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Local food and farm conference March 1

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Danbury—The North-east Organic Farming Association of Connecticut has scheduled its Winter Conference for March 1 at Western Connecticut State University, 181 White St. Danbury.

The program is suitable for gardeners, food lovers, farmers, families, environmentalists, and cooks. CTNOFA’s conference is a celebration of local food and organic farms and last year the event attracted 800 local food enthusiasts.

The 2014 Winter Conference’s focus is on the beginning farmers who are providing food for Connecticut and growing farmer support programs and networks. To discuss young farmers, new farmers, and an inclusive approach to the local food system, CT NOFA will host keynote speaker Frederick L. Kirschenmann, a Distinguished Fellow for the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and president of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, N.Y.

The 2014 Winter Conference will feature workshops for all levels and interests: children can learn about worms, gardeners about backyard chickens and vegetables, locavores (one who prefers locally grown foods) and healthy eaters can discover new recipes at cooking classes, and activists and organizers can come together to discuss the organic food movement. Teachers include garden instructors, Connecticut’s farmers, chefs, community activists and nutritionists.

Leading up to the event, a detailed list of workshops will be added to the website at www.ctnofa.org.

Attendees can also visit with vendors and exhibitors who will distribute information and sell local foods, Connecticut crafts and garden tools. Learn about purchasing shares of food from farms with Community Supported Agriculture Programs at the CSA Fair.

There is a fee to attend and early registration, before Feb 1, is available now at www.ctnofa.org or by calling (203)308-2584. Those interested in being a vendor, sponsor or donor should contact CTNOFA or e-mail linda@ctnofa.org.



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