Sustainability, Local, Organic: CT NOFA Winter Conference This Weekend w/ Workshops, Vendors + Local Lunch

27 Feb

CT NOFA Winter Conference 2014

CT NOFA, The Connecticut Chapter of Northeast Organic Farming Association, is “a growing community of farmers, gardeners, land care professionals, and consumers that encourages a healthy relationship to the natural world.”  They’ve been changing Connecticut one shovel, plant, farm, consumer, and restaurant at a time since 1982 and they are going stronger than ever.

From time to time, CT NOFA has events and meetings and this weekend is their 32nd Annual Winter Conference.  On March 1, from 8:30-5 pm, at the Midtown Campus (meet at Berkshire Hall) of Western CT State University, you’ll have a chance to attend workshops, listen to the keynote speech, bid on raffles, buy CT products, and have lunch from local restaurants and purveyors that put good, healthy, local and sustainable food first.  Tickets are $35 for students and farm interns/apprentices or $60 for all others and will help to fund CT NOFA’s mission of making Connecticut better.

Here’s the schedule for the day:

8:30 to 9:30 ~ Registration
9:30 to 10:45 ~ Workshop I
11:00 to 12:30 ~ Intro/announcements/Keynote
12:30 to 2:15 ~ Lunch in three waves
2:15 to 3:30~ Workshop II
3:45 to 5:00 ~ Workshop III

Some of the workshops that you can register for include Food and Agriculture’s Future Challenges and Opportunities, Staring Up and Operating a CSA, Raising Pasture Raised Pigs, Full of Beans, Kitchen as Medicine Cabinet, Growing Your Own-Raised Bed Gardening Basics, Backyard Chickens 101, Winemaking at Home, and more.  The keynote speech will be given by Fred Kirschenmann who is a Distinguished Fellow for the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University and he’s also the president of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills.  He’ll be talking about “Tomorrow’s Farmer & You.”

If you’d like to sign up for lunch, register here and pay just $15.  Here is the menu:

  • Beef Stew from Barcelona Wine Bar & Restaurant in SoNo
  • Roasted Vegetable & Grain Salad w/ Local Herbs and Greens from The Whelk and LeFarm in Westport
  • Mommy’s Meatballs w/ Grana Padano Cheese from Bar Sugo in SoNo
  • Roasted Winter Vegetable Fritter w/ Ragout of Mushrooms, Red Peppers, and Black Beans & Bulls Blood Micro Greens from Western CT State University (Sodexo) in Danbury
  • Connecticut Cassoulet from Sugar & Olives in Norwalk
  • Soup, Salad, Hummus, and Falafel Sampler from Kibberia in Danbury
  • Carrot and Roasted Cauliflower Soup from Stanziato’s in Danbury
  • Three Grain French Country Bread from Wave Hill Breads in Norwalk
  • Assorted Mini-cupcakes from The Cake Box in Ridgefield
  • Gluten-free Bakery Treats from Swoon in Ridgefield
  • Assorted mini-tarts from Green Leaf Organic Bakery in Wilton

And, here are the exhibitors that you can check out in between workshops:

CT NOFA’s 32nd Annual

Winter Conference

Saturday, March 1, 2014
Western Connecticut State University
Midtown Campus
181 White Street
Danbury, CT 06810
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Local and Organic Since 1982!



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