Winter Conference of the Northeast Organic Farming Association is at WestConn

CT NOFA's (Northeast Organic Farming Association) 32nd Annual Winter Conference

Saturday, March 1, 2014
Western Connecticut State University, Midtown Campus
181 White Street, Danbury, CT 06810
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Local and Organic Since 1982!

The 2014 Winter Conference is Connecticut's largest food, agriculture and sustainability conference and brings into focus the challenges of the next generation of farmers and how they affect all of us. Join us to discuss the future of sustainable farming, celebrate local food and much more.

In between workshops, attendees can visit with over 50 vendors and exhibitors featuring local foods, crafts, books, and sustainability initiatives. The ever popular raffle will return with prizes that include garden supplies, Connecticut grown and crafted goods, exciting services and more.

We have a new, beautiful and spacious venue for our 32nd Annual Winter Conference. We are grateful to Western Connecticut State University and its Jane Goodall Center for Excellence in Environmental Studies for hosting and Co-sponsoring the Conference at their Midtown Campus, easily accessible from I-84 in Danbury CT!

Here's a glimpse of this year's conference:

KEYNOTE

Our keynote will be Fred Kirschenmann, a Distinguished Fellow for the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University and President of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, New York. The title of his talk is Tomorrow's Farmer & You.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS/WORKSHOPS

8:30 to 9:30 ~ Registration
9:30 to 10:45 ~ Workshop I
11:00 to 12:30 ~ Intro/announcements/Keynote
12:30 to 2:00 ~ Lunch in three waves
2:15 to 3:30~ Workshop II
3:45 to 5:00 ~ Workshop III

Workshops descriptions are posted HERE, and the list is growing! You don't have to choose workshops when you register for the Conference. On the day of the Conference you'll receive a program booklet with complete workshop descriptions and room numbers, which will also be posted here prior to the Conference.

AOLCP Credit: CT NOFA's Organic Land Care Program educates and accredits Organic Land Care Professionals. Certain Winter Conference workshops provide continuing education credit for CT NOFA's Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals (AOLCP's), and it will be possible for you to earn a total of 4 credits that day.

REGISTRATION

The early registration deadline is February 8th, so register today!

You'll have the option to pay with a credit card or mail a check.

Registration Fees:

EARLY REGISTRATION - BEFORE 2/8/14 TOTAL

non member $55 plus $15 lunch $70
member $45 plus $15 lunch $60
student/senior $30 plus $15 lunch $45
farm intern/apprentice $30 plus $15 lunch $45
volunteer -$10 off
kids 12 and under-free plus $8 lunch $8

REGISTRATION - AFTER 2/8/14

non member $60 plus $15 lunch $75
member $50 plus $15 lunch $65
student/senior $35 plus $15 lunch $50
farm intern/apprentice $35 plus $15 lunch $50
volunteer -$10 off
kids 12 and under-free plus $8 lunch $8

A limited number of scholarships are available to beginning farmers with less than 10 years of farming experience who would otherwise have difficulty attending. Click HERE for an application.

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged to save time on the day of the conference.

SPONSORSHIP & ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITES

This is our largest event of the year which last year attracted 800+ participants passionate about organic farming, food, gardening and land care. This is a great opportunity to reach a large community concerned about sustainability - - at the Conference itself and throughout the promotional period. Sponsorships and ad details can be viewed HERE and the payment/signup form is linked HERE.

LUNCH

Once again, some of Connecticut's most creative chefs are going to make lunch for you. They will be using local, sustainable and organic ingredients to show you their stuff.

We promise shorter lines this year for this luscious farm to table experience! So please don't hesitate to include lunch in your registration for the Conference.

Details can be found HERE.

VENDORS & EXHIBITORS

NEW! - Vendors/farmers market all together under one roof in the spacious Field House. Attendees will have more time to visit during the breaks and lunch period.

Confirmed exhibitors:

Arbonne Independent Consultant
Baystate Organic Certifiers
Benedict's Home & Garden
Bethany Homecrafts
buyCTgrown
Carol Monnerat LLC Artisan Truffles
CT Agricultural Experiment Station
Connecticut Farmland Trust
Draft Animal Power Network
Farm Service Agency
FarmTek
The Fertrell Company
Food & Water Watch
Gold Star Honeybees
Green Earth Ag and Turf, LLC
Natureworks
One World Roasters
Progressive Asset Management Group
Shearwater Organic Coffee Roasters
Slow Food Shoreline
Taproot Threads
Traditional Health First
Tree Whispering/Plant Health Alternatives
USDA NASS

RAFFLE

Many of our exhibitors, workshop presenters and attendees donate wonderful products and services for our popular raffle, which are beautifully displayed on the day of Winter Conference. Please consider donating a prize!

MUSIC

Music for Sustainability: We're glad to have Ken Coulson back again to provide positive vibrations during registration and the lunch. Ken and his band, Gatsby's Green Light pair their music often with organizations, events and fairs that promote and develop clean and local food and energy solutions. Learn more or book the band at his site site: kencoulson.com

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CT NOFA's 32nd Annual Winter Conference is being brought to you in cooperation with Western Connecticut State University and its Jane Goodall Center for Excellence in Environmental Studies.

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