Saturday, March 7, 2015
Western Connecticut State University
181 White Street
Danbury, CT 06810
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Local and Organic Since 1982!
CT NOFA's Winter Conference is Connecticut's largest food, agriculture and sustainability conference and will be back for a second year at Western Connecticut State University's Midtown Campus in Danbury - a terrific venue. Join us to discuss the future of sustainable farming, celebrate local food and much more.
In between workshops, attendees can visit with over 70 vendors, farmers and exhibitors featuring local foods, crafts, books, and sustainability initiatives. Our legendary raffle will return with prizes that include garden supplies, Connecticut grown and crafted goods, exciting services and more.
In the event of inclement weather and the university closes, the snow date is March 8, 2015.
We are proud to announce our 2015 Keynote!
Dr. Kristine Nichols
Rodale Institute Chief Scientist
"Regenerative Agriculture for Soil and Climate Health"
SPONSORSHIP & ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITES
We invite you to support Connecticut's largest sustainable food conference. Extensive outreach statewide and beyond prior to the event exposes your company to your target market on print materials, both traditional and social media, and provides you with an audience of 900 people on Conference day.
Details on sponsorship and advertising HERE.
The sponsor and advertising commitment form can be found HERE.
**Sponsor the 2015 Winter Conference and receive 50% off sponsorship of the 2015 Getting Started in Organic Farming Conference! View the details HERE and the combined sponsorship form can be found HERE.
VENDORS & EXHIBITORS
Interested in being an exhibitor? Details HERE.
Baystate Organic Certifiers
Farm Credit East
Green Earth Ag and Turf
Johnny’s Selected Seeds
Working Lands Alliance
Many of our sponsors, 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!
REQUEST FOR WORKSHOP PROPOSALS
Presenters are invited to submit a workshop proposal for the CT NOFA Winter Conference. You can submit your proposal now. Details HERE.
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Here's a peek at some of the workshops so far....
Film: "GMO OMG! Is this the end of real food?" - Carol Peringer and Christine O’Day, ConnFACT - Connecticut Families Against Chemical Trespass
Lyme Disease: Time for a Fresh Approach - Andrea Candee, Master Herbalist
Farmers Feeding Connecticut Families - Donald Tuller, Connecticut Farm Bureau Association; Steve Slipchinsky, Foodshare; Audrey Campos, Connecticut Food Bank
Raised Bed Gardens ~ Design and Care - John Carlson, Homefront Farmers
Improving Food Access Through Farmers Markets, CSAs, and Mobile Markets - Dan Gregory & Pauline Zaldonis, Hartford Food System
Occupying Fair Trade: Understanding Labels & Forging A Movement - Louis Battalen, Domestic Fair Trade Association
The Art and Practice of Seed Saving - Shanyn Siegel, Thresh and Winnow
Identification and Management of White Grubs - Ana Legrand, UCONN Dept of Plant Science
Fencing...In or Out - Leonard Pollara, Organic Sage Consulting
Using Draft Animals - Erika Marczak, Abington Grown
Windbreaks: An Ancient Agroforestry Practice for Today - Carol Auer, University of Connecticut
Scrap Wood and WD-40: Making it Work on the Start-up Farm - Aaron Taylor, Darling Farm and Susan Mitchell, Cloverleigh Farm
Midwifery on the Farm: a Collaboration in Process - Justin Freiberg, Yale Sustainable Food Program
Attracting Beneficial Insects to Your Garden and Farm - Alan Gorkin, Lake Avenue Farm
Alternatives to the Use of Antibiotics and Drugs in Food Animal Production - Jean King and Michael Keilty, UConn Extension
'It Takes a Village' - Urban Farming in your Neighborhood - Monique Bosch, GVI Green Village Initiative
Permaculture: Edible Landscaping to Regenerative Design - Sean Walsh, AppleSeed Permaculture
Staying Together for 38 Years While Farming - Julie Rawson and Jack Kittredge, Many Hands Organic Farm
Certified Organic Pasture Raised Turkeys, Layers, and Meat Birds - Julie Rawson and Jack Kittredge, Many Hands Organic Farm
No-Till Vegetables - Lee Reich, Springtown Farmden
Pruning Fruit Trees, Shrubs and Vines - Lee Reich, Springtown Farmden
Grafting and Espaliering Fruit Trees - Nicholas Mancini, The Organic Gardening Workshop
Grafting Tomatoes in Different Rootstocks - Nicholas Mancini, The Organic Gardening Workshop
Home Composting Made Easy - Sherill Baldwin, CT DEEP
Organic Management of Vegetable Diseases - Yonghao Li, CT Agricultural Experiment Station
Finding Land: Partnering with a Land Trust to Secure Affordable Farmland - Holly Rippon-Butler, National Young Farmers Coalition
Safe Solutions to Gardens and Landscapes - Lorraine Ballato, LadyGardener
Planning and Growing an Edible Forest Garden - Cynthia Rabinowitz, The Hidden Garden & Connsoil
Integrative Chinese Medicine & Nutrition - Kenneth Hoffman, The SOPHIA Natural Health Center
How to Pickle - An Intro to Lactofermentation - Shamu Sadeh, Adamah Farm at Isabella Freedman Retreat Center
Growing Bee-Friendly Flowers - Dr. Kimberly Stoner, CT Agricultural Experiment Station
Kitchen as Medicine Chest, Food as Medicine - Dr. Leigh White, Natural Family Health
Winemaking at Home - John J. Kriz
You'll have the option to pay with a credit card or mail in a form with a check.
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|Kids 12 and under-free
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|volunteer -$10 off
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS/WORKSHOPS
8:30 to 9:30 ~ Registration
9:30 to 10:45 ~ Workshop I
11:00 to 12:30 ~ Keynote
12:30 to 2:15 ~ Lunch
2:15 to 3:30 ~ Workshop II
3:45 to 5:00 ~ Workshop III
Workshops descriptions will be posted as they are confirmed, with final listings available February 1, 2015. 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, times and room numbers.
There will be some outdoor walking between buildings, so please plan to dress for the weather.
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.
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Once again, some of Connecticut's most creative chefs are going to make lunch for you. More to come!
To be announced.
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CT NOFA's 33rd 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.