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By Jen Gamble

at the COABC office, with events, projects, and accreditation dominating our ef- forts. From Organic Week to the launch of the new Vancity Envirofund project, there hasn’t been a dull moment.


Currently there are two projects underway: the Organic Resource Toolkits, funded by Investment Agriculture; and Organic Certification and Pub- lic Education, funded by Vancity. Both of these projects aim to enhance the organic sector through outreach, education, and the creation of valuable organic sector resources. Each project will con- tinue in the coming year, so keep watching for in- formation about ways you can benefit from these initiatives.

In addition to these activities, excitement for the conference is building. The planning has been moving along thanks to the leadership of our con- ference coordinators. This year, in keeping with the theme of Work-Life Balance, Melissa Coleman will be the keynote speaker. Melissa has firsthand experience of “growing up organic” with one of the most prominent organic pioneers, Eliot Cole- man. Come hear her story.

Registration is also now open! Keep the confer- ence economical for yourself and help us plan by registering early at Early bird pricing is in effect until January 31, 2013. Join us in Nanaimo at the Coast Bastion Hotel February 21-23, 2014.

Conference updates will be posted on the COABC website and our facebook page. Spread the word and bring your friends. Page 4 BC Organic Grower, Volume 17, Number 1, Winter 2014

all has been a very busy time

Last Quarter Achievements

• COABC Board retreat

• Accreditation Board in-person meeting

• Launched the Vancity project • Finalized 3rd quarter financials

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