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Real Organic: Stories from the Front Lines

Tuesday, January 17 | 10:00am - 5:00pm

Twelve Organic movement farmers and leaders will give short Ted-style talks about our personal experiences within a dysfunctional food system and the solutions that Real Organic Project brings. Paul Hawken will give the morning keynote on how his climate work relates to the work of the Real Organic Project. How do we outsmart a consolidated marketplace that is so hostile to small farms? As USDA Organic is being redefined by industry, the Real Organic Project is growing rapidly. With over 1,100 certified farms across the country, Real Organic is offering farmers and eaters a way to find each other. But, is it growing fast enough to ensure the survival of humanity on a liveable planet?

$100 in-person, $27 optional lunch

$40 livestream

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Paul Hawken - Pre-Conference Keynote

Author, including the recent books Regeneration and Drawdown 

Dave Chapman - “Organic at the Crossroads”

Real Organic Project Co-Director, Long Wind Farm, VT

Alan Lewis - “Food System Betrayal”

Real Organic Project Advisory Board, Natural Grocers President, CO

Jennifer Taylor - “Is USDA's Organic Relevant To Bipoc Farmers?”

Real Organic Project Standards Board, IFOAM World Board, Lola’s Organic Farm, GA

Steffen Reese - “Add-on Certification and the World Real Organic Movement”

Director of International Organic Certifier, Naturland, based in Germany

12:30-2:00pm  Lunch

Emily Oakley - “Why Real Organic Exists: A Farmer’s Struggle on the National Organic Standards Board”

Real Organic Project Advisory Board, Three Springs Farm, OK

Paul Muller - “Soil! What is it Good For?”

Real Organic Project Executive Board, Full Belly Farm, CA

Jesse Cool - “How We Treat Each Other”

Author of seven cookbooks, including Simply Organic, Owner Flea Street Cafe, CA

Javier Zamora - “Tomorrow’s Organic Small Farm Owners. How Will They Survive?”

Current National Organic Standards Board Member, JSM Organics, CA

Francis Thicke - “We Will Always Need a Real Organic Movement: The Importance of Having Farmers Lead”

Real Organic Project Executive and Standards Boards, Ph D Soil Science, Radiance Dairy, IA

Dru Rivers - “The Time To Act Is Now”

Full Belly Farm, CA

Hugh Kent - “Organicide: Some Real World Effects of USDA Policy on Real Organic Agriculture”

King Grove Organic Farm, FL

Linley Dixon -  “The Rebirth of the Organic Movement”

Real Organic Project Co-Director, Ph D Plant Pathology, Adobe House Farm, CO

Date and Location

Asilomar Conference Grounds