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This Program is a cooperative effort of CT NOFA, the University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension System, the Connecticut Department of Agriculture, and the Risk Management Agency/USDA.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

 

 

33rd Annual Winter Conference

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Western Connecticut State University
Midtown Campus
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.

 

We are proud to announce our 2015 Keynote!

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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 and in 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.

Confirmed vendors
Astrum Solar
Bethany Homecrafts
Farm2Jars
Farm Credit East
Johnny’s Selected Seeds
Taproot Threads

RAFFLE

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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WORKSHOPS

Here's a peek at some of the workshops so far....

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

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Permaculture: Edible Landscaping to Regenerative Design - Sean Walsh, AppleSeed Permaculture





jack and julieStaying 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



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No-Till Vegetables - Lee Reich, Springtown Farmden

Pruning Fruit Trees, Shrubs and Vines - Lee Reich, Springtown Farmden

 

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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

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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


REGISTRATION

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

Registration Fees:

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

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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!

MUSIC

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.