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.
Honoring Enid: Photo Exhibit & Story Share
Saturday & Sunday • Celebrate NOFA-VT’s very own Enid Wonnacott! Enjoy photos from throughout Enid’s career as NOFA-VT’s incredible Executive Director of 31 years, and share your stories about the ways Enid’s leadership influenced you.
Lunchtime Roundtable Discussions
Saturday 1:00-2:00 pm & Sunday 1:30-2:30 pm • Join NOFA-VT staff, presenters and fellow farmers and gardeners for an open-forum discussion on a topic important to you.
- Organizing for a Just Food Farm: Building Benefits for Farmers & Farm Workers
- Vermont Cover Crops: Perspectives From UVM Extension and Growers
- Using Film for Storytelling: The Mad River Taste Video Series
- Vermont Congressional Meet & Greet: Share Your Farming Story
- Vermont Organic Farmers (VOF) Meet & Greet: Understanding Organic Certification
- Unpacking the 2018 Farm Bill: What it Means for Food & Farming in Vermont
Saturday 12:00-2:00 pm & Sunday 12:30-2:30 pm • Meet the authors and get your book signed!
- Leah Penniman - Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land
- Philip Ackerman-Leist - A Precautionary Tale: The Story of How One Small Town Banned Pesticides, Preserved its Food Heritage, and Inspired a Movement
- Peter Burke - Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening
- Andrea Chesman - The Fat Kitchen: How to Render, Cure & Cook with Lard, Tallow & Poultry Fats
- Rhonda Sherman - The Worm Farmer’s Handbook: Mid-to-Large Scale Vermicomposting for Farms, Business, Municipalities, Schools and Institutions
- Richard Wiswall - The Organic Farmer’s Business Handbook: A Complete Guide to Managing Finances, Crops, and Staff- and Making a Profit
Lunchtime Film: Baltimore’s Strange Fruit
Sunday 1:00-2:30 pm • Terrill Hall, 1st Floor Baltimore’s Strange Fruit: A Story of Food Apartheid & the Struggle for Sovereignty is a documentary film produced by Black Yield Institute, directed by Eric Jackson and Maddie Hardy. This film explores the intersections of food, land, race and class politics through personal narrative and social commentary.
Oven Roasted Roots
Saturday 12:00–2:00 pm & Sunday 12:30–2:30 pm Enjoy some tasty roasted roots cooked in NOFA-VT's mobile, wood-fired oven! The oven is located outside the Davis Center’s first floor exit on your way to and from workshops.
Snacks & Refreshments
Saturday & Sunday • Free to conference attendees • Thanks to generous contributions from local producers, our hospitality table is stocked with yummy snacks, cider, and tea. Kombucha and coffee are available by donation from Aqua ViTea and Vermont Coffee Company.
Organic Seed Swap & Info Session
Saturday, 12:30-1:30 pm • The Seed Swap is the perfect place to expand the biodiversity of your farm or garden. Bring your clearly labeled seeds to share! An expert from High Mowing Organic Seeds will conduct a short educational session on seed saving and anyone who is saving and sharing seeds is welcome to share about their process. We will provide packets to take home your new seeds.
Community Art with Bonnie Acker
Saturday & Sunday • Join local artist Bonnie Acker to work on a community art project and card making! The community art project is a great opportunity to meet other conference attendees, take advantage of the creative outlet, and contribute to a collective work. All ages and artistic abilities are welcome!
Social Action Zone
Saturday 12:00–2:00 pm & Sunday 12:30–2:30 pm • Learn about and get involved in the important work being done by several of Vermont’s advocacy organizations.
Meet Vermont's Congressional Delegation
Saturday 12:00–2:00 pm • Members of Vermont's Congressional Delegation have been invited to join us for lunch on Saturday to make brief remarks. Delegates and their staffers have been invited to stay for a meet-and-greet with time for conference attendees to share their stories and discuss their perspectives on food and farm policy in Vermont during a lunchtime roundtable.
Throughout the weekend, we will feature wonderful local musicians as entertainment. Ryegrass is a 5-piece bluegrass band that got its start playing at the Burlington Farmers Market in 2016. The band combines original songwriting with high bluegrass harmonies and instrumentals on guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo and upright bass. Ryegrass also plays traditional old time and bluegrass music and songs about farming and rural life. Listen, sing along or dance with other conference participants!
Reiki & Meditation Class
Saturday 12:15–1:15 pm, Sunday 8:30–10:00 am & 12:45–1:45 pm • Join practitioners from the Vermont Reiki Association for an opportunity to rest, relax and rejuvenate during your conference day. Reiki can be performed generally for health promotion and stress relief, or for a direct ailment. Drop in for 15 minute sessions. All are welcome!
Sunday 8:30–10:00 am • Spend some time taking care of you! Don’t miss out on a host of wellness offerings: herbal consultations with herbalists from Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism including a traveling apothecary, reiki and meditation, as well as yoga and massage.
Sunday Breakfast Treats
Sunday 8:30–10:00 am • Don’t sleep in on Sunday! Join us at Davis Center to pick up a delicious baked goods made by local baker Miss Weinerz to enjoy as you head into your first workshop session.
Sunday Ice Cream Social
Sunday 5:30 pm, Free to conference attendees • The Sunday Ice Cream Social is a beloved conference tradition thanks to the generosity of Strafford Organic Creamery. Join us for dessert, community, and time to unwind after the conference!