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By Ruth Knight

Plan to attend the 13th Annual Organic Agriculture Conference on January 28 & 29, 1994 at the University of Guelph. This year, Joe Smillie, an international organic market consultant from Québec, will give his perspective on organics as a builder of communities. The conference will open with a public forum and panel discussion on Friday, Jan. 28 at 7:00 p.m., Room 103. Admission to the Public Forum is by donation to the Guelph Food Bank. The Conference, trade show, and workshops will run from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29. This year's menu of 24 workshops offers such diversity as: organic transition for field crops and horticulture crops, biodynamics, the role of livestock on an ecological farm, community shared agriculture, rural community development, co-operatives for farmers and consumers, along with presentations on current University of Guelph research and REAP's work on bio-fuels. The EFAO is co-sponsoring this event with Canadian Organic Growers, Society for Biodynamic Farming & Gardening, Guelph Agriculture Alternatives, Organic Crop Improvement Association (Ontario), Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, and University of Guelph.

Advance registration before Jan. 17 is $30.00 for a single or $20.00 each for a group of up to 3 persons. Registration at the door will be $40.00 for a single or $30.00 each for a group. Students may register for $5.00. For anyone interested in participating in the trade show the admission is $80.00 for profit organizations and $40.00 for non-profit. Each trade show admission includes one Conference admission ticket. Additional admissions for Trade Show staff may be had at $20.00 each. To receive more information contact Hugh Martin, OMAF (519) 631-4700 or Tomas Nimmo, COG (705) 444-0923.

EFAO is looking for members to volunteer to work at the Conference and our exhibit. We will be using our new exhibit that Ron Strome, Shelly Paulocik and Tony McQuail worked on. To volunteer or to discuss EFAO's role in this conference contact Ruth Knight (519) 367-5531.

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