NOFA-NH 10th Annual Winter Conference, March 3

Now in its tenth year, the NOFA-NH Annual Winter Conference is returning to the Seacoast on Saturday, March 3rd — save the date! Frances Moore Lappe, the keynote speaker, heads up an exciting array of over 40 workshops and lectures to chose from. Discount available with early registration:

NOFA-NH 10th Annual Winter Conference:
Growing Food, Farms and Community
Sanborn Regional High School, Kingston, NH
Saturday, March 3, 2012
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

On Saturday, March 3, 2012, the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire (NOFA-NH) will hold its Tenth Annual Winter Conference, “Growing Food, Farms and Community”. The Conference will be hosted by Sanborn Regional High School in KingstonNH, from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm. “We are very excited to be hosting the event,” says Sanborn Principal Brian Stack. “We’re looking forward to the opportunity to have our students and faculty participate.”

A sustainable future based on local organic production and growing local economies is the major focus of the Winter Conference. Presenters from New Hampshire and New England will offer their experience and expertise in topics ranging from beginning and advanced organic farming and gardening, organic land care, sustainability, raising livestock, alternative energy, and producing and selling locally.

Cambridge-based eco-activist and author Frances Lappe will be the keynote speaker. Author of 18 books, including Diet for a Small Planet, Ms.Lappe is the co-founder of three organizations, including Food First: The Institute for Food and Development Policy and, more recently, the Small Planet Institute, a collaborative network for research and popular education seeking to bring democracy to life.

The conference, open to home gardeners and professional growers alike, offers over 40 workshops and lectures. Topic tracks include Beginner Organic Farmers, Permaculture, Food Safety and Storage, Herbs, Community Gardening and much more.  Scheduled speakers include local experts Dorn Cox (Building Abundance Through Soil Health), Eric and Becky Sideman (Q&A on Organic Vegetables) and Amy Antonoucci (Beginning Beekeeping). Kim Mastrianni will talk about growing sheep organically, while Joe Marquette will present Heritage Fowl for New England. The full program is listed on the NOFA-NH website – www.nofanh.org.

Several authors will be presenting at the conference and doing book signings. In addition to Ms. Lappe, the conference will include Chelsea Green authors Didi Emmons (Vegetarian Planet), Michael Phillips (The Apple Grower, The Herbalist’s Way), and Greg Marley (Mushrooms for Health: Medical Secrets of Northeastern Fungi).

Plan on strolling through the popular Green Market Fair, where local vendors and farmers market all things organic. For the first time, there will also be demonstrations and educational presentations in the Green Market Fair. Our famous Potluck Lunch is also not to be missed, and  attendees who bring an eight-serving potluck dish to share eat for free. An all-day vendor fair plus a raffle will be held from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm in the school gymnasium.

The conference will offer continuing education units to Master Gardeners and NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals. Registration materials are available on line at www.nofanh.org and at the NOFA-NH Office (phone 603-224-5022).

NOFA-NH is a non-profit organization of nearly 400 farmers, gardeners, and consumers that actively promotes regenerative and sustainable agricultural practices, ecologically-sound land care, and local, organic food systems. NOFA-NH educates farmers, gardeners, land care providers, and consumers of food on the benefits of natural, organic, and ecological growing practices.

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