win for Farmers, Economic Development and Rural Communities
The organic sector is the fastest growing sub-sector in the agri-food sector and presents incredible opportunities for farmers and communities in Eastern Ontario. How can we use this continually growing trend to re-invigorate our rural communities? Drawing on successful examples elsewhere, this presentation lays out the financial case for going organic; for growing organic production in the community; and the social, environmental and multiplying economic effects in agri-food manufacturing and tourism this would bring. While there will be time for questions at the end of the presentation, the key elements of how to make this happen will be explored in depth during the Saturday workshop, “How to Transition to Organic Production Successfully and Use the Growth of the Organic Sector to Your Community’s Advantage.”
Workshop – Saturday April 13
Workshop: How to Transition to Organic Production Successfully and Use the Growth of the Organic Sector for Your Community’s Advantage
This workshop allows farmers and non-farmers to bring their own cases and ideas for agri-food focused economic growth. Farmers and non-farmers will learn hands-on about the process and paperwork for transitioning to organic and brainstorm around the challenges and solutions to agri-food development in their communities. Everyone shares their challenges and opportunities as they have experienced and discussed, generates realistically achievable solutions, and walks away with some concrete ideas to work together to effect positive change in their communities.