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logo34th Annual Winter Conference

Western CT State University
Midtown Campus
181 White Street, Danbury

Saturday, March 12, 2016 ~ 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
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Sunday, March 13, 2016 ~ 9:00 am to 3:30 pm

New this year!

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.

Scion & Seed Swap - details here

Keynote

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 marcotteTravis 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.

Sponsor & Advertising Opportunities

Interested in featuring your business before a wide audience? Our sponsor packages include a variety of options and can be viewed HERE. To sign up today, click HERE.

Workshops

Saturday workshops confirmed to date can be viewed HERE.

Sunday workshops can be viewed HERE.

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.

Sunday will be series of six, 2.5 hour in-depth diverse workshops.

Registration

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

Satuday 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.

EARLY REGISTRATION ~ Ends February 14, 2016
  Saturday only Sunday only Saturday & Sunday
Non member
$55
$50
$105
Member
$45
$35
$80
Student/farm intern/apprentice
$30
$35
$65
Kids 12 and under-free    
Volunteer -$10 off
   
Registration Fees after February 14th  
  Saturday only Sunday only Saturday & Sunday
Non member
$60
$50
$110
Member
$50
$35
$85
Student/farm intern/apprentice
$35
$35
$70
Kids 12 and under-free    
Volunteer -$10 off

Limited number of scholarships are available for beginning farmers for Saturday, March 12th. The application can be found here>

Online registration ends March 6, 2016

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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

Interested in becoming a vendor or exhibitor? Last year’s conference attracted over 800 passionate organic-minded individuals, and we expect greater numbers this year. Click HERE for details and a registration form.

Confirmed vendors & exhibitors

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
CT Farm Energy Program
Cricket Hill Garden
Direct Energy Solar
Eastern Insurance Associates
Edible Nutmeg
Farm Credit East
FRESH Farm Aquaponics
Glynwood | Hudson Valley Farm Business Incubator
Green Earth Ag and Turf, LLC
HicksterTees
Jordan Energy and Food Enterprises
Juice Plus
Lyric Hill Farm
Nationwide Insurance/Jim Eagan Agency
Natural Family Health, LLC
Natureworks Horticultural Services
New CT Farmer Alliance
Nutmeg Naturals, LLC
OM Pajamas
One World Roasters
Organic Mechanics Soil Company
Paul's Custom Pet Food LLC
Progressive Asset Management
Protect Our Pollinators
Rainbow Kids
Raven's Edge, LLC
SOPHIA Natural Health Center
Specialty Agricultural Products, LLC
Sperry Naturals
Sustainability Masters
Sweet Sage Bakery
Taproot Threads
Traditional Health First
Twin Star
Sperry Naturals
UConn Master Composter Program
VisionWorks Books
Wellscroft Fence Systems, LLC
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!

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 recieve 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

Snow Date March 13, 2016

 

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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.