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OREGON TILTH MEETS ALL DAY SATURDAY TO RECLAIM OUR PAST & CLAIM OUR FUTURE

Oregon Tilth¹s 2003 Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday November 15th
from 9AM ­8PM (detailed schedule is at the end of this message) at the
Namasté Retreat & Conference Center in Wilsonville, OR. The event is free to all attendees and is open to the public. An all organic lunch and dinner featuring local and seasonal ingredients will be served with meal tickets available at the door.
OREGON TILTH MEETS TO HONOR OUR PAST AND CLAIM OUR FUTURE
For more information call (503) 378-0690!

Oregon Tilth¹s 2003 Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday November 15th
from 9AM ­8PM (detailed schedule is at the end of this message) at the
Namasté Retreat & Conference Center in Wilsonville, OR.

The event is free to all attendees and is open to the public. An all
organic lunch and dinner featuring local and seasonal ingredients will be
served with meal tickets available at the door. The meeting is an
opportunity to network with local organic growers and handlers as well as
Oregon Tilth staff, University researchers and others interested in
supporting sustainable food systems.

Highlights will include a trade fair, updates from Oregon Tilth¹s diverse
programs, workshops, a forum for open discussion and an evening dance.

Choose from the following free workshops:
... Biologically Sound Agriculture: Current Research Initiatives
o Highlights three new collaborations between Oregon Tilth and Oregon State
University (OSU). A farmer-to-farmer network of organic vegetable producers
is holding organic weed control meetings and producing a video of farm
equipment used by some leading organic and sustainable growers with support
from Alex Stone and Bonnie Hoffman. A preview of the video will be shown.
Paul Jepson, Mario Ambrosino and Gwendolyn Ellen are coordinating a network
of growers implementing conservation biological control on their farms and
planning a Bugscaping Fair. Steve Scheuerell will discuss the OSU/Tilth
sponsored National Summit: Human Pathogens from Livestock Manures and
provide an update from the NOSB Compost Tea Task Force. Proceedings from the
summit will be available. All of the projects welcome new participants and
your input!

... Grassroot Policy: Communities Creating Change
o Change begins at home. Effective government policy can help drive and
support positive change in communities. This workshop will share models of
grassroots working with government bodies to encourage the development of
policies which support long-term sustainability. Pollyanna Lind from the
Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP) will discuss
policy efforts to minimize and reduce the use of harmful pesticides on
public lands. Rosemarie Cordello will describe the work of the
Portland-Multnomah Food Policy Council to support a healthy regional food
system. Lynn Coody will provide a history of the evolution of organic
standards from private guidelines to federal law. Presenters will share
lessons learned on how to successfully organize citizens around a common
issue and work cooperatively with government bodies to develop effective
policies.

... Closing the Loop: Whole Systems Sustainability
o This workshop will provide real life examples and a professional overview
of appropriate technology for sustainable systems that reduce or eliminate
the need for outside inputs. Al Kurki and John Walden from Appropriate
Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA) will be speaking on bio-fuels,
renewable energy, small wind power and solar applications. OTCO certified
growers will share their systems, including the use of draft horses,
nutrient cycling and solar power. Please come and participate in this
exciting workshop to see how plants can produce fuel for farm equipment
while enhancing soil tilth and fertility! Equipment fueled by bio-fuels will
also be featured.

... Growing Awareness: Exercising Education, Direct Experience, and Passion in
Marketing.
This workshop will discuss the importance of education and creative
presentation in developing effective marketing strategies. Farms and food
purveyors can employ innovative marketing techniques to help people
understand the ecological, social, and economic implications of their food
purchases. Encouraging awareness and appreciation of food frequently
results in greater social and economic viability of farms and businesses.
Come hear individuals representing the restaurant, retail, and farm sectors
share their stories of progressive and successful market strategies.


Oregon Tilth is a non-profit research and education organization founded in
1974 to bring together rural and urban producers and consumers around land
stewardship and healthy food. We support biologically sound and socially
equitable agriculture through our research, education and policy work and
our organic certification program.

Call (503) 378-0690 for more information, directions, or the register!

Annual Meeting Schedule
9 ­ 10:30am: Tabling fair, networking and open space forum

10:30am ­ noon: Oregon Tilth Annual Report, board of directors election
results and program updates

noon ­ 1:15pm: lunch

1:30 ­ 3pm: Workshop Session A
Workshop #1 ­ "Biologically Sound Agriculture: Research Initiatives"
Workshop #2 ­ "Grassroots Policy: Communities Creating Change"
Open Space Forum ­ topic to be determined by participants

3:15 ­ 4:45pm: Workshop Session B
Workshop #1 ­ "Closing the Loop: Whole Systems Sustainability"
Workshop #2 ­ "Growing Awareness: Exercising Education, Direct Experience,
and Passion in Marketing."
Open Space Forum ­ topic to be determined by participants

5 ­ 5:45pm: Keynote presentation

6 ­ 6:30pm: social time/beverages

6:30 ­ 8pm: dinner and awards presentation

8­ 11pm: dance



HOPE TO SEE YOU SATURDAY!