David Wolfe PhD to Keynote NOFA Winter Conference at Wilton HS

CT NOFA’s 31st Annual
Winter Conference

Save the Date:

Saturday, March 2, 2013
Wilton High School
395 Danbury Road
Wilton, CT
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.

KEYNOTE

David W. Wolfe Ph.D.

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.

REGISTRATION

Click here to register online. Receive a $5 discount off each ticket when you register before 2/16/13.

LUNCH

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.  

WORKSHOPS

Confirmed workshops:

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
Natureworks
Organic Plant Magic
Sweet Sage Bakery
Viridian Energy
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!

SILENT AUCTION

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.


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