Published DateLACONIA — The Northeast Organic Farming Association's Winter Conference, the largest organic agricultural event of the year, will be held today and Saturday at Laconia Middle School.
Hosted by the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire (NOFA-NH), the event will attract farmers, gardeners and folks of all ages and experience levels from throughout New England who care about their local food systems, sustainability and organic farming.
The theme of this year's Winter Conference is Resilience/Building a Resilient Community. Friday's full-day intensive workshops are geared towards farmers, serious gardeners and homesteaders, with topics including hands-on tractor maintenance, food production, marketing and management. Friday evening features a 'Mixer for Farmers' organized by the NOFA-NH Beginner Organic Farmer program and The Greenhorns, hosted by Prescott Farm in Laconia; and an open-to-the-public lecture by Ecologist and Author, Tom Wessels.
Saturday morning starts with Keynote Speaker, Kristin Kimball, who will share her book The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love. Three sets of workshops will follow, on all manner of topics that illustrate the finer points of resiliency. A lunch-break keynote address will follow on "Building Resiliency into Our Organic Systems" by Jerry Dewitt.
Other activities throughout the day include the Green Market Expo, an organic and local potluck lunch, a video postcard booth, and endless opportunities to network, learn and share. Walk-ins are welcome on both days.
Conference rates are $95 per day or $170 for both days. Student rates and children's rates are available, and NOFA-NH members receive a 20% registration discount.
Event sponsors include: Stoneyfield Farms; UNH Cooperative Extension/USDA Risk Management Agency, Merrimack County Savings Bank; Whole Foods Market; Lancaster Agriculture Products; Neighboring Food Co-op Assocation; Farm Credit East; Chelsea Green; Colby-Sawyer College; Fedco Seeds; Land for Good; Ideal Compost Company