PRESENTERS' CORNER: 2017 NOFA-VT WINTER CONFERENCE
Each year, the NOFA-VT Winter Conference provides a valuable opportunity for farmers, homesteaders, gardeners, land managers, educators, producers, and other food-system activists to participate in our vibrant organic community by sharing ideas, resources, and skills.
You will find information and resources below for presenters planning to present workshops at the 2017 NOFA-VT Winter Conference. Thank you for participating in our 35th Annual Winter Conference!
PARKING & LOCATION
The conference itself will be held at the University of Vermont Davis Center. Please check our website for directions and a map of where to park or check out the UVM parking map. To find your assigned classroom space please use the searchable UVM campus map for the building and location.
The conference itself will be held at the University of Vermont Davis Center. All hotel accommodations for presenters will be available at the Best Western Windjammer Inn. Please contact Rachel Fussell, Winter Conference Coordinator, for reservations and additional information at [email protected] or (802) 434-4122.
BEST PRACTICES FOR WORKSHOP SUCCESS
We want all presenters to have engaging and successful workshops, and therefore we've compiled some best practices to help you plan your workshop and ensure your success.
TECHNOLOGY AT THE CONFERENCE
While you are not required to use any computer-based technology as part of your presentation, many presenters do use PowerPoint or similar programs as well as internet-based resources to illustrate their discussions.
If you are choosing to use a computer-based technology, please review this information. All presentation rooms at UVM are equipped with a computer, LCD projector and internet access (you do not need to have your Wifi code for these computers). If you are using Powerpoint, please bring your presentation on a flash drive and have it backed up on your email or another way. If you are worried about your presentation losing its formatting as you switch between computers and operating systems (mac vs. pc), you can always save it as a pdf. There are instructions on how to do that here. You may also bring your own computer, but please bring an adapter if you are using a mac, and always have an alternate way to access your presentation. The UVM Tech Support phone number will be placed in the front of every room next to the computer. Call this number if you have any trouble.
GUIDELINES FOR DISMANTLING RACISM & INTEGRATING EQUITY FOR PRESENTERS
NOFA strives to promote organic food and farming that are inclusive of all farmers and consumers, regardless of race, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation or belief. We urge conference presenters to consider their workshop content through the lens of race, equality, social justice and domestic fair trade. For example, please be mindful about assumptions that come along with words like Farmer (a land-owner? hired farm manager?), Farm Worker (would-be farmer? migrant worker? full time worker? intern? are people paid fairly?), Customer (well-paid suburbanites? low-income city dwellers?) Please reach out to your NOFA contact if you have questions, clarifications or want to discuss how to address these topics.