On March 1, 2014 the Connecticut Chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (“CT NOFA”) will hold its 2014 Winter Conference at the Western Connecticut State University. CT NOFA is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the practices of ecologically sound farming and gardening, and to the development of local sustainable agriculture. Its efforts give consumers increased access to safe and healthy food.
The conference is Connecticut's largest and brings into focus the challenges of the next generation of farmers and how they affect us all. The Conference will also feature lunch catered by some of Fairfield County's top farm to table restaurants including Barcelona, LeFarm, The Whelk, Bar Sugo and Sugar & Olives.
The conference will also feature a variety of workshops focusing on organic food, farming, gardening and food justice. Of note is Winvians's executive chef Chris Eddy speaking on "The Relationship Between the Garden, Kitchen, Restaurant and Everything in Between.” The discussion will touch on the incredible diversity of products grown at Winvian, the economics, the logistics as well as the present food system in our country, and why the farm’s mission is turning the tables and bringing local pride and integrity back into American agriculture. In between workshops, attendees can visit with over 50 vendors and exhibitors featuring local foods, crafts, books, and sustainability initiatives.
Pre-registration is strongly encouraged and can be found at ctnofa.org/winterconference or by calling the office at (203) 308-2584.