On Saturday, March 6th, Connecticut's branch of NOFA ( Northeast Organic Farming Association) will be holding it's 2010 winter conference at Manchester Community College. Attendees will have a choice of more than 30 different workshops, many facilitated by local food producers, such as "Raw Milk and Food Rights", "City Chicken Basics", "Edibles in the Landscape," "Small Scale Wheat Production," and "Brewing your Own Organic Beer." The Keynote speaker will be Michael Schuman who wrote The Small Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition as well as many articles for publications such as The Atlantic and The New York Times. There will also be two expert panel discussions: "Back (and Forth) to our Roots" focusing on uses and benefits of root vegetables and "Local and Strong: Just how significant can we make our regional food economy?" Vendors such as The Farmer's Cow, Wayne's Organic Garden, Alchemy Juice Bar Cafe and Sweet Sage Bakery will be on premise. Lunch will be a potluck, with all attendees asked to bring something to share.
Registration is still open and a $5 per person discount is available until this Friday. For more information or to register online, please visit CT NOFA's website.