CT NOFA’s 31st Annual
Save the Date:
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Wilton High School
395 Danbury Road
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
The 2013 Winter Conference brings into focus the challenges of adjusting to climate change for farmers, gardeners and consumers. Join us to discuss the future of sustainable farming and celebrate local food.
In between workshops, attendees can visit with over 50 vendors and exhibitors with local foods, crafts, books, and sustainability initiatives. There will be a silent auction with garden supplies and other Connecticut grown and crafted items and services. Families are invited to participate in children’s activities and workshops scheduled throughout the day.
Our keynote David W. Wolfe Ph.D., the Faculty Fellow and Chair of the Climate Change Focus Group, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future and Professor of Plant and Soil Ecology, Department of Horticulture at Cornell University.
Dr. Wolfe’s topic will be Farm and Landscape Management for a Changing Climate.
Click HERE to listen to a recent interview with Dr. Wolfe on climate change, agriculture and policy issues.
Click here to register online. Receive a $5 discount off each ticket when you register before 2/16/13.
For an additional $15 will enjoy a lunch provided by seven of Fairfield County’s favorite restaurants including: Schoolhouse at Cannondale in Wilton; The Elm Restaurant in New Canaan; Barcelona in South Norwalk; Terrain Garden Café, Dressing Room and LeFarm in Westport; and Sugar & Olives and Wave Hill Bread in Norwalk.
Farm and Landscape Management for a Changing Climate – Dr. David Wolfe, Cornell University
Growing Nut Trees– Sandra Anagnostakis, Connnecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
Birds Do It, Bees Do It – Pollination, That Is – Dr. Kimberly Stoner, Connnecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
Organic Worm composting/Vermiculture/Bokashi – Nick Mancini, The Organic Gardening Workshop
Partnering With the Next Generation – Robert Maddox & Loren Pola, Sun One Organic Farm
Probiotics for Plants and Turf: Using Soil Biology to Grow Better Plants, Trees and Turf – Joe Magazzi, Green Earth Agriculture
Self Sutainable Living– Wyatt Whiteman, 1760 Farm House, LLC
Growing Great Garlic – Max & Kerry Taylor, Provider Farm
Farming your Inner Bugs with Food – Jennifer Boyd, Boyd Wellness
Aquaponics-The Sustainable Garden – Tyler Cote, Cote’s Naturals
Raised Bed Vegetable Gardens – John Carlson, Homefront Farmers
Pruning and Grafting Fruit Trees – Nick Mancini, The Organic Gardening Workshop
Foraging for Mushrooms and Amateur Conservation– Zaac Chaves & Stephanie Scavelli, Connecticut-Westchester Mycological Association
Maple Sugaring: Increasing Productivity and Revenue through Community Involvement – Kevin Meehan, Ambler Farm
Eat the Weeds – Wild Edible Plants as Part of a Sustainable Farm Model – Leda Merideth, Brooklyn, NY
School Food – Best Practices– Amy Kalafa, angrymoms.org
Winter Growing: Have a Winter Salad – David Zemelsky, Star Light Gardens, Durham, CT
Small Scale Grain Production – Rodger Phillips, Hartford Food System
Organizing for our Collective Success: Beginning Farmer Resources and Coalition Building – Sophie Ackoff, National Young Farmers’ Coalition
Simple Steps to Organic Lawn Care – Chip Osborne, Osborne Organics
Beginning a Garden – Jim Hunter, Wilton High School
Starting School Gardens – Jim Hunter, Wilton High School
Beekeeping Basics – Marina Marchese, Red Bee Apiary
Troublesome New Pests and Diseases in Your Garden – Robert Durgy, CT Agricultural Experiment Station
Connecticut’s Trees: Three 100 year storms in 2 years! What’s a forester to do? – Chris Donnelly, CT DEEP Division of Forestry
GMO Free – Purchasing and Preparing Food for Good Health – Beth Beisel, Elizabeth Beisel, Consulting Nutritionist
More to come!
VENDORS & EXHIBITORS
Interested in being a vendor or promoting your organization at our event? Last year’s conference attracted over 600 passionate organic-minded individuals and we had more than 60 vendors and exhibitors in attendance, and we expect the same (or better!) turnout this year. Online form HERE.
Confirmed vendors & exhibitors
Connecticut Farmland Trust
Fun Organic Shirts
Go Organic, LLC
Lancaster Ag Products
National Young Farmers’ Coalition
Organic Plant Magic
Sweet Sage Bakery
Wellscroft Fence Systems, LLC
Wilton Go Green, Inc.
FAMILY PLAY AREA
Music, storytime, children’s workshop, hanging out. We provide pillows, books, and comfy places for kids to just shlump down and read!
Details to come.
Check back for more on registration, workshops and much more!
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.