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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!

Saturday Highlights:

  • 45 workshops to choose from plus Keynote Speaker, Leah Penniman!
  • Nearly 100 farm, food and sustainable service exhibitors in Berkshire Hall (gym)
  • Lunch! Some of Connecticut's most creative and generous chefs are cooking up a storm!
    Tip: Add to online tickets for fastest service
  • The CT NOFA winter conference raffle! Raffle donors, please email: winterconference@ctnofa.org

Sunday Highlights:

  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm: Agricultural Re$ource Fair (FREE!): Sponsored by UConn and featuring agriculture-related loan and service providers. Attend the "Ag Re$ource Fair" for an in-depth look at what it really means to access agricultural funding in Connecticut.  Service providers and farmers will pair up to present you with a detailed account of what it’s like to apply for various grant and loan programs.
    • NRCS EQIP grants
    • FSA microloan paperwork
    • CT Farmland Restoration Program
    • CT Farm Viability and Transition grants
  • 12:30 - 3:30 pm: Intensive Vegetable Production - No Till, Soil Health, & Appropriate Fertilization (only $20!): A special workshop with 2016 NOFA Farmer of the Year, Bryan O'Hara! This will cover the concepts and practices that lead to the high yields of high quality vegetable crops. Emphasis on soil health; producing vegetables without tillage; and how to choose fertilizater materials. For all kinds of vegetable growers, from gardeners to farmers and everything in between. REGISTER TO SAVE YOUR SEAT!

2017 Keynote Speaker:

Leah Penniman, Food Activist & Farmer, will speak on
"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.

2017 Workshop Presenters:

Here is an preview of our workshops! As the event nears, a full program guide book will be posted too! Sign up for workshops and lunch today!

2017 Winter Conference Workshops (by topic / track)
Farming Homesteading Consumer OLC Advocacy Healthy Living Animals Farm Business
Planting for Crop Pollinators (Stoner) Vegetable Diseases (Li) Winemaking (Kriz) Agro-ecological land care (Papa) Climate Change (Eierman) Natural Medicine (Hoffman) Beekeeping (Avitabile) farmOS (Stenta)
Engagin Urban Residents in Organic Farming (Cutz) Growing and Using Medicinal and Culinary Herbs (Wright) Worm Composting (Bosch) Soil & Trees (Nadeau) Ending Racism in the Food System (Penniman) Naturopathic Medicine (Tranguch) Natural Beekeeping (Hemenway) Farm Business Planning (Bonelli)
Agroforestry for Carbon Sequestration and Climate Change (Pihl) Regenerative Practices for Small Plots (DeCandia) Community Composting (Medina) Using Biological Pest Control (Magazzi) Urban Agriculture, Sustainability, and the Law (Bronin) Building a Passive Super Energy Efficient Farm House (Maddox) Antibiotic Stewardship and Our Food Animals (Keilty) Increasing Profit and Productivity (Meehan)
OMRI-listed products for organic insect pest mgmt. (Legrand) Real Food, Real Cooking (Duesing) Vegan 101 (Lawrence)   Bees and Neonicotinoids - An Update (Wilson) Sprooting Now (Aiki Farms)   Business Basics for Organic Farmers (Laughton)
Water Management Strategies for a Changing Climate (Kolesinskas) Building a Hex Bed Demo for Urban School Gardens (Holsenbeck) A boquet for beneficials: which insects do cut flower plantings attract? (Legrand)   Bioregional Economies (Faust) Dining In The Dark: How To Ride-Out A Power Outage In Style (Simons)   Writing Reaps Profit: Productive Tips for a More Marketable Web Presence (Shea)
Soil Health (NRCS) Garden for the Common Good: Become a Seed Saver! (Siegel) Slow Food: Conservation you can taste (Edelman)         Maple Syrup (Smith)
Rotational Grazing and Soil Health (Llewellyn)              
Season Extension A--Z (Fischer)              


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Tickets / Registration:

Now Open! Join us when we return to WCSU for a weekend of fun and learning.

2017 Winter Conference
Admission for Workshops  ~ Add Lunch for Just $15



(AM is free!)

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Use these links to register today!

Additional information:

  • FARMER SCHOLARSHIPS: Thanks to our presenters and a generous church, we have full and partial scholarship for growers who need a break. Simply email Alex at email below to see if scholarship funds remain.
  • Sunday morning's AgRe$ource Fair is FREE. Please register online and check in at 8:30am. AgRe$ource Fair presentations start at 9:00 am in WCSU Student Center. This is followed by a 3 hour growing workshop with Bryan O'Hara starting at 12:30 pm for just $20!
  • LUNCH: On Saturday only, adults can enjoy our famous Lunch for $15 ($7 kids).
    Sunday lunch is available via food truck on-site or nearby restaurants.
  • On Saturday, registration begins: 8:00 am in the Gymnasium (aka Berkshire Hall). First workshop begins at 9:00 am.

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

2017 Vendors & Exhibitors

Interested in applying to vend or exhibit at the 2017 conference? To reserve your spot now online, visit:
https://ctnofa.wufoo.com/forms/2017-ct-nofa-winter-conference-vendor-registration/ Or contact Alex by email or call the office at 203-308-2584.

(bold = confirmed; otherwise, pending)

Asarasi Water
Animal Welfare Approved

Aradia Farm
Artscape Organic-Care, LLC
B4 & After Farm/Oui Charcuterie
Baystate Organic Certifiers
Bellas Alpacas Farm
Benedict’s Home & Garden
BioSafe Systems, LLC
Bitta-Blue Farm
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
Dirt Road Farm
Edible Nutmeg

Farm Credit East

FRESH Farm Aquaponics
Fungi Ally
Green Earth Ag and Turf, LLC
GreenIt with SolvIt Home Services
Gold Star Honeybees

Harney Tea
Joy Newton Designs

Natureworks Horticultural Services
New England Farmers Union
NYR ORGANIC - Soulbyrd Therapies, LLC
OM Pajamas/Madauri Charitable Trust
Organachs: Farm To Skin

Organic Mechanics Soil Company
Paul's Custom Pet Food LLC
Progressive Asset Management
Protect Our Pollinators
Rainbow Kids
Scanner Photography by Ellen Hoverkamp
Shearwater Organic Coffee Roasters
Slow Food Shoreline
SOPHIA Natural Health Center
Specialty Agricultural Products, LLC
Sperry Naturals
Sweet Sage Bakery
Swift Farms
Sunstone Farm
Taproot Threads
The Reitz Group
VisionWorks Books
Weston A. Price Foundation
Wellscroft Fence Systems, LLC
Worden Wellness Center
Wiggle Room


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.



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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