Winter Conference

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Illustrated text reads: "Back to the Roots" above a drawing of a small group eating dinner under a tree.

 

February 18: Main Conference  |  February 19: Intensive Workshops
UVM's Davis Center in Burlington, VT with Some Live-Streamed Options

Each year, the NOFA-VT Winter Conference provides a valuable opportunity for farmers, homesteaders, gardeners, earth tenders, land managers, educators, students, policy-makers, and other food system activists to participate in our vibrant community event by sharing ideas, resources, and skills.

This winter's conference is designed to return to, nourish, and regrow our roots: our relationships! It's been a long while since we've gathered, and we're excited to do what matters most: connect with each other. Join us for a conference to connect, inspire, network, and deepen the roots that sustain the movement for a thriving agriCULTURE.

 

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Conference Offerings

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Photo of Winona LaDuke in front of a lake
Keynote Speaker

Winona LaDuke, an internationally renowned activist working on issues of food systems, sustainable development, and renewable energy, joins us for a keynote speech.

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Workshop attendees in a classroom
Workshops

On Saturday, February 18, join us for 40 workshop offerings! There is something for everyone passionate about a just and verdant local food system.

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Goats in a forest
Intensives

On Sunday, February 19, devote a full day to exploring a single topic at an intensive workshop. Led by knowledgeable presenters, there is plenty of time for discussion and networking.

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Children's Conference

Make it a family affair and register your kids for their own conference! Parents and guardians attending the conference can register their children ages 5-10 for all-day activities on Saturday.

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And More!

Throughout the conference, enjoy the exhibitors fair, live music, affinity meetup groups, seed swap, community art making, delicious local food, and other community-building activities.


 

Schedule

Saturday, February 18, 2023

Main Conference

8:00 am

Arrival, Check-In, Exhibitors Fair

9:00-10:30 am

Opening with NOFA-VT’s Grace Oedel, opening song by Elsie Gawler, Ethan Tischler, and Willy Clemetson, and Keynote Address by Winona LaDuke

10:45 am-12:00 pm

Workshop Session I

12:00-2:00 pm

Lunch, Exhibitors Fair, Roundtables, Film, and Other Activities

2:15-3:30 pm

Workshop Session II

3:45-5:00 pm

Workshop Session III

5:00-6:30 pm

Social Time with Food & Drink, Exhibitors Fair, and Live Music by Slim Pickins with Mary Rowell, Fran Rowell, Annie Rowell, and Don Schabner

7:00-10:00 pm After-Conference Party hosted by Slow Food Vermont and the Vermont Young Farmers Coalition at Hotel Vermont

 

Sunday, February 19, 2023

Intensive Workshops

8:30-9:00 am

Arrival & Check-In

9:00-3:00 pm

Intensive Workshops (with a midday break for lunch)

 


 

Registration Information

 

Your registration for the conference gives you access to all conference events on Saturday, February 18. Additionally, we invite you to add on a delicious local and organic lunch, conference t-shirts, registration for the Children’s Conference (for kids aged 5-10) on Saturday, and/or registration for intensive workshops on Sunday!

 

Pricing

Ticket pricing is the same for online or in-person attendance.

Main Conference

Saturday, February 18

$0–$300 (sliding scale options, $125 suggested for NOFA-VT members and $150 suggested for non-members)

Children's Conference

Saturday, February 18

$0-$100 (sliding scale, $50 suggested)

Intensive Workshops

Sunday, February 19 (includes lunch)

$0–$95 (sliding scale, $80 suggested for members and $95 suggested for non-members)

 

Main Conference Lunch $25
Children's Conference Lunch $12

 

About the Sliding Scale

We offer registration costs on a sliding scale because we believe that all voices must be present and included for our movement to be successful. The cost of putting on this conference is over $150 per person, and we offer registration priced above and below this amount. For both in-person and online attendance, please pay the amount that fits your budget. If you are someone with more financial resources, we highly encourage paying above the suggested rates to support the registration of someone for whom suggested rates make the conference inaccessible. Thank you for the ways you show up for our whole community!

  • NOFA-VT offers the option of free registration to anyone who identifies as Black, Indigenous, or a person of color. We provide this offering in an effort to actively rectify systems that have historically excluded BIPOC and continue to do so today. 
  • NOFA-VT is offering free registration to farmers and farmworkers. In order to make the conference accessible to the very people it celebrates, those who feed us, we're offering the option of free registration to farmers and farmworkers who have experienced economic distress in the past year.

 

If you don't fall into the above groups but are unable to pay the minimum price of $75, please contact us at [email protected]. We do not want registration costs to be a barrier to participation for anyone and are able to accommodate some full scholarships.

 

Overnight Accommodations

Need to stay in Burlington Friday and/or Saturday night? We’ve reserved rooms at the Best Western Plus Windjammer Inn, where you can enjoy complimentary breakfast, a pool and fitness center, and free parking for the discounted rate of $139 a night. Reserve your room before February 3 by calling 802-863-1125 and mentioning you’re part of the NOFA-VT Winter Conference group, or by reserving online.

 

 


 

Thank You to This Year's Sponsors!

Are you interested in supporting this year's conference? It's not too late! Learn more about becoming a sponsor or exhibitor today.

 

Cultivator

Meadows Bee Logo

Nourisher

City Market Logo Lattner Family Foundation Logo Johnson Family Foundation Logo Lintilhac Logo
  M and T Bank logo Seven Days Logo Stonyfield Logo  

Nurturer

Ben and Jerry's Foundation logo Foley Logo King Arthur Baking logo UVM Medical Center Logo Vermont Family Farms Logo

Grower

Brattleboro Co-op Logo Center for an Agricultural Economy Logo High Mowing logo Intervale Center Logo Morrisons Logo
Neighboring Food Co-Op Association Logo Norwich Solar Logo VT Growers Association Logo Salvation Farms Logo USDA Logo
Farm Credit East VBSR logo VT Agency of Ag Logo VT Compost Logo VT Foodbank logo

Planter

  Alchemist logo Cedar Circle Logo CT Greenhouse logo  
  Hark logo

 

FEDCO seeds Logo Gardeners Supply Logo  

Producer

Aqua ViTea, Catamount Solar, Clean Yield Asset Management, Co-operative Insurance Companies, Community Bank NA, Deep Root Organic Co-op, Hotel VT, Johnny’s Selected Seeds, Merck Forest & Farmland Center, North Country Organics, OMRI, Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative, Rural VT, Shelburne Farms, Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program, Vermont Farm to Plate


Gatherer

Cabot Creamery Co-operative, Champlain Valley Compost Company, Frazer Insurance Agency Inc., New England Farmers Union/Local Food Safety Collaborative, Nourse Farms Inc., Philo Ridge Farm, The Maine Potato Lady, Vermont Economic Development Authority, Vermont Grass Farmers Association, Vermont Land Trust, Vermont Technical College


Additional funding for this conference was made possible by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service through grants AM200100XXXXG122 and 21FMPPCT1042-00, the University of Vermont Agricultural Risk Management Education Program under USDA/NIFA Award Number 2018-70027-28584, the VT Agency of Agriculture Food and Markets Working Lands Enterprise Initiative Contract #4326, and the Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.