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John J. Kriz and Angela Jameson

Eclectic Naturopathic Medical Center

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This Program is a cooperative effort of CT NOFA, the University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension System, the Connecticut Department of Agriculture, and the Risk Management Agency/USDA.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Thanks also to Millstone Farm for hosting our keynote!

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33rd Annual Winter Conference

A great resource for anyone interested in gardening, farming,
or learning about clean food

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Saturday, March 7, 2015
(snow date Mar. 8)
Western CT State University
Midtown Campus
181 White Street, Danbury
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

 

CT NOFA's Winter Conference is Connecticut's largest food, agriculture and sustainability conference and will be back for a second year at Western Connecticut State University's Midtown Campus in Danbury - a terrific venue.  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, farmers and exhibitors featuring local foods, crafts, books, and sustainability initiatives.  Our legendary raffle will return with prizes that include garden supplies, Connecticut grown and crafted goods, exciting services and more.

In the interest of sustainability – Please remember:  bring your personal water bottle to the conference.  Western CT State University has filling stations!

In the event of inclement weather and the university closes, the snow date is March 8, 2015.

REGISTRATION

Pre-registration ends at midnight on March 1, 2015.

You'll have the option to pay with a credit card or mail in a form with a check.

TYPE TOTAL
Non member $60 plus $15 lunch $75
Member $50 plus $15 lunch $65
Student/farm intern/apprentice $35 plus $15 lunch $50
Kids 12 and under-free plus $8 lunch $8
Volunteer -$10 off

You can still join us for Winter Conference by registering in person on Saturday, March 7th. Registration at the door will be $35 for students and farm interns/apprentices, and $60 for all others.

register here

Scholarships Available for New & Beginning Farmers

Beginning farmers with less than 10 years experience are eligible to receive a scholarship covering registration costs!  Applications will be reviewed and accepted as they are received (first come first serve!) up until Feb.27th. Does not include lunch.

 APPLY TODAY! Click HERE

Keynote

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Dr. Kristine Nichols

Rodale Institute Chief Scientist

"Regenerative Agriculture for Soil & Climate Health"

 

 

SPONSORSHIP & ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES

We invite you to support Connecticut's largest sustainable food conference. Extensive outreach statewide and beyond prior to the event exposes your company to your target market on print materials, both traditional and social media, and provides you with an audience of 900 people on Conference day.

Details on sponsorship and advertising HERE.

The sponsor and advertising commitment form can be found HERE.

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

8:30 to 9:30 ~ Registration
9:30 to 10:45 ~ Workshop I
11:00 to 12:30 ~ Keynote
12:45 to 1:15 ~ Annual Meeting of the Members
12:45 to 2:15 ~ Lunch
2:15 to 3:30 ~ Workshop II
3:45 to 5:00 ~ Workshop III

 

There will be some outdoor walking between buildings, so please plan to dress for the weather.

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WORKSHOPS

For a complete list of workshops, click HERE for the schedule.

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, times and room numbers.

AOLCP Credit: CT NOFA's Organic Land Care Program educates and accredits Organic Land Care Professionals. Many 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.

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Once again, some of Connecticut's most creative chefs are going to make lunch for you. Details HERE.

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ANNUAL MEETING

The Board of Directors of CT NOFA, Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut, Incorporated invites you to an Annual Meeting of the Members

12:45 - 1:15 PM
Student Center, Faculty Dining Hall, Room 001

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VENDORS & EXHIBITORS

Interested in being an exhibitor? Details HERE.

Confirmed vendors
1760 Farm House, LLC
Arbonne Independent Consultant
Artscape Organic-Care
Astrum Solar
Baystate Organic Certifiers
Bella Alpacas
Benedict’s Home & Garden
Bethany Homecrafts
Bitta-Blue Body from Bitta-Blue Farm
Carol Monnerat LLC Artisan Truffles
Citizens Climate Lobby Manchester Group
Connecticut Farm Bureau
Connecticut Farmland Trust
Connecticut Gardener Magazine
ConnFACT - Connecticut Families Against Chemical Trespass
Country Organics, Inc.
CT Farm Fresh Express
Cricket Hill Garden
Farm2Jars
FarmToYou.com
Farm Credit East
Go Organic, LLC
Green Earth Ag and Turf
Jeff Roby Insurance
Johnny’s Selected Seeds
JuicePlus+
Local Food Marketplace
Natureworks
Next Step Living Inc.
Northeast Clean Power/3Degrees
Orion Magazine
Paul's Custom Pet Food
Progressive Asset Management Group
PurePoint Energy
Rainbow Kids
Rocky Corner Cohousing
Sea Green Organics
Specialty Agricultural Products
Sperry Naturals
Sue Muldoon Images LLC
Sweet Sage Bakery
Swift Farms
Taproot Threads
The Harvest Helper
Three Bluebirds
Thrivent Financial
Traditional Health First
University of Connecticut
USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service
Viridian Green Energy
Visionworks
WCSU-Roots to Shoots
Working Lands Alliance

RAFFLE

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!

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New Farmer Hub aka Schmooze Center

We have dedicated a room off the main vendor area for new and beginning farmers to utilize throughout the day and connect with their peers. Farmers can bring a bag lunch from home and eat together or stop in between workshops to mingle. Experienced farmers are also encouraged to stop in as well.

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CT NOFA's 33rd 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.