Western CT State University
181 White Street,
Saturday, March 12, 2016~8:30 to 5:00 pm
Sunday, March 13, 2016~
9:00 to 3:30 pm
The Largest Organic Food and Farming Conference in Connecticut
Register at the door! Cash & Check preferred. Credit Cards accepted. Print the form below to speed up check-in! See you there!
Schedule of Events
The Saturday schedule consists of three 75-minute workshop sessions, a morning keynote speaker, and time during the lunch break to visit all the great vendors and exhibitors.
8:30 to 9:30 ~ Registration in Berkshire Hall
9:30 to 10:45 ~ Workshop Session I
11:00 to 12:30 ~ Keynote
12:30 to 2:15 ~ Visit Exhibitors and Raffle
Lunch in three waves
2:15 to 3:30 ~ Workshop Session II
3:45 to 5:00 ~ Workshop Session III
Sunday will be series of six, 2.5 hour in-depth diverse workshops. Registration and all workshops are in the STUDENT CENTER.
9:00 to 9:30 ~ Registration
9:30 to 12:00 ~ Morning Session
12:00 to 1:00 ~ Lunch
1:00 to 3:30 ~ Afternoon Session
Saturday workshops and the session schedule can be viewed HERE.
Sunday workshops can be viewed HERE.
At the Conference you'll receive a program booklet with complete workshop descriptions, room numbers and additional conference information.
Directions to the WCSU Midtown Campus
Parking: you may park for free in either of the two parking garages on campus. MAP
Saturday Registration: Find Berkshire Hall and the 2 campus Parking Garages on this MAP
Sunday Registration: Registration and all workshops are in the STUDENT CENTER. See MAP.
Saturday Lunch: there will be three lunch sessions, so if you're meeting someone and would like to have lunch together, there will be plenty of room to wait and get your color coded wrist bands together.
If you would like to bring a friend who has not pre-registered, you'll save time at check-in by printing and filling out this FORM.
There will be some outdoor walking between buildings, so please dress for the weather.
Raffle: Here's a tip from someone at last year's conference - bring some of those pesky address labels we're always getting in the mail and use them on your raffle tickets. Saves lots of writing at the raffle table!
In the interest of sustainability – Please remember: brng your personal water bottle to the conference. Western CT State University has filling stations!
Pre-registration is now closed. Walk-ins are welcome for both Saturday and Sunday.
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.
Saturday registration at the door will be $35 for students / farm interns/apprentices, and $60 for everyone else. Children under 12 are free.
You may also register for Sunday - $35 for students/ farm interns/ apprentices, and $50 for everyone else.
Saturday lunch Fee: $15 for adults, $8 for children 12 and under.
Saturday lunch is not included in the registration fee. You may add it during the registration.
Lunch is not provided for Sunday. You can bring your own or purchase lunch in the student cafeteria.
· Keynote address: “Creating Community Food Systems” by Travis Marcotte, Executive Director of the Intervale Center in Vermont
· 65 workshops designed for farmers, gardeners, land care professionals and foodies
· 81 food and farm exhibitors
· Locally sourced lunch 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.
· In-depth classes on Getting Started in Organic Farming, intensive veggie growing, value added products, how to apply for organic certification and more!
New this year!
* Scion & Seed Swap on Saturday- details here.
* Farmer Meet & Greet - Calling all seasoned farmers and the new kids on the block! Farmer Asher Landes will guide an interactive, old school meet and greet during the Saturday lunch session (from 12:30 to 2:15) in the Student Lounge down the hall from the registration area in Berkshire Hall.
* Our Getting Started in Organic Farming Conference is evolving into a Second Conference Day on Sunday, March 13th. We will be offering a series of six, 2.5 hour in-depth diverse workshops. Check out the topics HERE.
CT NOFA is very pleased to announce our 2016 Winter Conference Keynote will be Travis Marcotte, Executive Director of the unique and highly successful Intervale Center in Burlington, Vermont.
Travis brings skills from his diverse and international background to the Intervale Center, a nationally recognized nonprofit that strengthens community food systems in Vermont and beyond. The Intervale Center manages 350 acres of land within Burlington city limits for agriculture, recreation, and conservation. Its programs and social enterprises sustain farms, land and people, demonstrating that good food can change the world!
Prior to joining the Intervale Center in 2006, Travis worked in agriculture and community economic development in Vermont, Central America and the Caribbean. Travis graduated from the University of Vermont's Community Development and Applied Economics program. He also received a Master's degree in International Agricultural Development from the University of California, Davis.
Travis grew up on his grandparents' dairy farm in Charlotte, Vermont. He currently lives in a farmhouse in Fletcher, Vermont, where he raises chickens, vegetables and pigs with his partner Sue, their sons and new baby daughter.
This year some of Connecticut's most creative chefs are going to make lunch for you. Check out the great line up HERE.
Vendors & Exhibitors
Vendor registration is now closed. If interested in being contacted for the 2017 conference, email us.
Confirmed vendors & exhibitors
Animal Welfare Approved
Artscape Organic-Care, LLC
B4 & After Farm/Oui Charcuterie
Baystate Organic Certifiers
Bellas Alpacas Farm
Benedict’s Home & Garden
BioSafe Systems, LLC
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
Farm Credit East
FRESH Farm Aquaponics
Glynwood | Hudson Valley Farm Business Incubator
Go Organic, LLC
Green Earth Ag and Turf, LLC
Johnny’s Selected Seeds
Jordan Energy and Food Enterprises
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
Organic Mechanics Soil Company
Paul's Custom Pet Food LLC
Progressive Asset Management
Protect Our Pollinators
Raven's Edge, LLC
Rocky Corner Cohousing
Shearwater Organic Coffee Roasters
Slow Food Shoreline
SOPHIA Natural Health Center
Specialty Agricultural Products, LLC
Sweet Peet Organic Mulch
Sweet Sage Bakery
Traditional Health First
UConn Master Composter Program
Wellscroft Fence Systems, LLC
Worden Wellness Center
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!
Raffle tickets are $2 each or 6 for $10. This year you can purchase tickets with your registration and have them waiting for you at the raffle tables. And bring all those pesky address labels you receive in the mail to use on your tickets - it will save lots of writing and you'll have more time to spend with the great vendors.
2015 Conference Highlights
Conference media coverage:
Laura Modlin's A Return to Simple conference blog post
Many conference photos can be seen on our Facebook page
CT NOFA's 34th 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.
This Program is a cooperative effort of CT NOFA, UConn Extension, the Connecticut Department of Agriculture, and the Risk Management Agency/USDA.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.