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wc 2014CT NOFA's 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!


Western Connecticut State University Directions

2014 Winter Conference Survey/Evaluation ~ thank you!

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 70 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.


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

Workshops descriptions and times are posted HERE. 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.

There will some outdoor walking between buildings, so please 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.


Online registration is now closed.

You can still join us for Winter Conference by registering in person on Saturday at Berkshire Hall on the Midtown Campus of Western Connecticut State University in Danbury! Find Berkshire Hall and the 2 campus Parking Garages (free parking) on this MAP.

To save time at registration, you can download and print this FORM to fill out and bring with you. We accept cash, checks and all major credit cards.

Registration at the door will be $35 for students and farm interns/apprentices, and $60 for everyone else. Children under 12 are free.

Lunch Fee: $15 for adults, $8 for children 12 and under.

There will be three lunch sessions, so if you're meeting someone and would like to have lunch together, there will plenty of room to wait and get your lunch bands together.







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.

See a video of Mr. Kirschenmann and "The Future of Agriculture" here.

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If you have already registered for the conference and would now like to add the lunch, you may pay for it at the conference.

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.

Details can be found HERE.

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We are no longer accepting any additional vendors for this year's conference. If you'd like to be contacted for next year's conference, please EMAIL us.

Participating Vendor Details:

Please plan to arrive at Western Connecticut State University between 7:00 and 7:30 AM. Conference attendees begin arriving by 8:30 and the conference begins at 9:30 AM. There will be volunteers on hand to help you unload your car and set up your booth. Plan also to carry out all materials at the end of the day.

Your vendor/exhibitor fee includes one conference registration and lunch, a 6' table and two chairs. Additional helpers must register for the conference and may register at the rate of $30, and $15 for lunch, if wanted.

Here's a MAP of the campus. Registration and vendors are all in Berkshire Hall. Please pull into the one-way street "Dr. James Roach Avenue" to unload. Any questions, please contact the vendor coordinator, Doug Rankin at 203-807-1199.

Confirmed exhibitors
American Stonecraft
Arbonne Independent Consultant
Audubon Greenwich
Baystate Organic Certifiers
Benedict’s Home & Garden
Bethany Homecrafts
Carol Monnerat LLC Artisan Truffles
Community Energy
CT Agricultural Experiment Station
Connecticut Farm Bureau
Connecticut Farmland Trust
Connecticut Gardener Magazine
Connecticut State Grange
Danbury Farmers’ Market Community Collaborative
Dash n Drizzle
Draft Animal Power Network
Farm Service Agency
Food & Water Watch
FRESH New London
Friends of Autistic People (FAP)
Go Organic, LLC
Gold Star Honeybees
Green Earth Ag and Turf, LLC
Green Haven Cohousing
Harvest Home Farmer's Market
Humane Society of the US-CT Chapter
Inspired Health & Wellness
Johnny’s Selected Seeds
Juice Plus+ & The Tower Garden
My Pet Chicken
Natural Awakenings – Fairfield County
New Pond Farm
Northeast Clean Power/3Degrees
Northfordy Farm
NYR Organic (Neal's Yard Remedies)
One World Roasters
Progressive Asset Management Group
Rainbow Kids
Raw Food Central
Rocky Hill Chiropractic
Sage Hill Farm
Sea Green Organics
Send A Smile Cards
Shearwater Organic Coffee Roasters
Slow Food Shoreline
Specialty Agricultural Products, LLC
Swift Farms
Taproot Threads
The Sustainable Farm School
The Institute of Sustainable Nutrition
Toplands Farm/DD Living History Farm
Traditional Health First
Turtle Tree Seed
USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service
Young Living Essential Oils
Viridian Energy
Wellscroft Fence Systems

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Sponsorship & Advertising opportunities for our 2014 Conference are now closed. Please check back on ctnofa.org for other Sponsorship & Advertising Opportunities or contact Linda Goldsmith at linda@ctnofa.org or 203-308-2584.

One of our next opportunities is for advertising in our CT NOFA 2014-2015 Farm & Food Guide, with discounted rates for Business Members. For more information contact Linda Goldsmith (above).


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!


ken coulson

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.