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Conference Highlights •

Trade Show and Poster Presentations: a marketplace of products and ideas to chal- lenge your imagination.

• Practical and interactive workshops all day Saturday and Sunday morning.

• COABC AGM Sunday 10:30am-12:30pm. General Information and Accomodation


OABC’s Conference provides educational and networking opportunities for new and

established farmers, as well as for the general public. We feature educational topics present- ed by knowledgeable speakers who are ex- perts in their field.

Keynote Speaker - Melissa Coleman Annabel Mehran Photo credit:

Melissa Coleman is the author of This Life Is in Your Hands: One Dream, Sixty Acres, and a Family’s Heartbreak, a New York Times bestsell- er, Indie Next Pick, People’s Pick in Peo- ple Magazine, and a nonfiction finalist for the New England

Book Award and Maine Literary Award.

Melissa is a columnist for Maine Home + Design magazine, blogs at Bright-Minded Home, and organizes the Super Famous Writers Series at The Telling Room, a Portland writing center for children and young adults. Her father, Eliot Coleman, is one of the most influential organic farmers in the country, a trailblazer in the loca- vore and the whole food movements. She lives in Maine with her husband and twin daughters and can be found online at:

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The 2014 COABC Conference will be held in Nanaimo at the Coast Bastion Hotel. The Coast Bastion Hotel is located at 11 Bastion Street, in the heart of charming downtown Nanaimo, near the Departure Bay ferry terminal and within walking distance to the seawall walk- way, restaurants, bars and boutiques of all kinds. The Coast Bastion Hotel is full-service, with a variety of amenities including a fitness centre, spa, business centre, salon, and more. The hotel is even pet friendly, in case you need to bring your furry companion. For more in- formation please visit: hotels/bc/nanaimo/coast-bastion-hotel.

The Coast Bastion Hotel is holding a block of rooms for COABC Conference participants for $99.95 per night and up, depending on room type. To take advantage of this great deal, please book your room by January 20, 2014. The price will increase after this period. To make a reservation please visit the hotel web- site (website address above) or call them di- rectly at 250-753-6601.

Other accommodation options in Nanaimo in- clude: • Best Western PLUS, Dorchester Hotel Na- naimo 1-800-661-2449

• Ramada Nanaimo 250-716-2009 • The Grand Hotel Nanaimo 1-877-41-GRAND • Days Inn Nanaimo 1-877-754-8171

Silent Auction

Every year our creative community provides an amazing range of items to be auctioned, in- cluding: clothing, books, art, food, wine, tools, seeds, and much, much more. If you would like to donate an auction item, just bring it with you to the conference. Auction items will be on display from 6pm Friday until 9pm on Sat- urday.

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