Winter Conference 2016

Welcome! Please join us—and 1,200 of your fellow organic food enthusiasts —for three days of learning, inspiration, good food, great conversation, and community building.

You may register at the conference - just go to the walk-in registration table on the 1st floor of the Davis Center. Registration begins at 8:00 am on Saturday and at 8:30 am on Sunday. (Pre-registration ended on February 4th.) Call (802) 434-4122 or email if you have any questions.

Our conference theme, “Our Soil, Our Health” was developed in recognition of how the quality of our soil affects the quality of our food and its fundamental ability to nourish us.  On the heels of the United Nation’s 2015 International Year of Soils, we want to elevate the discussion of the linkage between soil health, plant health, and human health. This theme will be addressed throughout the conference—in our keynote addresses, workshops, roundtables, a featured film Symphony of the Soil, and (of course) in a song or two.

In addition, the conference will have 87 workshops for commercial organic producers, localvores, homesteaders, and gardeners. There are three featured workshop tracks: a community and school garden series, in collaboration with the Vermont Community Garden Network; a Food Systems Solutions track, in partnership with UVM’s Food Systems Initiative; and a Direct Marketing track we are organizing, with leadership from organic farmers who direct market their farm products.  There will be a seed swap hosted by High Mowing Organic Seeds, an exhibitors’ fair, Saturday evening social events, and an ice-cream social, hosted by Strafford Organic Creamery, to wrap up the weekend!

We look forward to seeing you at the Winter Conference!

Enid Wonnacott & Rachel Fussell

Enid Wonnacott, Executive Director
Rachel Fussell, Winter Conference Coordinator

NOFA Vermont's 34th Annual Winter Conference