Expo and Annual Meeting

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AERO’s 2018 Expo and Annual Meeting will take place October 26-28 in Missoula, at the Fairgrounds and the FairBridge Inn. Dr Miguel Altieri will deliver this year’s keynote, “Agroecology: The Only Viable Path to Feed a Planet in Crisis,” on Saturday, October 27. He will also offer an additional workshop and question and answer session. Read more Dr Altieri, below, and check back for registration, coming late June, with full agenda to follow!

Please note that Harvest Market Tables for vendors or organization’s wanting to offer display or sales are available for $25 when you register, here.

Are you a farming hoping to home to the Expo, but cost is a barrier? Expo Farmer Fellow applications are open through August 15! Read more on this all-expense paid opportunity for beginning and military veteran farmers here. 

Tour Info:

Tour 1: Bitterroot Tour: 9:30am. Visits Missoula, Lolo, Stevensville over 5.5 hours.

  • Oxbow Cattle Co. demonstrates sustainable ranching, land partnerships, and use of conservation easements.
  • Wildwood Brewery in Stevensville has plans for an integrated farm system meant to divert grain waste.

Other locations TBA.

Tour 2: Farm to School/West Bound: 9:30am. Visits Missoula and Frenchtown over 5.5 hours.

  • Freedom Gardens in Frenchtown is a new project located at Frenchtown Elementary School. With a new greenhouse and aquaponic system, they aim to incorporate 5 growing systems for children to study.

Other locations TBA.

Tour 3: Missoula Centric: 9:30am. Visits Missoula over 5.5 hours.

  • Visit the Missoula Urban Demonstration Project (MUD) Tool Library to discuss community resiliency in DIY skills and access.

Other locations TBA.

Tour 4: UM: 9:30am. Visits Missoula over 5.5 hours.

  • The PEAS Farm is a working farm and education center founded by UM’s Environmental Studies Program and non-profit Garden City Harvest.
  • UM’s Farm-to-College Program demonstrates the use of diversified gardens, menu design, and waste  reduction at the institutional level. Lunch available at UM Dining.


Keynote Info

Miguel A Altieri studied agronomy at the University of Chile, where he received a BS.  He also obtained a Masters at the National University of Colombia. He graduated with a Ph.D. in entomology at the University of Florida. In 1981 he became Professor of Agroecology at the University of California, Berkeley in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management and after 37 years of service he is now Professor Emeritus.

At Berkeley he taught agroecology and urban agriculture, but he also serves as guest professor in numerous Universities in latin America, Spain and Italy. He has conducted most of his research in California and Latin America Chile working closely with farmers to implement principles of agroecology to design productive, biodiverse and resilient farming systems.

Altieri served as a Scientific Advisor to the Latin American Consortium on Agroecology and Development (CLADES) Chile, an NGO network promoting agroecology as a strategy for small farm sustainable development in the region. He also served for 4 years as the General Coordinator for the United Nations Development Programme’s Sustainable Agriculture Networking and Extension Programme which aimed at capacity building on agroecology among NGOs and the scaling-up of successful local sustainable agricultural initiatives in Africa, Latin America and Asia. He was the chairman of the NGO committee of the Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research whose mission was to make sure that the research agenda of the 15 International Agricultural Research Centers benefited poor farmers. He was Director of the US-Brasil Consortium on Agroecology and Sustainable Rural Development (CASRD), an academic-research exchange program involving students and faculty of UC Berkeley, University of Nebraska, UNICAMP and Universidad Federal de Santa Catarina. He also served as  scientific advisor to the Food and Agriculture Organization Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) program, which is devoted at identifying and dynamically conserving traditional farming systems in the developing world.  He was  the President of the Latin American Scientific Society of Agroecology ( www.socla.co). In 2012, he supported farming the Gill Tract, a UC owned part of land. In 2015 he was awarded a Doctor Honoris Causa at the Universite Catholique du Lovain, Belgium. In  2017, he became Honorary Professor of the University of La Frontera in Chile. In 2018 he was inducted to the Earth Hall of Fame by the Kyoto Prefecture, Japan.

He has written more than 250 scientific principles and more than 20 books among them Agroecology: the science of sustainable agriculture and Biodiversity and pest management in agroecosystems.


Check out electronic presentation materials from 2017 here, and visit AERO’s YouTube Channel for video of keynotes, panels and workshops from 2017.