Wednesday, December 11, 2019

38th Organic Farm & Garden Conference Set For January

NOFA NY logoThe Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York, Inc. (NOFA-NY) has announced registration is open for its 2020 Winter Conference.

NOFA-NY’s annual Winter Conference will take place January 17-19, 2020 at the Oncenter in Syracuse. One of the largest farming conferences in the region, the NOFA-NY 2020 Winter Conference will feature over 100 educational workshops across 13 tracks. The theme of this year’s conference is “Extending the Table.”

NOFA-NY’s 2020 Winter Conference will take place directly following the New York State Vegetable Growers Association’s Annual Expo and 2020 Becker Forum, also held at the Oncenter.

The NOFA-NY Winter Conference will feature several events. Dairy Day on January 18 will provide dedicated workshops for dairy farmers. A Children’s Conference will offer programming for kids ages six to 12. And NOFA-NY will hold a Farm Share Fair from 2:30 to 5:30 pm on January 18, where community members can meet local farmers, gather tips about cooking seasonally-inspired meals, and learn about the benefits of community supported agriculture.

Winter Conference Keynote Speaker will be Peter Jemison. Jemison is the site manager of Ganondagan State Historic Site, which houses the Iroquois White Corn Project that currently yields an average of 5,000 pounds of corn per year. He is a Heron Clan member of the Seneca Nation of Indians.

Each year at the Winter Conference, NOFA-NY presents a Farmer of the Year award to a leader in organic agriculture. The 2020 NOFA-NY Farmers of the Year, Lou and Merby Lego, will also give a keynote speech. The Legos, along with their two sons and their families, operate Elderberry Pond Farm, a country food store and farm-to-table restaurant near Skaneateles.

Registration is open to all, whether you are a farmer, gardener, homesteader, or eater. For more information or to register, click here.

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3 Responses

  1. Donna Hickling says:

    There is early bird pricing until December 20th. See the website for more information.

  2. Hi, quick question. Is there any conference like this on this year?

  3. I agree! Organic farmers use crop rotation to keep the soil and plants healthy. Crop rotation means that every year others patches of soil are used to plant specific crops.