CT NOFA’s 30th Annual Winter Conference

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Join us in celebrating our 30th Annual Winter  Conference with keynote international bestselling author Jeffrey M. Smith.  Mr. Smith is the leading  spokesperson on the health dangers of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). He  documents how the world’s most powerful Ag biotech companies bluff and mislead  critics, and put the health of society at risk.

  His first book, “Seeds of  Deception” became the world’s best-selling and #1 rated book on GMOs. His  second book, “Genetic Roulette” is the authoritative work that presents irrefutable  evidence that GMOs are harmful.  Jeffrey  will be speaking on the Politics of GMOs and what may be the #1 food and health  issue in the U.S. today. His nonGMO campaign has been highly successful–now at  the tipping point–where the GMO industry could begin to collapse. Please  save the date and join us at Manchester Community College for this important  event.


Early bird registration ends 2/18/12 - register now and save!
  NOFA Members $45
  Students/Seniors $30

After 2/18/12
  NOFA Members $50
  Non-Members  $60
  Students/Seniors  $35
  Volunteer for 2 hours and receive  $10 off the registration price!

NEW - Introductory membership - $15 per year. For first time members, you'll get our newsletter, Farm & Food Guide,  event notices and discounts, without the quarterly The Natural Farmer. Join now and take the member discount for the Winter Conference.

A printer-friendly pregistration form is available HERE.
  Online registration is available HERE.

Beginning Farmer scholarship information available HERE.


Workshops include:

Organic Seed vs. Monsanto: The Lawsuit Challenging Patents on Seed - Attorney Daniel Ravicher, NYC

Certified Organic Nutrient Dense Small Fruit  - Julie Rawson & Jack Kitteredge,  Many Hands Organic Farm, MA

Wild Bees and Pollination - Dr. Kim Stoner of CT Ag Experiment  Station

Root Cellars & Food Storage – Chris Chaisson, Whole Farm  Services, VT

Public Act 490 - Joan Nichols, CT Farm Bureau

Nitrogen Management on Farms – Tom Morris, UConn Plant Scientist

Science and Principles of Soil Microbiology – Joe Magazzi, Green  Earth Agriculture

Pasture Raised Laying Hens - Brianne Casadei, Exec. Director Terra Firma Farm

Better Choices in Rx, Cosmetics, Household Products – Valerie  Cookson-Botto

Raising Garlic – Farmer Wayne Hansen, Wayne's Organic Gardens

Honey Bees – Marina Marchese, Red Bee Honey

Growing Nuts in Connecticut - Dr. Sandra  Anagnostakis, CT Agricultural Exp. Station

Mushroom Growing on a Small Scale - Carol Brzozowy & Jim Peppin, Maggie's Farm

Biotech  Threats to Organic Agriculture - Ed  Stockman, Summit Farm

Animal  Welfare Approved Certification - Brigid  Sweeney, Animal  Welfare Approved

The Dynamic History of the Connecticut Forest - Jeffrey Ward,  CT Agricultural Exp. Station

Collards & Other Cold Weather Greens for Health & Flavor - Chef John Turenne, Farmer Wayne Hansen and Naturopathic Physician Leigh White

Winter Farmers’ Markets Are Hot! - Winter Caplanson, Coventry  Regional Farmers’ Market

Worm Composting Simplified - Nick Mancini, Organic Gardening Simplified

Co-ops Build a Better World: Co-operatives and Food Security - Erbin  Crowell, Neighboring  Food Co-op Association

How You Can Easily Grow Fresh Greens All Winter - David Zemelsky, Starlight Gardens

Climate  Change In Connecticut: What Can We Expect and Do - Jennifer  Pagach, CT  Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

Raising Dairy Goats and Making Cheese - Paul Trubey, Beltane Farm

Soil Management Techniques - Bryan O'Hara, Tobacco Road Farm

Food as Medicine - Dr. Leigh White, Natural Family Health, LLC

Surviving on an Acre - Wyatt Whiteman, 1760 Farm House, LLC

Transition Movement Workshops:

  • First:   Transition Success Stories - Tina Clarke & Terry Halwes
  • Second: Permaculture and Transition - Cynthia  Rabinowitz & Joan Spear
  • Third:   Transition: Lighting the Fire for Action - Coleen Spurlock

Lead in Soils – Concerns and Corrections - Dawn  Pettinelli, UConn  Soil Nutrient Analysis Laboratory

Edible  School Gardens - Dan Levinson, Green  Village Initiative (GVI)

Can I Eat This? Fermented Foods - Discussion and Preparation - Jane Maher

Brewing your Own Organic Beer - Michael Stefanowicz

Regenerative Hillside Farming & Gardening - Keith Zaltzberg

Websites as a Marketing Tool For Farms - Patty & Erick Taylor, Devon Point Farm

CSA Crop Planning- Dina Brewster, The Hickories

Small Scale Grain Production - Rodger Phillips, Grow Hartford

Producing Raw Milk for Self & For Sale - Debra Tyler & Margaret Hopkins, Local Farm

and more to come...


Interested in being a vendor or promoting your organization at our event?   Last  year’s conference attracted over 400 passionate organic-minded individuals, and we expect the same turnout this  year.   Email us for details, print and mail this form, or call 203-888-5146.

Confirmed exhibitors:

Animal Welfare Approved - Alexandria, VA
Barefoot Books -
East Granby, CT
Bethany Homecrafts
- Bristol, CT
Connecticut Herb Association -
Newington, CT
Connecticut State Grange - Glastonbury, CT 
Go Organic, LLC - Thompson, CT 
Green  Earth Agriculture
- North Branford, CT
Healthy  Cleaning Solutions
- Tolland, CT
Johnny’s Selected Seeds -
Winslow, ME
Land for Good
- Keene, NH
Lancaster Ag Products - Ronks, PA
Natureworks - Northford, CT
Old Schoolhouse Woodworks - Coventry, CT
Progressive  Asset Management - Wellesley, MA
Spring Creek School - Glastonbury, CT 
Sunlight  Solar Energy - Milford, CT
Sweet Sage Bakery - Rockfall, CT
The Falcigno Group/Nationwide Insurance - North Haven, CT 
The Graduate Institute -Bethany, CT
Three Sisters Farms - Essex, CT 
UConn Extension Center - Broad Brook, CT
USDA-Natural  Resources Conservation Service - Tolland, CT
USDA-New England Agricultural Statistics - Concord, NH
Viridian Energy - Wilbraham, MA
VisionWorks - Greenfield, MA


Music, storytime, children's workshop, hanging out. We provide pillows, books, and comfy  places for kids to just shlump down and read!

For more info, visit www.ctnofa.org



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