10 February 2017 - by Kim Mercer, NOFA-VT

8 Great Reasons to Attend the NOFA-VT Winter Conference

This is a re-post from the NOFA-VT blog. The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont is one of the founding members of DigInVT.com - and also, they know how to throw an awesome conference. Check it out! 

1. Community Art

We invite you to help make beautiful art with the amazing Bonnie Acker, in a community project where everyone can share scissors, paper, and dreams of a world where wonderful food is enjoyed by all.

Also, 7 lucky winners will go home with, colorful, large collages by Bonnie!

2. Vandana & Fernando

In honor of this year’s theme, Beyond Borders: Our Role in the Global Food Movement, we are thrilled to welcome two esteemed keynote speakers: Cuban farmer and educator Dr. Fernando Funes Monazote, and Indian scholar and environmental activist Dr. Vandana Shiva. We are sure you will find inspiration in their work and visions for a healthier world food system.

3. Staycation

Lots of folks head somewhere warm in February, but if you’re not one of them, come warm up with us! Enjoy yoga classes, film screenings, and an organic seed swap! A Saturday Night Social features delicious appetizers, wine and beer, followed by a meet-up downtown at Hotel Vermont, co-sponsored by Slow Food Vermont and the Vermont Young Farmers Coalition.

4. Connections

You come for the workshops and the speakers, but there’s also lots of time to catch up with old friends and develop new connections. In addition to the social events, join us for lively discussions on important current events and topics.

5. Good Food  

Free for all conference attendees, our hospitality table is stocked with snacks from local food producers. Kombucha by Aqua Vitea and coffee from the Vermont Coffee Company will be offered by donation. The NOFA-VT mobile oven will be fired up just outside the Davis Center to roast delicious root veggies. You won’t be hungry! Conference lunches will featuring delicious ingredients from Vermont Certified Organic Farmers. Buy your tickets online when you register.

6. Ice Cream & Chocolate

Sunday night, we invite you to chill out with a scoop or two of incredible ice cream provided by our friends at Strafford Organic Creamery.

And, as a thank you for filling out the conference evaluation, you’ll be treated to a Lake Champlain chocolate.

7. Member Vote

Four new NOFA Vermont board members will be voted on at the conference, in addition to two by-laws amendments.  Please attend the conference and weigh in on these important decisions!

8. Children's Conference

At the Children’s Conference, participants attend workshops in felting and print-making, go outside for workshops on tracking and making shelters, and create their own snacks by baking in NOFA’s mobile oven, drying fruit, or making bicycle smoothies. Children can attend for $0-$30/day!  

Register now - registrations before Feb 13th get early bird pricing!