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CT NOFA's 36th 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.

OrganiConn:
The Largest Gathering of Organic Farming, Organic Food,
Organic Gardening & Organic Families in Connecticut!


Saturday, March 10, 2018
Vendors Open at 8 AM & Workshops at 9 AM

Hosted At Western Connecticut State University
WCSU Midtown Campus, 181 White Street, Danbury, CT

The premier event for organic fans, farmers, gardeners, foodies, and families. Join CT NOFA for its 36th annual winter conference—the largest gathering of organic farming and food enthusiasts in Connecticut. Enjoy a wide array of workshops, great gift and farm goods shopping, a delicious lunch, and our keynote speaker Dave Chapman, a farmer and activist who is a leader in the fight to protect the integrity of organic food and ways.

  • Enjoy over 40 organic farm, garden, food, and organic advocacy workshops to choose from during four sessions plus the Keynote Speaker & Special Guests
  • Lunch! Prepared for you by some of Connecticut's most creative and generous chefs. They are cooking up a storm and are sure to please. Come and enjoy! Tip: add lunch to your online registration for fastest service!
  • Shop in Berkshire Hall from over 60 vendors and exhibitors showing farm products, great gifts, clothes, eco-friendly products & sustainable services!
  • Enter to win the famous 'TEA CUP' raffle featuring gifts and goodies and amazing items donated by generous companies, farmres, and creative folks from all over!
  • TIP: Add raffle tickets to your registration online to get extra tickets for free!
    You Want To Give To The Raffle? Great! Email: winterconference@ctnofa.org and let us know.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dave Chapman
The Fight For Organic Integrity & What Savvy Organic Eaters Need To Know:
How the USDA Organic label has strayed from its origins, what that means to us, and how to identify foods grown with the original organic values

ABOUT DAVE CHAPMAN: Dave Chapman grew up on a dairy farm in Lancaster, PA and has farmed organically for the last 37 years with his wife Claudia on Long Wind Farm in East Thetford, VT. The farm has evolved from an oxen-powered field vegetable farm into a greenhouse vegetable operation specializing in (delicious) tomatoes. Their 2.5 acres of glass greenhouses shelter wonderfully rich soil on the banks of the Connecticut River. Dave was a founding member of the Vermont Organic Farmers and in 2017, he was given the ‘Farmer of the Year’ award at the NOFA Summer Conference for their farming achievements and his recent work fighting to “keep the soil” in organic, as defined by the National Organic Program. His advocacy work began four years ago when he was shocked to learn that many of the vegetables and berries being sold as organic were actually hydroponic products that are grown without any soil, at all. This led to his participation in the USDA Hydroponic Task Force, and to a checkered career as an opponent of the corporate takeover of the NOP. 

ON THE ORGANIC LABEL, BY DAVE CHAPMAN: In the last ten years, we have seen explosive growth in demand for organic food. Certified organic sales reached $50 billion in 2017. The very success of the National Organic Program has perhaps spelled its doom. We will try to understand what has happened to the National Organic Program (NOP), which has been the subject of a series of articles from the Washington Post exposing the failures of the USDA to protect organic integrity. As the NOP has redefined organic to suit the demands of corporate agriculture, the organic movement has woken up and begun a protest movement that continues to this day. The question is whether the National Organic Program and the organic movement are coming to a parting of the ways? As healthy soil becomes ever more significant in our ability to heal a broken water cycle and a warming planet, the need for leadership from the organic movement becomes critical. We will look at the fraud, the protests, how to identify truly organic growers, and try to understand what to do next to protect organic.

WORKSHOPS WILL BE POSTED BY JANUARY 31, 2018

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE 'Early Bird' TICKETS
Limited Time! ~ Get Early Bird Tickets Now & Save $10/person

TICKETS

EARLY BIRDS SAVE BIG! Register by Jan. 31 to save $10 off admission price below!

2018 OrganiConn Tickets & Lunch:
Add Our Amazing Lunch For just $15/per person & only $7 for youth under 18

Member or
Non-Member Type

Conference Admission
with Lunch

Conference Admission

Members: Farmers/Seniors/Students

$45

$30

Members: Adults

$65

$50

Non-Member: Adults & Others

$75

$60

All Youth: Free (if 18 years old or under and pre-registered)

Pre-registered with Lunch: $7
At Door: $10 with Lunch

Pre-registered: FREE
At Door: $10 with lunch

NOTE: ALL TICKETS $5 MORE AT THE DOOR.
PLEASE PREREGISTER FOR THIS EVENT.
LUNCH AT DOOR SAME PRICE, EXCEPT FOR YOUTH.

JOIN CT NOFA NOW TO SAVE: www.ctnofa.org/join
Pre-Registered Groups of 10+ People? Get 20% Off Total!!!
School Groups Welcome ~ Youth Free If Preregistered

REGISTER HERE 'Early Bird' TICKETS NOW
(Register by Jan. 31 to save $10 off admission prices above)

LUNCH: Enjoy our famous Winter Conference Lunch, generously prepared by local restaurant sponsors for only $15 ($7 kids). The menu is carefully designed to include most dietary needs or preferences (ie. omnivores, vegan, glutin-free, dairy)

TIMING: Registration begins: 8:00 am in the Gymnasium (aka Berkshire Hall).
First workshop begins at 9:00 am. Last workshop ends at 5 pm.

FARMER SCHOLARSHIPS: Thanks to some of the presenters and others, we may full or partial scholarships for local growers who need a break. Email winterconference to see if scholarship funds remain.

Pass The Word! Tell A Friend! Post A Poster
Hang A Poster In A Local Store (click for PDF poster)
Invite Friends With The Facebook Event Page (www.facebook.com/ctnofa)

Questions? winterconference@ctnofa.org | Call: 203-308-2584

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SPONSORSHIP INFO:
Click Here To Be a Sponsor &/or Advertise in the Program Guide

Be a WORKSHOP PRESENTER: Apply Now!

LUNCH SPONSORS!

CT NOFA is grateful for our generous lunch sponsors who come together to support our event by providing a fine meal created with local and organic ingredients. The 2018 meal will be created so it is suitable for all ages and most dietary needs.

To get involved as a lunch or beverage sponsor,
please contact the office or email: winterconference@ctnofa.org


VENDORS & EXHIBITORS:

CLICK HERE TO BE A 2018 ORGANICONN EXHIBITOR OR VENDOR!

2017 VENDORS INCLUDED:

Asarasi Water
Aradia Farm
Artscape Organic-Care, LLC
B4 & After Farm/Oui Charcuterie
Barlow Farm
Baystate Organic Certifiers

Bellas Alpacas Farm
Benedict’s Home & Garden
Bionutrient Food Association
Citizens' Climate Lobby (Manchester, CT chapter)

Connecticut Department of Agriculture
Connecticut Farm Bureau Association
Connecticut Farm Energy Program
Connecticut Farmland Trust
Country Organics, Inc.
Dirt Road Farm
Edible Nutmeg

Farm Credit East

Farm Marketing Solutions, LLC
Fungi Ally

Gemszen
Green Earth Ag and Turf, LLC
Go Organic LLC
Guy's Eco-Garden
Green Earth Ag & Turf
GreenIt with SolvIt Home Services
Gold Star Honeybees

Harney Tea
HicksterTees
Home Professor
Joy Newton Designs

Kingdom Aquaponics
Lancaster Ag Products
Natureworks Horticultural Services

Natural Awakenings - Western CT
New Connecticut Farmer Alliance

New Morning Market
NYR Organic / Soulbyrd Therapies, LLC
OM Pajamas/ Madauri Charitable Trust
Organachs: Farm To Skin

Organic Mechanics Soil Company
Progressive Asset Management
Protect Our Pollinators
Put Local On Your Tray
Rainbow Kids

Roots and Shoots
Scanner Photography by Ellen Hoverkamp

Seeds and Roots Retreat Center
Slowfood Metro North
SOPHIA Natural Health Center
Sowing Solutions Permaculture Design & Education
Specialty Agricultural Products, LLC
Sperry Naturals
Sweet Sage Bakery
Sunstone Farm
Taproot Threads
The Branch Manager
The Wells Natural Market
Traditional Health First
The Reitz Group
USDA-NRCS
UConn Extension - farmer
UConn Extension - home garden
Viridian

VisionWorks Books

Weston A. Price Foundation
Wellscroft Fence Systems, LLC
WhatsGood
Wiggle Room

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

Take the Train & Walk To Campus: TRAIN STATION INFO

(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.