NOFA-NJ Winter Conference | Early Bird Registration Runs Until November 25th

Join us for our 23rd Annual Winter Conference, Building on a History of Innovation in the Garden State.  New Jersey’s largest agricultural & food conference featuring two days of classes and nationally recognized speakers in sustainable agriculture.

Keynote Speaker & Rare Presentations
Eliot Coleman will be our Keynote Speaker. Eliot has more than 40 years of experience in all aspects of organic farming, including field vegetables,greenhouse vegetables, rotational grazing of cattle and sheep, and range poultry. He is the author of The New Organic Grower, Four Season Harvest and the Winter Harvest Handbook.

Eliot Coleman at the MOFGA fair presenting on how to extend the growing season using double – covered low tunnels.

Michael Phillips, widely acclaimed author of The Apple Grower and The Holistic Orchard and renowned bio-intensive orchardist, will be presenting at NOFA-NJ’s 2013 Annual Winter Conference on organic apples and healing herbs. He and his family own HeartsongFarm  Healing Herbs. Michael has a good ol’ time teaching folks about apple growing from a holistic perspective. Homesteaders and small farmers alike can benefit from having a Grower Consultation when this apple guy offers specific advice tailored to localized challenges.

Ellen Ecker-Ogden, author of the The Vermont Cheese Book and her newest, The Complete Kitchen Garden, will be presenting on Designing Basics for Your Kitchen Gadren. Ellen believes a kitchen garden is a way of life and she shares fresh ideas to inspire everyone to plant a seed and watch it grow and cook from the harvest. She lectures widely to garden clubs, botanic garden and flower shows throughout the U.S. on ways to embrace the garden as a way of life and establish a long term commitment that supports a connection to the soil and the food we serve each day.

Who Should Come?

This will be an excellent opportunity for both novices and those experienced with agriculture— as well as those interested in organic or sustainable farming and gardening — to learn more about various approaches to agricultural renewal. More than 40 workshops will provide inspiration and practical advice for farmers and gardeners, educators and activists, consumers and entrepreneurs, young and old.

react to symptoms. This full-day program with orchard health expert Michael Phillips will inspire you to recognize the paramount priorities in your own home or community fruit planting.

Ellen Ecker-Ogden “Complete Kitchen Garden Design” 10 am – 4 pm.

A kitchen garden goes beyond the simple straight rows of a vegetable garden to combine art and food in ways that enhance the experience of growing food. In this workshop, Ellen Ecker Ogden, cofounder of The Cook’s Garden seed catalog and author of the new book The Complete Kitchen Garden will share her journey from basic back yard to elegant European inspired kitchen garden designs. In this workshop, participants will learn a foundation of skills that will allow them to create a unique design to match their own landscape, or renovate their current garden to make it more inviting. Through a series of photographs and color illustrations, participants will be inspired to re-think how to plant and design the vegetable patch, with an eye towards formal design, color, texture and culinary purpose.

Other speakers and topics include Joe Fisher on home brewing, Joseph Heckman on the history of the organic farming movement, Kenton Seydell on organic lawn care, Ed Wengryn on promoting local foods & agriculture…and much more! Hope to see you there!

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