The average age of food producers in Connecticut is 57 while the demand for locally produced, organic foods is on the rise. Now more than ever, the state of Connecticut must draw beginning farmers, provide learning opportunities and support new farms. The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut (CT NOFA) has developed a multi-faceted beginning farmer support program, and is pleased to announce the 9th Annual Getting Started in Organic Farming Conference at Goodwin College in East Hartford, CT on January 18, 2014 for farmers and perspective farmers.
CT NOFA's annual Getting Started in Organic Farming Conference provides information about agricultural practices, marketing, planning and management for those who are establishing a new form or are transitioning to organic production. Attendees have access to valuable support and resources as well as a unique opportunity to interact with knowledgeable experts and established farmers, and they can connect to other beginning farmers from their area. The 2014 lineup includes presentations from Patrick Horan of Waldingfield Farm, Marjorie Glover of Happy Family Farm, Kip Kolesinskas from the American Farmland Trust, Eero Ruutilla an Sustainable Agriculture Specialist for UCONN Cooperative Extension, Mark Rutkowski of Urban Oaks Farm, Erin Pirro of Farm Credit East, and CT NOFA Board Member Debra Sloane of Sloane Farm.
The 2014 conference will be held on Saturday, January 18, 2014, from 8:00am to 3:30pm at Goodwin College in East Hartford, CT. Lunch will be provided, as well as opportunities for attendees to network with one another. A limited number of scholarships are available to beginning farmers with less than 10 years of farming experience who would otherwise have difficulty attending. Registration for the conference is $40 for CT NOFA Members and $50 for Non-Members. To register, apply for a scholarship or for more information, visit: http://ctnofa.org/events/Getting%20Started/2014_getting_started_conference_page.html,
or call the CT NOFA office at 203.308.2584.
Scholarships are provided through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.