New Organic Educational
Gardens in Key Governmental
and Historical Locations
This spring a portion of the grounds that
surround the USDA Whitten Building in
Washington, DC, was dug up to plant an organic garden named “The People’s Garden.” A
truckload of compost from Rodale Institute was
brought to the site and
spread by leaders of the
Program, The National
Board, and other
notable figures in the
organic industry. The
garden will be in transition to organic certification under inspection by
Pennsylvania Certified Organic. Signs will be
posted that tell the story of the organic garden
and the requirements of NOP certified organic.
Raised beds and pots with compost and certified organic transplants are part of the garden
plan. Next time you are in Washington, DC,
visit the People’s Garden—it’s much more
accessible than the White House garden!
In addition, another organic garden is
under way at Stratford Hall, home to the Lee
family of Virginia including two signers of the
Declaration of Independence, Richard Henry
Lee and Francis Lightfoot Lee, and the birthplace of Robert E. Lee. This program
will contrast 18th- and 21st-century agriculture
practices, thereby exploring the significant
issues of agriculture and its societal effects. By
contrasting the history of organic farming practices, Stratford Hall will be able to make a significant contribution to public understanding
of the evolution of agriculture and its impact
on the economy, environment and diet.
Wolf, DiMatteo + Associates is working to
design and implement this program and create
an integrated organic farming system. Over
35,000 people visit Stratford Hall each year and
will have the opportunity to observe the process
of restoring soil health using organic methods.
Don’t Miss the Organic Processing Education
Track at the Annual All Things Organic Show
Attendees of the All Things
Organic 2009 Conference and Trade
Show will have the chance to experience the “Organic Ingredients/
Processing Educational Track”
sponsored by Organic Processing
Magazine and the Organic Trade Association (OTA). The Conference will take
place June 16th through the 18th, at McCormick Place, Chicago, IL. Listed
below are some of the topics to be covered.
GLOBAL MARKETPLACE, GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN
Tuesday, June 16th; 10: 30 am - 12:00 pm
How global is the organic supply chain? What is known about the movement of organic products into and out of North America? Featuring the latest
data from USDA’s Economic Research Service, our panel of speakers will
update you on what to pay attention to, what you are accountable for at
your level of the supply chain, how to ensure the quality of the inputs you
buy, and how to responsibly sell surplus. Whether you buy or sell organic
ingredients or products, this is a timely discussion you don’t want to miss.
INNOVATION AND COLLABORATION IN SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING
Tuesday, June 16th; 1: 30 pm - 3:00 pm
Learn about the latest innovations in sustainable packaging solutions.
You’ll hear about new options and best practices from those companies that
are partnering to craft functional new products and create demand for eco-packaging throughout the industry. Leave with a broader understanding of
the options available and some great ideas on how to invent new custom
packaging solutions to suit your needs.
PROMISES AND PITFALLS OF PRIVATE LABEL
Wednesday, June 17th; 10: 30 am - 12:00 pm
In today’s economy, the convergence of consumers seeking to live their
values while stretching their dollars to get the best quality for the price has
set the stage for even greater growth in organic private label. Hear panelists
share their perspectives on and experiences with the three basic approaches
to private label: “beat ‘em, join ‘em, or co-exist with ‘em.” Whether your company makes private label products or competes with them, this session will
give you timely insight and advice you need to make an informed decision
about how to successfully maneuver through the private label landscape.
ORGANIC 101: HOT ORGANIC INGREDIENT TRENDS
Wednesday, June 17th; 1: 30 pm - 3:00 pm
Keep ahead of the curve! Ingredient suppliers and processors will learn
together about hot new trends in organic ingredients in this session, led by
experts from Organic Processing Magazine. Functional foods, fair trade products, and new developments in minor ingredients will be discussed with an
eye toward producing enticing and authentic organic products with con-sumer-friendly labels.
Visit www.organicexpo.com for more details, or to register visit