CT NOFA’s 34th Winter Conference ft. Workshops, Local Lunch, and More

7 Mar
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There will be so much to see, taste, learn, and experience here!

CT NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut) always brings it and brings it hard when their winter conference rolls around. This year it’s taking place March 12-13 at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury with entry costing $60 on Saturday or $50 for Sunday. There will be over 60 workshops to attend from topics as varied as how to obtain organic certification, how to become a beekeeper, how to make beer or wine at home, and how to design your lawn and garden to benefit birds.

In addition, there will be vendors there so you can check out some of the best new items like the Urban Cultivator. This little guy is no bigger than a small wine fridge and makes it super easy to grow herbs and sprouts . . . even without light. And, there’s going to be an amazing lunch from some of CT’s best restaurants for just $15 extra. Just check this menu: 

Harney & Sons Teas

Organic, Fair Trade Iced Tea and Brewed Tea

Barcelona Wine Bar

La Caja China Roasted Pig from Speckled Rooster Farm

Sugar & Olives

Hippy Chic Pea Curry Bowl VG from Fort Hill Farm, Riverbank Farm, Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens, Millstone Farm

Wave Hill Breads

Three Grain French Country Batard

New Morning Market

Quinoa with Roasted Cauliflower, Black Bean and Garlic Spinach 

The Whelk & Kawa Ni

Beet and Pumpernickel Bread Salad with Horseradish and Salsa Verde  from Fort Hill Farm, Riverbank Farm

Sodexo at WCSU

Lentil Falafel with House Pickles 

Mill Street Bar &Table

Roasted Winter Root Vegetable and Grain Salad from Riverbank Farm

Plan B

Mini Burgers from Broad Brook Farm

Sodexo at WCSU

Apple Crisp with Whipped Cream V from High Hill Orchard


Here are some of the programs that are planned, too:

DIY Foods

  • Vegetable Fermenting
  • The Art of Wild Fermentation: Kombucha & Non-Alcoholic Ginger Beer
  • Home Brewing Basics


  • How to Be a Healthy Vegan
  • Healing the Body Through Dietary Therapy
  • Seeds of Nutrition – Health Sprouting

Gardening & Homesteading

  • Composting for Homesteaders and Small Farms
  • Mushrooms – Foraging & How to Raise
  • Raised Bed Vegetable Gardens
  • Eco Beneficial Gardening 101
  • Growing Saffron in Our Area
  • Introduction to Medicinal Herbs
  • Homesteading – Everything Old Is New
  • The Wonders of Willow and Beyond- from basketry to biofuel

Food Education

  • Connecticut’s Shellfish Heritage
  • I Value Food: Too Good To Waste
  • Dining In the Dark: How To Ride-Out A Power Outage In Style
  • From Farm to Market: How to Start a Food Business In Connecticut

For the full schedule, times, and more info, be sure to visit the site here.


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