12/01/2010 10:06 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

Organic Connections in Saskatoon

When I got an email a month or two after Organic Manifesto came out inviting me to come to Saskatoon and speak at the biannual Organic Connections Canadian Organic Farmers Conference, I, that sounds like a grand adventure. So of course I said yes. I mean, how cold could Saskatoon be in November?

Checking the weather the week before I left freaked me out a bit. Minus 18?! Minus 33?! Ouch. I soon found out that those were Celsius measurements, not my pathetic stateside Fahrenheit. But even so, on the ground the temperature never went above, say, 5 degrees F--in other words, cold! But it wasn't too bad. I even went for a run one day along the South Saskatchewan River. On my way out, I ran along with the slow and steady ice flows, and on my way back I ran against them. It didn't get light until about 8:30 a.m., and it got dark early, so there was this really cool sense of extended dawn and twilight.

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