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Organic Week in Washington, D.C.

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June 8-10, 2020

Check back soon for exciting Organic Week 2020 details! For now, take a look at the 2019 schedule for a taste of what's in store.

Experience the impact of organic – three great events in one powerful week.

It’s time to double-down on big ideas and better solutions. In the backdrop of the nation’s capital, join us at the epicenter of culinary creativity for a collaborative event about the future of organic. We’ll explore leading-edge thinking, discuss bold strategies, and take incremental steps to advance policy and private sector solutions.

Small organic producers to major growers, family-run organic operations to nationwide companies, researchers and policy advocates to distributors and retailers will come together to advance organic policy priorities. You can’t afford to miss this intimate offering of education, advocacy, and networking brought to you by the Organic Trade Association.

Organic Week D.C. 2019 Schedule at a Glance:

  • Monday, May 20: Member Day | Hall of the States 

9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m. - Member Day Meetings
8:00p.m. - 9:30p.m. - Moonlight Monument Bus Tour 

7:00a.m. - 5:00p.m. - Advocacy Day Meetings 
5:30p.m. - 7:30p.m. - Congressional Reception 

7:00a.m. - 9:00a.m. - Loop the Lincoln
9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m. - Bold Ideas & Critical Conversations Conference 
5:00p.m. - 7:00p.m. - Organic PAC Party & Fundraiser 

  • Thursday, May 23: Board of Directors Meeting | Hall of the States 

9:00a.m. - 12:00p.m. - D.C. Central Kitchen Volunteer Community Service 
12:30p.m. - 3:30p.m. - Organic Trade Association Board of Directors Meeting 

MEMBER DAY (Member Exclusive*)

Monday, May 20 | 9:00am - 5:00pm

The Organic Trade Association kicks off Organic Week with Member Day on Monday, May 20, at our headquarters in the Hall of the States. Members of the Organic Trade Association will gather for updates and discussion on industry issues, Advocacy Day prep,  topical working sessions, task force meetings, and special activities for Organic Week first-timers.

Member Day offers time for networking and collaboration. Help us build an agenda that meets your needs to connect and learn with your Organic Trade Association peers. If you have a topic you would like to discuss, please contact Libby Mucciarone.

Location // Hall of the States, 444 N. Capitol Street NW, Washington, D.C.


Monday, May 20 | 8:00pm - 9:30pm

Organic Trade Association members are invited to join this moonlit bus tour of some of Washington D.C.'s most legendary landmarks. This evening event, hosted by the Organic Trade Association's Board of Directors, provides a great opportunity to get to know other Organic Trade Association members, new and old, while getting out to enjoy some tourist attractions in our nation's historic capital. 

ADVOCACY DAY (Member Exclusive*)

Tuesday, May 21 | 7:00am - 5:00pm

The Organic Trade Association’s Advocacy Day will take place on Tuesday, May 21, in hundreds of offices and meeting rooms across Capitol Hill. Help us share positive messages and educate the nation’s top policymakers on the importance of Organic and the sector’s impact on jobs, growth, and consumer demand. You will leave with new advocacy tools and personal connections to help you better promote and protect organic in your community, your state, and at the national level.

Participation in Advocacy Day requires that you are available to attend meetings scheduled between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM on Tuesday, May 21.

Location // Hall of the States, 444 N. Capitol Street NW, Washington, D.C. // Individual meeting schedules will be provided to each registrant


Tuesday, May 21 | 5:30pm - 7:30pm

This evening event will offer an unmatched opportunity to network with colleagues and foster direct relationships with key government officials, their staff, and VIP guests in the backdrop of Capitol Hill. Come join us for cocktails and appetizers!


Wednesday, May 22 | 7:00am - 9:00am

Clif Bar will host leaders from organic companies, farmers, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other Hill staff for Loop the Lincoln, a casual 5.6K loop around the National Mall, from 7:00am - 9:00am on Wednesday, May 22. 


Wednesday, May 22 | 9:00am - 5:00pm

Let’s be bold. What’s always worked doesn’t always continue to serve us.

That’s why in 2019, Organic Trade Association is rebuilding its signature policy making event – literally from the ground up. We will host Bold Ideas + Critical Conversations in a unique new venue – Dock 5 – a creative urban space in the nexus of the bustling, historic Union Market. There, we’ll engage one another in dialogues of consequence to our industry.

Some of the Critical Conversations we’ll pursue:

  • How are we delivering on access and equity for our increasingly diverse shoppers?
  • What does it look like to scale with integrity?
  • Is the political middle disappearing permanently?
  • How does political activism align with brand strategy?
  • How do we set the stage for an Organic label that evolves, grows and meets today’s and tomorrow’s consumer needs?

 agenda with keynote speakers, panels and small group dialogues.

Location // Dock 5, Washington, D.C.


Wedesday, May 22 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm

The Organic Trade Association's Political Action Committee will host an evening reception directly following the Bold Ideas & Critical Conversations Conference. It will be a fun night of food, drink, activities and networking to support elected leaders who make organic food, fiber and farming a priority in policy decisions. If you’d like to learn more about Organic PAC and how you can get involved, contact Megan DeBates, or fill out your prior approval form today and then buy tickets!

Location // Dock 5, Washington, D.C.


Thursday, May 23 | 9:00am - 12:00pm

Jose Andres's D.C. Central Kitchen is the nation's first and leading community kitchen. Every day, dedicated volunteers help D.C. Central Kitchen transform wasted food into balanced meals for their community. Would you like to lend a hand with other Organic Trade Association members and staff for a few hours on Thursday morning? Volunteers will work with kitchen staff to cut, chop, peel and prep food – no cooking or food service experience required!


Interested in sponsorship opportunities with a meaningful ROI? Levels of support start at $3,500. Contact Tracy Campany to learn more about sponsorship opportunities for 2019!   


Tracy Campany
Events Manager
(202) 403-8632