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Food and farm-minded folks to convene at two-day, 12th annual NOFA-NH Winter Conference in Concord

Thursday, January 30, 2014

CONCORD – Farmers, gardeners, homesteaders, organic consumers, educators, business owners and others interested in all things farm and food, will convene at the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire’s 12th annual Winter Conference at Rundlett Middle School, 144 South St., Concord from Feb. 1-2.

This year’s theme is We Are All Farmers: Seeding a Common Soil.

“We all depend on the same few inches of top soil for our sustenance and survival,” said Janet Wilkinson, NOFA-NH executive director. “Whether we are growing food, buying food, gardening, teaching, researching or otherwise. That is what we’ll explore and celebrate at this year’s winter conference.”

This year’s conference offers more than 35 workshops on a variety of topics. On Saturday, Feb. 1, attendees can partake in a number of workshops, including a day-long intensive on starting a school and youth garden project, beer brewing, organic gardening, beekeeping and raising sheep, “gut” health, demystifying food labels, the current landscape of GMO legislation, a primer on permaculture, and much more.

The line up for Sunday, Feb. 2, boasts a full farmer-to-farmer day of intensive workshops, including marketing to institutions, collaborative CSA models and farm businesses, cover cropping and crop rotation to manage weeds and pests, an introduction to small engines, and more.

In addition to a robust and diverse workshop line-up, NOFA-NH will welcome three keynote speakers during the weekend. Ben Hewitt, Vermont farmer and best-selling author of “Saved: How I Quit Worrying about Money and Became the Richest Guy in the World,” will address the conference Saturday afternoon. Internationally renowned food and farming activist and author of “Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land and Coming Home to Eat,” Gary Paul Nabhan, will speak at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 1 at Rundlett Middle School. Nabhan’s keynote is open to the general public and free for registered conference participants; $10 admission fee for non- conference participants. Lastly, Jack Lazor, Vermont farmer and recent author of “The Organic Grain Grower: Small-Scale, Holistic Grain Production for the Home and Market Producer,” will address conference attendees on Sunday, Feb. 2.

At least 30 food, farm and eco-minded local businesses and vendors will populate the Green Market Fair, to be held on Saturday and Sunday. Both days of the fair will be open and free to the general public.

Online conference registration is open until Thursday, Jan. 26, at www.nofanh.org/winte r-conference. After that date, participants may register “at the door” on the day of the event. Sponsorship, vending and advertising opportunities are available – contact Jen Skibba, NOFA-NH program and events coordinator, at jen@nofanh.org for more information.

For more information and a list of scheduled workshops, visit www.nofanh.org/win ter-conference or call 224-5022.

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