This year, out of an abundance of caution, the Twentieth Annual Iowa Organic Conference is going virtual!  Make plans to join us on Monday, November 23, from 9 am to 1 pm. We invite you to register for the half-day virtual conference for great sessions with dynamic speakers and demonstrations.

You will be able to interact with our three keynote speakers that day:

  • Tom Harding, international organic trade expert
  • Joseph Heckman of Rutgers University
  • Jordan and Whitney Clasen, of Grade A Gardens
  • Cooking Demonstration with Organic Ingredients from the University of Iowa

Conference registration is minimal at only $25.  Registration includes access to the conference day of the event, and electronic access to materials for download and reference.

For more information, contact us at Iowa State University Organic Ag Program.

We look forward to “seeing” you there! Good harvests to all!

Kathleen Delate
Professor-Organic Agriculture
Departments of Agronomy & Horticulture
Phone: 515-294-7069


Keynote Speaker

Tom Harding

Tom Harding, of the Brice Institute www.briceinstitute.org and an International Organic Consultant, will speak on “More Than Ever! Organic as the Hope during Hard Times.”

Soil Health in Organic Systems: Your Pathway to Better Farming

Joseph Heckman

Join Professor Heckman of Rutgers University, an international expert in soil health in organic systems, dig deep into the wonders of soil and how we can enhance soil quality on our farms. This session will be a tribute to Dr. Cindy Cambardella, longtime Organic Conference speaker and soil scientist, who recently passed away.

Surviving the Pandemic: Growing and Marketing Strategies

Jordan and Whitney Clasen

Jordan and Whitney Clasen of Grade A Gardens, a certified organic farm in Johnston, Iowa, have done a yeoman’s job of weathering the pandemic this year through innovative strategies, including a customer-safe Farmers’ Market in Des Moines, and a bountiful CSA program. Come learn from these innovators how they kept their farm and markets thriving in the pandemic!

Organic Cooking Demo

Join UI executive chef, Barry Greenberg, and assistant chef, Anne Watson, in creating a delicious meal made from local, organic ingredients!