Weekend Activities

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In addition to workshops, keynotes, and roundtable discussions, there is so much planned for the conference! Unless otherwise noted, all activites take place in Davis Center. See also: Meals & Food

exhibitors’ fair

Saturday 8am-7pm & Sunday 8am-3pm  • Davis Center • 2nd Floor

With books, tools, and crafts for sale, along with information and materials from agricultural businesses and conference sponsors, the Exhibitors’ Fair is the place to be when not in a workshop. Click here for a full list of exhibitors, and be sure to join us for the Saturday Social, 5-7pm!

RAFFLE

We are excited to raffle original artwork made by community artist Bonnie Acker! Buy your tickets when you register, at the NOFA-VT table, or during lunch: $5/ticket or $20 for 5 tickets. More details »

WEEKEND MUSIC

Throughout the weekend, we will feature some of Vermont’s finest local musicians to entertain us.  Caleb Elder and Pappy Biondo will play from 12-2pm on Saturday and during our Saturday evening social. The Porter Brook Duo will play from 12-2pm on Sunday. Come and listen, sing along or dance with other conference participants!

COMMUNITY ART PROJECT with Bonnie Acker

Erin & Bonnie Saturday 12-7pm & Sunday, 12-5pm • Davis Center, 1st Floor Atrium

Join local artist Bonnie Acker to create carrots and cows, farmers and fields for a large, brilliantly-colored community art project! All ages will be celebrated, and you don’t have to consider yourself an artist! There will be a place for everyone to share scissors, paper, and dreams of a Vermont – and a world – where wonderful food is enjoyed by all.

BOOK SIGNINGS 

Saturday & Sunday • 2nd Floor Exhibitor Area and following workshops (look for the book symbol in the program, under "Workshop Descriptions")

Join several authors for book signings of their latest books throughout the conference. All authors are presenting workshops during the conference and their books will be available for purchase.

  • Peter Burke, Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening  •  Sat, 12-2pm, Exhibitor Area & following workshop
  • Andrea Chesman, Pickled Pantry  •  Sat & Sun, 12-2pm, Exhibitor Table, & following workshop
  • Eugenie Doyle, Sleep Tight Farm •  Sat, 12-2pm, Exhibitor Area
  • Grace Gershuny, Organic Revolutionary: A Memoir of the Movement for Real Food, Planetary Healing & Human Liberation • Sun, 12-2pm, Exhibitor Area
  • Simon Huntley, Cultivating Customers: A Farmer’s Guide to Online Marketing • Sat, 12-2pm, Exhibitor Area & following workshop
  • Michael Phillips, Mycorrhizal Planet: How Fungi and Plants Work Together to Create Dynamic Soils • Sun, 12-2pm, Exhibitor Area & following workshop

SATURDAY SOCIAL

Saturday 5-7pm • Davis Center • 2nd Floor

Peruse the Exhibitors’ Fair while enjoying appetizers, and a great selection of wine and beer. Chat with old and new friends at this popular conference social! Hors d’oeuvres are generously provided by Sugarsnap Catering. Cash bar.

7TH ANNUAL SEED SWAP & INFO SESSION 

Saturday 5:15-7pm • Davis Center • 2nd Floor

Hosted by our friends at High Mowing Organic Seeds, the Seed Swap is the perfect place to expand the biodiversity of your farm or garden. Please bring your clearly labeled seeds to share or come to learn about the seed varieties High Mowing Organic Seeds has to offer. An expert from High Mowing will be on hand for a short educational session on seed saving and organic seeds, and will provide packets to take home your new seeds.

Conference evening MEET-UP

Saturday 7-10pm  •  Juniper at Hotel Vermont, 41 Cherry St., Burlington

Looking to continue your conversations after workshops have concluded? Head downtown to Hotel Vermont for drinks and light snacks hosted by Slow Food VT & The Vermont Young Farmers Coalition. This social event seeks to create community and celebrate food enthusiasts, homesteaders, and farmers. Open to everyone, and there will be plenty of time to mingle after the conference and into the night!

SUNDAY ICE CREAM SOCIAL

Sunday 5-6:15pm • Davis Center • 1st Floor • Free to conference attendees

Thanks to the generosity of Strafford Organic Creamery, the Sunday Ice Cream Social is one of our best-loved conference traditions. Join us for fun, laughter, and dessert!

GREEN MOUNTAIN COLLEGE FOOD SYSTEM POSTER SESSION

Saturday & Sunday • Burack Lounge, 1st Floor

Students of Green Mountain College and the Lexicon of Sustainability created a traveling pop-up show of Information Artworks featuring people and organizations in the North Country, including farmers, food entrepreneurs, agricultural advocacy groups, and more.

SOCIAL ACTION ZONE

Saturday & Sunday 12:00–2:00 pm • Davis Center, 3rd Floor Landing

Come learn about and get involved in the important work being done by some of Vermont’s advocacy organizations. Campaigns participating in this year’s social action zone include Vermont Farm to School, Toxics Action Center, Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG), and more!

HATHA YOGA CLASS

Saturday 12:15pm-1:15pm
Sunday- 8:15am-9:15am & 12:15pm-1:15pm

Davis Center, 1st Floor, Living Well Room Come enjoy an hour of gentle movement, breath work, rest, and rejuvenation during your conference day. Mats and props provided. All levels are welcome! Farmer Maggie Donin completed her yoga teacher training with the Shivshakti School of Yoga and Healing Arts in Vermont.

FILMS

FILM SCREENING: SunÚ

Saturday, 12:30–2:00 pm • Terrill Hall, 108 Terrill Hall

Seen through the eyes of small, midsize and large Mexican maize producers, SUNÚ knits together different stories from a threatened rural world. It journeys deep into the heart of a country where people realize their determination to stay free, to work the land and cultivate their seeds, to be true to their cultures and forms of spirituality, all in a modern world that both needs them and despises them. SUNÚ reveals how maize and everything it gives life to could be lost forever, and shares a generous tapestry of simple, heartfelt messages for the farmers of the world and the city dwellers who could lose the capability to make important choices unless they act soon.

SHORT FILM SCREENINGS (Sunday)

The Local Motive

Sunday 1:00-1:45pm • Terrill Hall, Room TBA

The food we eat must come from somewhere. Our grandparents’ generation knew where their food came from but, today, food is much more readily available and commonly delivered through a vast, global industrialized system. Seasonality is less a factor in our daily diets, and does not always affect availability or affordability. While this miracle of industrialization allows for a more diversified diet and a great deal of cheap food, one cost of these innovations has been the connection between consumers and the people who produce their food.

Climate Adaptation Farming & Climate Change

Sunday 1:30-2:00pm • Terrill Hall, Room TBA

Extreme weather is the new normal for farming in the Northeast. In this film series, produced by the UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture, you can learn how three successful organic farmers in Vermont, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire are adapting their farm practices to respond to climate change.