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AERO’s 39th Annual Meeting, “Policy to Practice: Bringing Food & Energy Down Home”

Event starts: Oct 25, 2013



Event Location: Bitterroot River Inn, Hamilton, MT

Event Cost: [if 371 equals="Yes"]Free[/if 371][if 371 equals="No"]$[372][/if 371]


Keynote Speakers

Wenonah Hauter is from Food & Water Watch and author of ‘Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America’.

Gwen Lachelt is Founder of Earthworks’ Oil & Gas Accountability Project and County Commissioner, La Plata County, Colorado.

Agenda (updated!)

Friday

Afternoon and Evening

Tours 1:00 – 3:00

  • Homestead Organics, Hamilton – certified organic vegetables, heritage turkeys, seed saving operation, solar pv’s and solar hot water
  • On-Farm Biodiesel, Hamilton
  • Huls Dairy, Hamilton - methane biodigester and compost makers 

Tours 4:00 – 6:00

  • Lifeline Creamery & Produce, Victor – certified organic and biodynamic creamery and produce farm
  • Sunelco/Bittersweet Guitars, Hamilton – grid-tied 4.1 kw solar PV system with battery backup
  • Swanson’s Mountain View Orchard, Corvallis – apples, apple brandy, and cider business

5:00 Registration

6:00 – 7:00 Soup & Salad

7:00 – 7:30 Bryan Welcome

7:30 Pie-Off (Start planning your winning pie now! If you enter a pie, bring a note card with any details about your pie.)

Saturday

9-9:30 Meeting Opening & A Message from Senator Tester

9:30-11 Wenonah Hauter Keynote

11-11:15 Break

11:15-12:15 Gwen Lachelt Keynote

12:15-1:15 Lunch Do you have food to donate or sell for the Meeting? Call or email the office at (406) 443-7272 / aero@aeromt.org.

1:15-2:15 Roundtable Discussions 

2:15-2:30 Break

2:30-3:30 Workshop Session A

  • On-Farm Food Safety, Nancy Matheson and Jan Tusick
  • Seed Saving, Jacob Cowgill and Laura Garber
  • Affordable Healthcare Act, Steph Larsen, Center for Rural Affairs
  • Solar PV Workshop, John Palm, Bozeman Green Build

3:30-4:30 Workshop B

  • Farm to Institution, Montana FoodCorps
  • Women’s Farmer Network, Eva Rocke
  • Climate Conservation Planning, Bryan von Lossberg
  • The Power Cube, Nick Mariana, Remote Power Systems

4:30-4:45 Break

4:45-5:30 Membership Meeting

5:30-6 Break

6-8 Dinner, Awards, Auction (Don’t forget to bring items for the silent auction!)

8-10 Band, Dancing

Sunday

Morning

9:00 – 10:30 Folk School Session A

  • Wool Production, Vicki Lynne & Others
  • Pedal-powered devices, Jeffrey Funk
  • Cheesemaking, Flathead Lake Cheese Co.
  • Beekeeping, Wustner Brothers Honey
  • Seed Saving, Jacob Cowgill, Laura Garber, Jean Pocha, Arza Hammond, and Brianna Ewert
  • Demystifying Photovoltaics, John Palm & Bozeman Green Build

10:30 – 12:00 Folk School Session B

  • Carding, Spinning & Weaving with Wool, Vicki Lynne & Rebecca Dane
  • Pedal-powered devices, Jeffrey Funk
  • Cheesemaking, Flathead Lake Cheese Co.
  • Beekeeping, Wustner Brothers Honey
  • Seed Saving, Jacob Cowgill, Laura Garber, Jean Pocha, and Brianna Ewert
  • Demystifying Photovoltaics, John Palm & Bozeman Green Build
  • Sheep Shearing, Will Tusick

12-1 Board Meeting (current & newly-elected)

12+ Community Project Option

Get some help from AERO members with your community project! We would like to issue a call for community energy or farm/garden projects in or around Hamilton for Sunday afternoon. For more details call the AERO office or email Caroline at cwallace@aeromt.org.

Thank You Sponsors!

Max Milton for Resilient Communities

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Born some 40 years ago as Mr. Natural’s Good Food Store, we’re still Missoula’s home for locally-produced, organic and bulk foods. Now our name’s a little shorter.
And the store’s a lot bigger.  But our mission remains the same: The Good Food Store is a non-profit corporation dedicated to supporting a healthy community.  We provide a wide selection of organic food and natural products, conduct our business in an ethical and respectful manner and donate to organizations in need.

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The Community Food Co-op is a cooperatively-owned grocery store with two locations in Bozeman, Montana. Specializing in organic foods and Montana-produced meat and vegetables, the Co-op offers high quality food at affordable prices, promotes sustainable practices and supports a strong community.

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If a company is going to make a difference in today’s world, it’s going to have to think differently. At Organic Valley, our philosophy and decisions are based on the health and welfare of people, animals and the earth. We’re a mission-driven cooperative, owned by family farmers, and we’ve been leaders in organic agriculture from the very beginning.

Become a Sponsor

Sponsorships offer special deals and recognition of your company/organization during the meeting and in our promotional materials. Please let us know if you have other ideas regarding your participation as a sponsor. We welcome that discussion.

Deadline for inclusion in Annual Meeting materials is October 14th.

Bronze Sponsor ($100 – $250)                                                                                                       

Bronze Sponsors are recognized throughout the promotion and hosting of the annual meeting through:

  • Recognition as a Bronze Sponsor with your logo on the annual meeting website, in the annual meeting program, and all other printed materials

Silver Sponsor ($250 and above)

Silver Sponsors are recognized throughout the promotion and hosting of the annual meeting through:

  • Recognition as a Silver Sponsor with your logo on the annual meeting website, in the annual meeting program, and all other printed materials
  • A description of your company (up to 50 words) will appear in the program and on the conference website, together with a link to your website
  • One complimentary three-day registration (includes meeting registration, but not meals or lodging)
  • Complimentary exhibit space
  • Complimentary 1/8page advertisement in the December Sun Times newsletter which will recap the Annual Meeting, a $50 value

Gold Sponsor ($500 and above)

Gold Sponsors are recognized throughout the promotion and hosting of the event. Gold Sponsors also have the option to select sponsorship of specific sessions, meals, or networking events. Gold Sponsors have excellent exposure of their companies’ products and services through the following benefits:

  • Recognition as a Gold Sponsor with your logo on the annual meeting website, in the program, and all other printed material
  • A description of your company (up to 50 words) will appear in the program and on the annual meeting website, together with a link to your website
  • Two complimentary registrations (includes meeting registration, but not meals or lodging)
  • Complimentary exhibit space
  • Complimentary quarter-page advertisement in the December Sun Times newsletter which will recap the Annual Meeting, a $100 value
  • Option of sponsoring and being recognized for a specific meal, session, or social event

Platinum Sponsor ($1000 and above)

As a Platinum Sponsor your company or organization enjoys the highest level of exposure offered. We will work with you to provide optimal promotion of your products and services in order to recognize your investment in the AERO community. You will receive exposure through the following benefits:

  • Recognition as a Platinum Sponsor with your logo on the annual meeting website, in the program, and all other printed material
  • A description of your company (up to 50 words) will appear in the program and on the annual meeting website, together with a link to your website
  • Two complimentary registrations (includes meals, but not lodging)
  • Complimentary exhibit space
  • Complimentary half-page advertisement in the December Sun Times newsletter which will recap the Annual Meeting, a $200 value
  • Company brochure inserted into all attendees registration packages
  • Your logo on all promotional items
  • Option of sponsoring and being recognized for a specific meal, session, or social event