2013 Conference Keynote Speakers
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Morning Keynote Speaker
Founder of Growing Power
At Growing Power and in community food projects across the nation and around the world, Allen promotes the belief that all people, regardless of their economic circumstances, should have access to fresh, safe, affordable and nutritious foods at all times. Using methods he has developed over a lifetime, Allen trains community members to become community farmers, assuring them a secure source of good food without regard to political or economic forces.
Lunch Keynote Speaker
V.P. and Chief Marketing Officer
PEMCO Mutual Insurance Company
Information on how to market farm products is the most requested information by farmers. PEMCO’s Rod Brooks is the creator of the latest advertising campaign. But for all of the essential humor of the campaign, there is a serious reason PEMCO chose to honor these quirky characters in a marketing campaign. The Northwest is a very special place. It is PEMCO's home, and research showed that people here value individuality and uniqueness. We appreciate and celebrate our differences. These are not just customers – they are our neighbors, friends and, more than likely, ourselves. Let’s create a Pacific Northwest Farmer profile!