Schedule & Workshops 2021

October 6th

WEDNESDAY EVE
5:30 - 7:00 PM (PST) - Opening Reception: Flavor Foundations - MAIN STAGE

LOCATION: MAIN STAGE

Wednesday evening kicks off the 45th Annual Provender Educational Conference with a warm Provender welcome at our Flavor Foundations Opening Reception!

The theme of the reception is Passion & Purpose: A Sensory Rediscovery of Potatoes, Pears, & Prosecco.

Join Mark Mulcahy,  Samuel Vandegrift, and a whole slew of your Provender friends. It’s a great way to ease into conference mode and start things off right.

Mark and Sam, co-creators of the Flavor Foundations series, will host this sensory evening of wine, food, and fellowship that is guaranteed to be engaging, participatory, and downright fun.

We’ll gather together in spirit and laughter, and promise an evening like you’ve never had before.

MARK MULCAHY

SAMUEL VANDEGRIFT

 

October 7th

THURSDAY
9:00 - 9:15 AM (PST) Welcome — MAIN STAGE

Start the Conference fresh with an introductory welcome and overview. Bring your favorite mug and a hot drink, and settle in for a fantastic day ahead!

With:
Abigail Harris, Executive Director, Provender Alliance
Sam Vandergrift, Master of Ceremonies, Columinate Consultant

 

9:15 to 10:15 AM (PST) Keynote Event with Q&A - MAIN STAGE

The Real Deal about Organic Farmerswith Linley Dixon, Co-Director, Real Organic Project

You may have heard recently that Danone, multinational corporate owner of Horizon Organic, served a devastating blow to organic farmers and their communities in New England,. The company decided to terminate the contracts of 89 small organic dairy farms. Why does this matter? The principles of organic farming are decades older than USDA certification. Yet the USDA is transforming the meaning of organic by allowing the certification of practices that are not in line with these principles. The US allowance of CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) and hydroponic production as organic has essentially mandated these cheaper forms of production. As USDA Organic is being redefined by industry, the Real Organic Project is growing rapidly. With over 850 certified farms (two of which are Provender Alliance members), Real Organic is offering independent farmers, producers, stores, and eaters a way to find each other.  We believe that the Real Organic movement must keep growing to create the agricultural system we dream of. Come learn what we can do together to create a future we can all believe in.

10:15 AM to 10:40 AM (PST) Meet and Greet Community Networking

Connect with your community of diverse and interesting people from our natural foods trade. This is where we start building momentum, together.

10:45 AM to 11:45 AM (PST) - Morning Workshops 11:45 AM to 12:10 PM (PST) Small Group Connections

Share your insights and take-aways in small group breakout discussions, based on what is most meaningful from the workshop in which you participated.

12:15 - 1:00 PM (PST) - Grab your Lunch, General Membership Meeting, and Slideshow

12:15 PM
Your Provender Board of Directors will take the stage for the Annual Membership Meeting, with updates about their work throughout the year. Expect a creative retrospective and directions for the future. More exciting than you’d expect! Join us for a fun and informative meeting. And dare we mention there will be costumes?

12:30 PM
Bring your lunch and enjoy a Provender slideshow of other members, friends, and past conference delights.

1:00-2:00 PM (PST) Early Afternoon Sessions 2:00-2:25 PM (PST) Small Group Connections!

Connect and network with other people in smaller breakout rooms – get to know more Provender members and conference participants!

2:30 to 3:30 PM (PST) Mid Afternoon Sessions 3:30 - 4:00 PM (PST) Reflections & Insight

Complete the afternoon with sharing your own insights and reflections on what you’ve heard, learned and experienced throughout the day. We’ll use breakout rooms for more personal time to network and connect.

October 8th

FRIDAY
9:00 - 9:15 AM Welcome - MAIN STAGE

Start the second full day of the Conference with the Provender community. Bring your favorite mug and a hot drink, and settle in for a fantastic day ahead!

With:
Abigail Harris, Executive Director, Provender Alliance
Sam Vandergrift, Master of Ceremonies, Columinate Consultant

 

9:15 - 10:15 AM - Keynote Event - MAIN STAGE

Three Keys to Inspired Leadership – with Victor Shamas PhD, Psychologist, Lecturer, and Author

At a time of unprecedented change, creative inspiration holds the key to effective leadership. Recent breakthroughs in creativity research reveal the nature of inspiration, which bears important similarities to the experience of being in love. Here, you will discover the three keys to inspired leadership that will make it possible for you to be inspired, share your inspiration with others, and tap into the power of creative inspiration to revolutionize virtually every aspect of your life, including your business and entire industry.

10:15 AM to 10:40 AM (PST) Small Group Networking

Connect with your community of diverse and interesting people from our natural foods trade. Find your flow with others in small group breakouts!

10:45 AM to 11:45 AM (PST) - Morning Workshops 11:45 AM to 12:10 PM (PST) Breakout Discussions

Share your insights and take-aways in small group breakout discussions, based on what is most meaningful from the workshop in which you participated. Your voice matters!

12:15 to 1:00 PM (PST) Grab your Lunch, Take a Break, Enjoy the Awards Ceremony

12:15 PM
Bring your lunch for the Provender Annual Awards Ceremony, as we honor and celebrate those who have helped make this an especially meaningful year for the Provender Alliance community.

12:30 PM
We’ll have a slideshow running on the Main Stage, with heart-warming photos from past conferences and some favorite faces that you’ll recognize if you’ve ever attended the Provender conference before.

Don’t forget to check out the Sponsor Booths located in the Conference Hub Landing Page — watch amazing videos, download literature and new product info, and get to know what makes the sponsors of this conference so very special!

 

1:00-2:00 PM (PST) - Early Afternoon Workshops 2:00 to 2:25 PM (PST)

Connect and network with other people in smaller breakout rooms – get to know more Provender members and conference participants!

2:30-3:30 PM (PST)- Provender Pathfinders: Insights & Inspiration from Innovative Leaders

Lean in for an informative session and conference highlight with prominent leaders in the Provender community whose businesses embody independent integrity at their core. They will share insights, inspiration, and lessons learned along the way in building up their unique businesses, including:

 

Moderated by Lisa Spicka.

3:30 to 3:45 PM (PST) - Closing Circle

Take a deep breath and gather one final time with the Provender Community for a closing circle to complete our time together. Led by past board member Stephen Markham, and present board secretary Meg Kennedy.