Enid Wonnacott, executive director of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont for the past 31 years and a deeply committed advocate for organic farming and the agricultural community at large, passed away on January 19, 2019. A tribute to Enid and her work was held at the 37th Annual NOFA Vermont Winter Conference on February 16, 2019. Hosted by Peter Forbes, the tribute features remarks by farmers Jack Lazor (Butterworks Farm), Scout Proft (Someday Farm) and Andy Jones (Intervale Community Farm) and a musical performance by Chris Dorman.
Leah Penniman is the founder of Soul Fire Farm and the author of "Farming While Black: African Disasporic Wisdom for Farming & Food Justice." We are so excited to present her as our keynote speaker on Day 1 of our 37th Annual Winter Conference. This interview was recorded and transcribed in January 2019.
For one special evening on Sunday, February 10, gather with us at The Great Northern for a grazing-style dinner (many small, passed plates and bites) to celebrate local food and benefit Jr Iron Chef VT! Six celebrated local chefs have each paired with a winning Jr Iron Chef VT team throughout the winter to cook together and share their culinary knowledge.
JANUARY'S MEMBER OF THE MONTH: Mike Bald, Got Weeds?
Earlier this month, after much debate, the Farm Bill Conference Committee came out with a compromise package that was passed by the Senate (87-13) and the House (386-47).
Congressional Record Statement about Enid Wonnacott, which was read by Senator Bernie Sanders on the Senate Floor, December 2018.
In keeping with this year's theme—Food Traditions: Celebrating our Agricultural Roots—we are delighted to announce our keynote speakers:
Do you produce seeds for your own garden, to share, or to sell? If so, we are interested in learning more about you.
Today, the Soil Health Institute released Living Soil, a new documentary featuring several farmers who have been SARE grantees.
NOFA-VT is now accepting applications for the 2019 Journey Farmer Program. This two-year program enables new farmers to advance their farming skills and experiences while being a part of a learning community of other beginning farmers and farmer mentors.
decEMBER'S MEMBERS OF THE MONTH: Danielle Allen & Ben Dana, Root 5 Farm (Fairlee, VT)
NOVEMBER'S MEMBER OF THE MONTH: CAROL COLLINS We are excited to share NOFA-VT's Member of the Month for November! In this new monthly feature, we'll choose a member to recognize each month as a way to celebrate all the wonderful people that make up the NOFA-VT community. Thank you for being a part of it!
A message from the board of directors regarding the search for NOFA-VT's next executive director.
A message from Enid Wonnacott, NOFA-VT's executive director, regarding her health, and her retirement.
As of midnight on October 1, the 2014 Farm Bill has officially expired. With the House on a six-week recess starting that same day, we now can't expect to have a new Farm Bill until at least after the midterm election in November.