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Real Organic Symposium: Earth in Human Hands

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Dartmouth College

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Hanover, NH 03755

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2-day Real Organic Project Symposium, Dartmouth College Speakers Paul Hawken, Eliot Coleman, JM Fortier, Chellie Pingree, and many more!

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This year's Symposium brings two full days of speakers as well as a Saturday evening keynote address with Paul Hawken. Our current schedule is listed below. Pricing is a la carte - join us for as much as you can!

$50 per day / $15 Saturday evening / Lunch tickets available


If you would like to help support this symposium, please reach out to dave@realorganicproject.org. Most of the speakers are coming without charge, but there are many expenses for such an event! We are offering scholarships to Real Organic Project certified farmers throughout the country to attend.

Speakers and Schedules:

Friday, April 3, Filene Auditorium, Dartmouth College 9am-5pm, $50 ticket

Organic Farmer Panel: Real Organic Farming for Climate Change

Organic Rancher Glenn Elzinga: Farming and Nutrition

Friday Keynote: Astrophysist Dr. Keynote David Grinspoon: Earth in Human Hands

Forrest Town and Ralf Carestia: Two Dartmouth Students on the road for Real Organic

Organic Farmer, Former NOSB member Dr. Jennifer Taylor: The invincibility of the organic movement

Eliot Coleman, Emily Oakley, and JM Fortier: The Future of Organic Farming.

Saturday, April 4, Spaulding Auditorium, Dartmouth College 9am-5pm, $50 ticket

Dr. Linley Dixon: Real Organic is Farmer-led

Former NOSB members Testify: Reclaiming the word "Organic"

Dr. Fred Provenza: Farming for Nourishment

Alan Lewis: The Organic Supply Chain

Anne Ross, J.D.: Organic Grain Fraud

JM Fortier: Why we Must Find a Different Path

Javier Zamora: Farming as if Farmworkers Matter

Dr. Tyrone Hayes: David vs. Goliath, One Scientist vs. Syngenta

Peter Whoriskey: Washington Post Reports on Organic Integrity

Hugh Kent: Struggling for Survival in Organic Blueberry Markets

Emily Oakley: My Experience with the USDA

Dave Chapman: Why The Real Organic Project?

Saturday Keynote: Eliot Coleman: What is Organic Farming?

Saturday Evening Keynote, Spaulding Auditorium, Dartmouth College 6:30pm, $15 ticket

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree

Paul Hawken - Keynote: Drawdown


The Real Organic Project announces our second annual Dartmouth symposium, “Earth In Human Hands- A Path Forward.” We will face the ways in which agriculture impacts us as a species. Most especially we will look at how real organic farming is critical to our health, and even to our survival. And how we lead the way to the changes needed.

The symposium will be held at Dartmouth College on April 3 and 4. We are supported by many departments at the college, as well as by many foundations and individuals. It is rare to see such a blending of farming, social policy, and academia!

Our April 4th evening keynote speaker will be Paul Hawken. Paul will continue the conversation that he began with Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. It has been two years since Paul edited this international bestseller. He is now working on the sequel, which will offer a specific path to global regeneration in one lifetime. Paul will share his rich thinking with us on how to work together as a species to transform our agriculture, silvipasture, and aquaculture. Paul serves on the Advisory Board of the Real Organic Project.

Paul will be introduced by Congresswoman Chellie Pingree. Chellie has been a hero in Congress to organic farmers for years. She is still a Maine organic farmer herself. She continues to be organic's strongest voice in government, calling for a return to the integrity that the National Organic Program was originally based on. Chellie came to Thetford three years ago to speak at the first rally for organic integrity, along with Senator Pat Leahy and Congressman Peter Welch. They joined a respected group of organic farmers on a wagon in a field. We were speaking to protect the organic movement we had all worked so hard to create.

Eliot Coleman will be delivering our afternoon keynote on Saturday, April 4th. Eliot is a pioneering organic farmer, researcher, teacher, and author who has led thousands of farmers to choose an organic path. I am lucky enough to be one of his early students. His book, The New Organic Grower, has become a bible for many organic farmers. His many interviews, talks, and articles have helped hundreds of thousands of people to gain a deeper understanding of biological farming. Eliot doesn’t just teach techniques. He teaches ways of thinking. He remains deeply engaged in these public conversations about what “organic” means, often fighting to defend real organic against the corporate redefinition. Eliot serves on the Advisory Board of the Real Organic Project.

We are also pleased to have Dr. David Grinspoon speak on April 3rd. David is a former NASA astrobiologist who has written the book, Earth In Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet’s Future, about the existential dilemma that we all face as we unwittingly transform Mother Earth. “The Anthropocene dilemma,” Grinspoon said, “is that we have global influence without global control. So far we’re acting like adolescent planet vandals.” The questions that he asks are the deep dilemmas that we must face as a planet altering organism.


Our other spectacular speakers include:

Emily Oakley- Organic farmer, Real Organic Project Advisory board member, National Organic Standards Board member, former board member of the National Young Farmers Coalition.

JM Fortier- Farmer, teacher, and author of The Market Gardener: A Successful Grower’s Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming.

Dr. Tyrone Hayes- American biologist and professor of Integrative Biology at University of California, Berkeley known for his research findings concluding that the herbicide atrazine is an endocrine disruptor that demasculinizes and feminizes male frogs.

Anne Ross- Farm and food policy analyst for Cornucopia Institute best known for her extensive work with John Bobbe trying to stop import fraud in organic.

Alan Lewis- Alan navigates government affairs and food and agriculture policy for Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, a health food store chain operating more than 140 stores in 19 states. Alan speaks frequently on issues of organic integrity across the country. He spoke at last year’s symposium on the serious challenges in the organic supply chain. He serves on the Real Organic Project Standards Board.

Hugh Kent- Certified Real Organic Project farmer from Florida, Hugh spoke movingly last year about the plight of soil producers as they compete against hydroponic production in the wholesale market.

Javier Zamora- Javier owns JSM Organics, growing over 100 acres of organic berries, vegetables, and flowers in Watsonville CA. His diversified products help not only diversify his markets, but also employ people at higher wages year round. He inspires many in his community to connect to the good food he grows and growing more farmers too.

Peter Whoriskey- Peter is a journalist for the Washington Post covering a wide array of topics, including financial inequality, the pharmaceutical industry, hospice care, organic food fraud and the recession. As the paper's Southern bureau chief, he covered Hurricane Katrina. His series on the role of pharmaceutical companies influencing drug research, “Biased Research, Big Profits,” won a George Polk Award in 2013.

Dr. Linley Dixon- Linley holds a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology that earlier led to jobs with the USDA and as chief scientist at the Cornucopia Institute. She is an organic farmer from Colorado and is also the Associate Director of the Real Organic Project. She has traveled all over America inspecting organic farms for the Real Organic Project.

Dave Chapman- Dave is a longtime organic farmer from Vermont. He has been an active leader in the movement to protect organic integrity. He has spoken many times on these issues. He has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, VPR, Morning Edition, BBC World, Patagonia’s The Cleanest Line, Boston Globe, as well as many newspapers, radio shows, blogs and podcasts. Dave is the Executive Director of the Real Organic Project.


If you would like to help support this symposium, please contact us. Most of the speakers are coming without charge, but there are many expenses for such an event! We are offering scholarships to organic farmers throughout the country to attend.

For updates on schedule, speakers, and travel details, visit: www.realorganicproject.org/real-organic-project-symposium

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