37th annual Winter Conference

The NOFA-VT Winter Conference is a highlight of the winter for farmers, gardeners, homesteaders and enthusiastic eaters. Please join us–and over 1,000 of your fellow organic food lovers–for our 37th year of learning, inspiration, good food, and great conversation. 

As NOFA-VT member and community artist Bonnie Acker puts it, “The Winter Conference is about discoveries. From kimchi to cover-cropping, there's truly something for everyone!" 

This year’s conference theme, Food Traditions: Celebrating Our Agricultural Roots, celebrates those who came before us by honoring the history of land-use in Vermont. We will highlight the role of all people working the land past and present, as well as the whole community currently committed to food production in Vermont. This awareness and interconnectedness provides strength as we reflect on the past and look to the future of agriculture. Two incredible keynote speakers will respond to our theme: Leah Penniman, a Black Kreyol educator, farmer/peyizan, author, and food justice activist from Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, NY, and Melody Walker Brook, Abenaki educator, activist, artist, and UVM alumni from Highgate, VT. 

Whether you are a commercial organic farmer, homesteader, gardener, activist, enthusiastic eater, educator or foodie, there are more than eighty workshops and intensives designed to appeal to you. New this year is a Wellness Fair on Sunday morning to help you nurture your body and soul during this community filled event. Many additional opportunities are built in for connecting with conference participants and exhibitors including several Saturday evening events, and an ice cream social to wrap up the weekend!