Children's Conference

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We are always excited to welcome the next generation of farmers, gardeners, and food lovers to the conference! 

Children's Conference We encourage parents to register their children ages 5-12 at NOFA-VT’s Children’s Conference, taking place at the same time as the adult conference on the UVM campus Saturday and Sunday, February 17 & 18.

At the Children’s Conference, participants attend workshops in felting and print-making, go outside for workshops on tracking and making shelters, and create their own snacks by baking in NOFA’s mobile oven, drying fruit, or making bicycle smoothies.  

Children also have the opportunity to work with fabulous local artist Bonnie Acker on card making and the Community Art Project. 

The cost of registration is on a sliding scale, and space is limited, so please register early. To register, use the online registration form by clicking the green "Register Now" button above.

Lunch is not included in the cost of registration. Children are welcome to join adults for lunch at the children’s price of $12. Of course, you’re also welcome to pack a bag lunch for your kids!

SCHEDULE FOR SATURDAY FEBRUARY 17, 2018
8:00- 8:45 am Drop off kids
8:45-9:00 am Group Orientation
9:05-11:45 am Workshops Session I 
10:40-11:00 am Snack
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch
1:00-1:45 pm Outside/Tunnel Play Time
2:05-4:20 pm Workshops Session II
4:25-5:00 pm Play Time
5:00 pm Parents Arrive

SATURDAY- WORKSHOPS SESSION I: 9:05-11:45AM (3 rotations)

Magic and Intuition with Herbal Medicine! 

Kenzie McDonald- Wild Faith Herb Farm, Railroad Apothecary & Bekah Gordon- Bread & Butter Farm
Gather with us to learn about intuition, gratitude, plant magic and active listening with plants through our senses and our hearts. We will taste, play and laugh with herbal traditions inside the classroom and out in nature.

Kenzie is the organic herbal farmer of Wild Faith Herb Farm, clinical herbalist at Railyard Apothecary and educator for kids and adults based in Burlington, Vermont. Bekah is an organic farmer and children's educator at Bread and Butter farm's Village School and summer camp in South Burlington, Vermont.

It's a Wooly World 

Carol Johnson Collins- Singing Spindle Spinnery​
Experience wool in all it's forms with expert spinner and weaver Carol and learn to spin your own wool with various tools and craft a creation to take home.

Carol, raised on a sheep farm, now owns and operates Singing Spindle Spinnery in S. Duxbury, VT. She has taught a wide array of wool craft classes for 35 years.

Let's Play! 

Diana Silvestri & Yard Sal'ei- EarthWalk Vermont 
Join EarthWalk Vermont for outside fun, nature education and awareness games for all ages!

EarthWalk Vermont works to inspire and empower children, families and communities to reconnect with and care for one another and the Earth through long-term nature mentoring.

SATURDAY- WORKSHOPS SESSION II: 2:05-4:30PM (3 rotations)

Valentines from the Heart 

Bonnie Acker- Acker Arts
Continuing a wonderful Children's Conference tradition, children of all ages will work with beautiful cloth and paper to create handmade Valentines for children undergoing treatment at Vermont Medical Center. We will also be creating colorful food-and-farming art to celebrate Vermont!

Bonnie is lifelong activist and artist who's lived in Burlington for over 30 years. She treasures times when bunches of people can come together, side-by-side, and create hopeful art for diverse community settings.

Winter Tree ID 

Emilie Schwartz & Lizzie Fainberg- VT Law School
Learn how to identify trees in winter through tree yoga, science and exploration. We'll end this workshop by making a tasty treat!

Emilie and Lizzie are students from Vermont Law School’s Food and Agriculture Law Society in Royalton, VT.

Eco-Terrariums! 

Eva Ryan, Sarah Benedict & Jenileigh Harris- VT Law School  
Explore different parts of the ecosystem by creating your very own terrarium.

Eva, Sarah & Jenileigh are students from Vermont Law School’s Food and Agriculture Law Society in Royalton, VT.
 

SCHEDULE FOR SUNDAY FEBRUARY 18, 2018
8:30-9:15 am Drop Off Kids
9:15-9:30 am Group Orientation
9:35am-12:00 pm Workshops Session I 
10:10-10:30 am Snack
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch
1:00-2:00 pm Outside/Tunnel Play Time
2:05-4:25 pm Workshops Session II 
4:25-5:00 pm Play Time
5:00 pm Parents Arrive

 

SUNDAY- WORKSHOPS SESSION I: 9:35am-12:00pm (3 rotations)

Meeting Mushrooms; discovering fungal teachers & friends 

Jess Rubin- Mycoevolve, Elliot Cluba- Herbs & Arrows​
Join us to meet various mushroom beings to learn a bit about how and where they grow, live, and share their gifts with the earth community. We will encounter these fungal teachers & friends through a treasure hunt, a mystery tour, and various hands on activities.

Jess is founder of Mycoevolve, an ecological restoration service offering education, research, and habitat enhancing earthworks; she also co-facilitates a volunteer collective called VT Myconode, dedicated to earth repair via fungal inoculation. Elliot, raised in northern Vermont, is the founder and owner of Herbs and Arrows, where he teaches adults and children as a wilderness scout, herbalist, and wellness educator.

Weave-in-the-Round 

Lausanne Allen- Artist, musician & teacher
Use colorful yarn to weave around a disc, creating lively designs that you can hang on your wall to enjoy, or hang on your garden fence to twirl in the sun (and keep the deer away!)

Lausanne loves to share in the fun, whether as a musician, a dance caller, a weaver, a spinner or a teacher. She lives in Bristol Vermont.

Keeping Track: Understanding Animals’ Winter Survival 

Christine Ferris-Hubbard, Cara Davenport & Emily O'Connor- Merck Forest & Farmland Center
Explore animal tracks that you might see in winter, as well as certain animal adaptations for surviving during the cold months. Create and take home a track-related craft!

Merck Forest & Farmland Center is an educational non-profit aiming to teach a diverse audience about innovative and sustainable farming and forestry methods through place-based immersive experiences.

SUNDAY-WORKSHOPS SESSION II: 2:05-4:25pm (3 rotations)

Valentines from the Heart

Bonnie Acker- Acker Arts
Continuing a wonderful Children's Conference tradition, children of all ages will work with beautiful cloth and paper to create handmade Valentines for children undergoing treatment at Vermont Medical Center. We will also be creating colorful food-and-farming art to celebrate Vermont!

Bonnie is lifelong activist and artist who's lived in Burlington for over 30 years. She treasures times when bunches of people can come together, side-by-side, and create hopeful art for diverse community settings.

Wormy Wonka’s Black Gold Factory

Zea Luce- Environmental educator
Come to this “worm-shop” for a sneak peek into the private lives of worm bin critters! Explore a thriving worm bin, learn fun worm facts, the anatomy of a worm, feed the worms lunch, and put them to bed. We’ll create a mini bin from scratch and do other hands-on activities to become worm experts.

Zea has been an environmental educator for more than ten years. Her career has focused on zero waste and sustainable food systems. She has launched composting programs in schools, coordinated a Master Composter Recycler program, a farm-to-school program, an educational farm, and more.

Cocoa Campaign: Fair and Ethical Chocolate for Kids

Laura Oliver- Peace & Justice Center
Join us as we explore fun and games that teach us about the coca supply chain. We will learn, brainstorm and create action steps for change.

Laura is a homesteader in training, unschooling mamma of two and Seed Librarian at Jericho Town Library.

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