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-6pm & 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, 4:30-6pm!

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 »

FILM SCREENING & CREPES - SATURDAY EVENING

Film Screening & Crepes! (New this year!)

LOOK & SEE: A PORTRAIT OF WENDELL BERRY

Saturday, 6:00pm–8:00pm • Davis Center • $10 Suggested Donation • Please RSVP here if you are interested in attending! • Open to conference attendees and the public

Grab a delicious Skinny Pancake crepe, and enjoy a screening of Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry. This is a great opportunity to unwind after a long conference day, and take in a beautiful and thought provoking film. A short Q & A with Mary Berry will follow the film.

LOOK & SEE is a cinematic portrait of the changing landscapes and shifting values of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture, as seen through the mind’s eye of writer, farmer, and activist, Wendell Berry. Visit https://lookandseefilm.com/ for more! 

WEEKEND MUSIC

Throughout the weekend, we will feature wonderful musicians as entertainment. Edith and Bennett (Edith Gawler and Bennett Konesni) from Belfast, ME will join us on Saturday playing old-time fiddle, banjo, and guitar. Putting a new twist on the ancient arts of field hollers, farmer’s ballads and barn dances, Edith and Bennett bring their passion for worksongs- music that transforms labor into something in between work and play. Listen, sing along or dance with other conference participants!

COMMUNITY ART PROJECT with Bonnie Acker

Erin & Bonnie Saturday 12-2pm & Sunday, 12-2pm • Davis Center, 1st Floor Atrium

Join local artist Bonnie Acker to work on a community art collage! The community art project is a great opportunity to meet other conference attendees, take advantage of the creative outlet, and contribute to a joint masterpiece.  All ages and artistic abilities are welcomed!

BOOK SIGNINGS 

Saturday & Sunday • 2nd Floor Exhibitor Area 

Join several authors for book signings of their latest books. 

  • Philip Ackermann-Leist, A Precautionary Tale: The Story of How One Small Town Banned Pesticides, Preserved its Food Heritage, and Inspired a Movement
  • Darryl Benjamin and Lyndon Virkler, Farm to Table 
  • Grace GershunyOrganic Revolutionary: A Memoir of the Movement for Real Food, Planetary Healing & Human Liberation
  • Stephen Leslie, Horse- Powered Farming for the 21st Century: A Complete Guide to Equipment, Methods and Management for Organic Growers
  • Fred MagdoffCreating an Ecological Society: Toward a Revolutionary Transformation 
  • Lee ReichGrow Fruit Naturally

SATURDAY SOCIAL

Saturday 4:30-6:30pm • 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 5-6pm • 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

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, with plenty of time to continue conversations after the conference and into the night! Donations accepted at the door.

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 a beloved conference tradition. Join us for dessert, community, and unwinding after the conference!

Organic Agriculture Stories: Poster Session

Saturday & Sunday • Burack Lounge, 1st Floor

Learn more about the principles and practices of organic and transitioning farmers. Vermont NRCS and the Lexicon of Sustainability share stories of organic agriculture in America though an interactive poster display.

SOCIAL ACTION ZONE

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

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

Enjoy an hour of gentle movement, breath work, rest, and rejuvenation during your conference day. Mats and props provided. All levels are welcome! Instructor Maggie Donin completed her yoga teacher training with the Shivshakti School of Yoga and Healing Arts in Vermont.

FILM SCREENING - SUNDAY AFTERNOON

FILM SCREENING: DolORÉs

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

Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century—and she continues the fight to this day, at 87. With intimate and unprecedented access to this intensely private mother to eleven, the film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change. Visit https://www.doloresthemovie.com/ for more!


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