Organic Farming and Gardening Conference


NOFA-NY's 38th Annual Organic Farming and Gardening Conference is coming to the Syracuse Oncenter January 17 - 19, 2020. For many years the conference has been held in Saratoga Springs which made it difficult for people living in central New York and nearby areas to attend. I'm am honored to tell you that I am one of the workshop presenters this year. Isn't that awesome? I am tickled pink at the thought of it!

The workshop topics include pest/disease management, weed control, growing organic strawberries & blueberries, edible landscaping, raising chickens/ducks/turkeys, the business of bees/apples, protecting our water resources/pollinators, soil health/compost/vermicompost, permaculture/regenerative techniques, issues involving ethical food/social justice, and organic dairy. There are also workshops about starting and running a farm.

This year's Farmers of the Year award goes to Merby and Lou Lego who operate Elderberry Pond Farm and Restaurant with their two sons. The keynote speaker is G. Peter Jemison, Historic Site Manager of Ganondagan State Historic Site in Victor, NY. A member of the Heron Clan of the Seneca Nation of Indians, he is an artist and cultural worker.

NOFA-NY is an organization of farmers, gardeners, and consumers working together to create a sustainable regional food system that’s ecologically sound and economically viable. Through demonstration and education, they promote land stewardship, organic food production, and local marketing. They bring consumer and farmer together to make high-quality food available to all people. 

This conference is just the thing to stir our passions in the middle of wintry January. For more information visit the conference website https://nofany-winterconference.squarespace.com/


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