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CT NOFA's 35th Annual Winter Conference

Saturday & Sunday
March 11 & 12, 2017

Western CT State University
Midtown Campus
181 White Street, Danbury, CT U.S.A.

The Largest Gathering of Organic Farm, Food & Garden Enthusiasts in Connecticut!

CT NOFA’s Annual Winter Conference is the premier event where farmers, landscapers, foodies, gardeners, and community leaders convene to learn innovative practices, share ideas, and network with others! The 2016 Winter Conference was a huge success - over 840 people attended and included nearly 100 vendors and 25 sponsors! Thank you to all who attended and supported the event!

Saturday Highlights:

The Saturday schedule consists of workshop sessions, a keynote speaker, and time during lunch to visit all the great vendors and exhibitors. At the Conference you'll receive a program booklet with complete workshop descriptions, room numbers and additional conference information.

  • Nearly 100 food and farm exhibitors
  • Keynote speaker plus dozens of workshops designed for organic farmers, gardeners, land care professionals, good food advocates, and local food fans!
  • A locally-sourced lunch! Some of Connecticut's most creative and generous chefs are going to make lunch for you.

    The amazing 2016 lunch was sponsored by: Barcelona, Kawa Ni, The Whelk, New Morning Market, Sugar & Olives, Wave Hill Breads, Plan B, Sodexo and Mill Street Bar & Table plus organic tea sponsored by Harney & Sons and organic, locally-roasted coffee tasting sponsored by Shearwater Coffee Roasters. THANK YOU TO EACH & EVERY ONE OF YOU!

2017 Keynote Speaker:

Farmer & Food Activist, Leah Penniman, of Soul Fire Farm (NY)

"Ending Racism and Injustice in the Food System.”

Leah Penniman is an educator, farmer, and food justice activist from Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, NY. She is committed to dismantling the oppressive structures that misguide our food system, reconnecting marginalized communities to land, and upholding our responsibility to steward the land the nourishes us.
As a core member of the Freedom Food Alliance, Leah cultivates life-giving food for families living in food apartheid neighborhoods. She also runs an on-farm restorative justice program that is an alternative-to-incarceration for area teens and a training program for aspiring Black and Latino activist-farmers. In recognition of the truth that food sovereignty is a global struggle, Leah is a core collective member of Ayiti Resurrect, and coordinates an ongoing reforestation and sustainability project with farmers in Haiti, her ancestral homeland. She is a high school science teacher, project-based-learning coach, and uprooting racism facilitator. In these spaces, Leah joyfully and reverently connects learners to the intricate miracle that is this living planet and to their own power as agents of positive change in the community.

Sunday Highlights:

Get in on The AGRE$OURCE Fair! This new event will connect you with agriculture-related grants and also have workshops to help you get started in organic farming & improve your growing skills. Topics will include intensive veggie growing with Bryan O'Hara, all about value added farm products, simple steps for organic certification, and more! Stay tuned for details soon!

Early Bird Registration - Now Open!

2017 Winter Conference Registration is now open for Saturday & Sunday. Join us when we return to WCSU for a weekend of fun and learning. Take advantage of our EARLY BIRD pricing which expires Feb 14!


Questions? Email us at: winterconference@ctnofa.org or call the office: 203-308-2584



Do you or someone you know have an organic farm, garden or landscape? Are you using an innovative technique that you would like to share with others? We are looking for creative, energetic people like you to be a Workshop Presenter at CT NOFA’s 35th Annual Winter Conference!

We are currently accepting applications to be a Workshop presenter. The deadline to apply is December 15 and are considered on a rolling basis (so don't delay)!

Please use this online form to apply to be a 2017 CT NOFA Winter Conference Workshop Presenter.


2016 Vendors & Exhibitors (new vendor list coming Feb 1, 2017)

Interested in applying to vend or exhibit at the 2017 conference, let us know ASAP! Send the Alexandra Buda an email or leave a message in the office at 203-308-2584. To reserve now online, visit:

2016 vendors & exhibitors included:
Aitoro Appliances
Animal Welfare Approved
Aradia Farm
Artscape Organic-Care, LLC
B4 & After Farm/Oui Charcuterie
Baystate Organic Certifiers
Bellas Alpacas Farm
Benedict’s Home & Garden
Bethany Homecrafts
BioSafe Systems, LLC
Bitta-Blue Farm
Carol Monnerat LLC Artisan Truffles
Citizens' Climate Lobby (Manchester, CT chapter)
Connecticut Beekeepers Association
Connecticut Department of Agriculture
Connecticut Farm Bureau Association
Connecticut Farm Energy Program
Connecticut Farmland Trust
Cricket Hill Garden
Dales Dollar Plants
Direct Energy Solar
Eastern Insurance Associates
Edible Nutmeg
Farm Credit East
FRESH Farm Aquaponics
Fungi Ally
Glynwood | Hudson Valley Farm Business Incubator
Go Organic, LLC
Green Earth Ag and Turf, LLC
Johnny’s Selected Seeds
Jordan Energy and Food Enterprises
Juice Plus
Lyric Hill Farm
Manzi Insurance Associates
National Organic Coalition
Nationwide Insurance/Jim Eagan Agency
Natural Family Health, LLC
Natureworks Horticultural Services
New CT Farmer Alliance
New England Farmers Union
Nutmeg Naturals, LLC
NYR ORGANIC - Soulbyrd Therapies, LLC
OM Pajamas
Organic Mechanics Soil Company
Paul's Custom Pet Food LLC
Progressive Asset Management
Protect Our Pollinators
Rainbow Kids
Raven's Edge, LLC
Rocky Corner Cohousing
Shearwater Organic Coffee Roasters
Slow Food Shoreline
SOPHIA Natural Health Center
Specialty Agricultural Products, LLC
Sperry Naturals
Sustainability Masters
Sweet Peet Organic Mulch
Sweet Sage Bakery
Swift Farms
Taproot Threads
Three Bluebirds
Thrivent Financial
Traditional Health First
Twin Star
Sperry Naturals
UConn Master Composter Program
VisionWorks Books
Wellscroft Fence Systems, LLC
Worden Wellness Center
Working Lands Alliance

Interested in applying to vend or exhibit at the 2017 conference, let us know ASAP! Send the staff an email (winterconference@ctnofa.org) or call Alex in the office.


Directions & Parking:

Western CT State University (WCSU Midtown Campus), 181 White Street, Danbury, CT

Park for free in either of the two parking garages on campus.  MAP

(From the West)

  • Take Exit 5 off I-84 to first traffic light (Main Street).
  • Turn right and continue on Main Street to White Street (fourth traffic light).
  • Turn left on White Street and continue 1/2 mile.
  • The campus is on the left. Parking is available in the parking garage on the right.
(From the East)
  • Take Exit 5 off I-84 to first traffic light (Clapboard Ridge Road).
  • Turn right and continue on (Clapboard Ridge will turn into Main Street) to White Street (fifth traffic light).
  • Turn left on White Street and continue 1/2 mile.
  • The campus is on the left. Parking is available in the parking garage on the right.

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CT NOFA's 35th 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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This program is a cooperative effort of CT NOFA, UConn Extension, the Connecticut Department of Agriculture, and the Risk Management Agency/USDA. These institutions are equal opportunity employers and program providers.



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