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A blue circle with yellow ring on the edge. Inside the circle are letters reading "Real Organic Project" set above and below a large green and black leaf in the center.Join us for a special
Pre-conference event at the:

with Keynote Speaker Paul Hawken

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

“Real Organic: Stories from the Front Lines”

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Ecofarm Pre-conference Event Details

Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Time: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm PT

Location: Asilomar State Beach & Conference Grounds, Monterey, CA

Lunch: Available for an additional cost

Keynote Speaker: Paul Hawken

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Author, businessperson, and environmentalist Paul Hawken.

Author, Regeneration and Drawdown

Other speakers include:

Dave Chapman smiles at the camera with tomato plants behind him.

Dave Chapman

“Organic at the Crossroads”

Real Organic Project Co-Director, Long Wind Farm, VT 

More about Dave here

Jesse Cool looks off camera and smiles. She wears a red hankerchief around her neck.

Jesse Cool

“How We Treat Each Other”

Author of seven cookbooks, including Simply Organic, Owner Flea Street Cafe, CA.

Read more about Jesse here.

Linley Dixon smiles at the camera wearing a hat with the Real Organic Project logo

Linley Dixon
“The Rebirth of the Organic Movement”

Real Organic Project Co-Director, Ph D Plant Pathology, Adobe House Farm, CO. More about Linley here.

Hugh Kent smiles at the camera wearing a button up shirt and standing outside.

Hugh Kent

“Organicide: Some Real World Effects of USDA Policy on Real Organic Agriculture”

King Grove Organic Farm, FL

More about Hugh here.

Alan Lewis looks at the camera while wearing a black suit and collared shirt.

Alan Lewis

“Food System Betrayal”

Real Organic Project Advisory Board, Natural Grocers Vice President, CO

More about Alan here.

Paul Muller smiles at the camera in front of green leaves on branches.

Paul Muller

“Soil! What is it Good For?”

Real Organic Project Executive Board, Full Belly Farm, CA

Read more about Paul here.

Emily Oakley smiles at the camera while standing outside in a farm field.

Emily Oakley

“Why Real Organic Exists: A Farmer’s Struggle on the National Organic Standards Board”

Real Organic Project Advisory Board, Three Springs Farm, OK

Read more about Emily here.

Steffen Reese smiles at the camera while standing outside. Green plants are behind him.

Steffen Reese

“Add-on Certification and the World Real Organic Movement”

Director of International Organic Certifier, Naturland, based in Germany

Read more about Steffen here.

Dru Rivers smiles at the camera during an interview outside. She wears a blue collared shirt and speaks in front of a tree with lots of green leaves in the background.

Dru Rivers

“The Time To Act Is Now”

Full Belly Farm, CA

Read more about Dru here.

Jennifer Taylor smiles at the camera while outside at a farmers market, wearing a blue button up shirt.

Jennifer Taylor

“Is USDA’s Organic Relevant To Bipoc Farmers?”

Real Organic Project Standards Board, IFOAM World Board, Lola’s Organic Farm, GA

Read more about Jennifer here.

Francis Thicke smiles at the camera while wearing a blue shirt. He stands in front of a red barn.

Francis Thicke

“We Will Always Need a Real Organic Movement:
The Importance of Having Farmers Lead”

Real Organic Project Executive and Standards Boards, Ph D Soil Science, Radiance Dairy, IA

Read more about Francis here.

Javier Zamora looks at the camera while wearing a Real Organic Project baseball cap. He stands in front of rows of farm plants.

Javier Zamora

“Tomorrow’s Organic Small Farm Owners. How Will They Survive?”

Current National Organic Standards Board Member, JSM Organics, CA

Read more about Javier here.


Twelve Organic movement farmers and leaders will give short Ted-style talks about their personal experiences within a dysfunctional food system and the solutions that Real Organic Project brings.

Special guest, Paul Hawken, will give the keynote on how his climate work relates to the work of the Real Organic Project.


How do we outsmart a consolidated marketplace that is so hostile to small farms? As USDA Organic is being redefined by industry, the Real Organic Project is growing rapidly. With over 1,100 certified farms across the country, Real Organic Project is offering farmers and eaters a way to find each other. But, is it growing fast enough to ensure the survival of humanity on a liveable planet?

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