Tonight’s keynote by Marty Mesh at the ACORN banquet was great! I wasn’t the only one who thought so either, with one of our local “pioneer” farmers telling me afterwards, that “it was the best keynote we’d ever had”.
Marty brought us back to what it means to be organic, and how we could move forward to strengthen the organic movement. His conclusion was FLO: fair, local and organic. I think that might be my new favourite acronym! Go with the FLO–wouldn’t that be terrific on a t-shirt? I think we may just have to print some of those up.
Speaking of FLO, the food at the conference has been really good. You never know what may happen when a chef is made to cook with whole foods (our brussel sprouts arrived still on the stalk), but our chef has risen to the occasion. The culinary highlight has most certainly been the wood fired oven that Speerville Flour Mill brought, and baker, Doug Brown, has been baking all the breads and pastries in it for the whole conference. I think I’m leaving PEI with a couple extra pounds!
If you read this before tomorrow afternoon (Saturday) and you’re not too far away, come to the Rodd Charlottetown for the trade show and seed sale (all free and open to the public). There’s also some terrific workshops still to go.
To be continued….