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 event of inclement weather and the university closes, the snow date is March 8, 2015.
We are proud to announce our 2015 Keynote!
Dr. Kristine Nichols
Rodale Institute Chief Scientist
"Regenerative Agriculture for Soil & Climate Health"
SPONSORSHIP & ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITES
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.
VENDORS & EXHIBITORS
Interested in being an exhibitor? Details HERE.
Baystate Organic Certifiers
Benedict’s Home & Garden
Bitta-Blue Body from Bitta-Blue Farm
Citizens Climate Lobby Manchester Group
Connecticut Farm Bureau
ConnFACT - Connecticut Families Against Chemical Trespass
CT Farm Fresh Express
Cricket Hill Garden
Farm Credit East
Green Earth Ag and Turf
Johnny’s Selected Seeds
Progressive Asset Management Group
Rocky Corner Cohousing
Specialty Agricultural Products
Sweet Sage Bakery
University of Connecticut
Viridian Green Energy
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!
Here's a peek at some of the workshops ~ for a complete list of confirmed workshops, clickHERE
Meristem: Learning how to love the land, a house, and each other - Mike Nadeau, Wholistic Land Care Consulting
Foraging & Raising Mushrooms - Alec Gifford
Film: "GMO OMG! Is this the end of real food?" - Carol Peringer and Christine O’Day, ConnFACT - Connecticut Families Against Chemical Trespass
You'll have the option to pay with a credit card or mail in a form with a check.
EARLY REGISTRATION ~ Ends February 7, 2015 TOTAL
non member $55 plus $15 lunch $70
member $45 plus $15 lunch $60
student/farm intern/apprentice $30 plus $15 lunch $45
Kids 12 and under-free plus $8 lunch $8
volunteer -$10 off
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS/WORKSHOPS
8:30 to 9:30 ~ Registration
9:30 to 10:45 ~ Workshop I
11:00 to 12:30 ~ Keynote
12:30 to 2:15 ~ Lunch
2:15 to 3:30 ~ Workshop II
3:45 to 5:00 ~ Workshop III
Workshops descriptions will be posted as they are confirmed, with final listings available February 1, 2015. 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.
There will be some outdoor walking between buildings, so please plan to dress for the weather.
AOLCP Credit: CT NOFA's Organic Land Care Program educates and accredits Organic Land Care Professionals. Certain 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.
Once again, some of Connecticut's most creative chefs are going to make lunch for you. More to come!
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.