(BRIDGEPORT) CT Northeast Organic Farmers Association Annual Conference (Feb. 23, 2019)

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Featuring CR Lawn

The Largest Gathering of Organic Farmers, Foodies,
Gardeners, Advocates & Families in Connecticut!

Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019
At Housatonic Community College, Bridgeport, CT

LEARN ORGANIC WAYS: Choose from 40+ organic garden, farm, and food-themed workshops plus our special Keynote Speaker (soon to be announced!)

ENJOY LUNCH: Enjoy a locally sourced lunch prepared by some of Connecticut’s most creative and generous chefs. They are cooking up a storm and aim to provide a hearty meal for a variety of food preferences

SHOP UNTIL YOU DROP: Buy gifts and loads organic goodies from over 75+ farm and gift vendors!

EXPAND YOUR NETWORK: Visit tables by local garden clubs, farm/conservation groups, grant providers, and organic-friendly service pros.

WIN BIG: Play to win in the famous ‘TEA CUP’ raffle – amazing items donated by generous vendors, farmers, and creative folks from all over!  Winning Tip: Buy raffle tickets online in advance and get extra tickets for free!
(Want To Give To The Raffle? Call or email: winterconference@ctnofa.org to let us know. Thank you!)


C.R. Lawn – founder of Fedco Seeds

Restoring Our Seed Commons:
The Need for Clarity about Intellectual Property Rights

In 1978 CR Lawn founded Fedco Seeds. He served on its management teams for forty years until his retirement June 2018. In his plots, CR looked at thousands of varieties for possible inclusion in the Fedco catalog. He wrote most of the seed catalog’s vegetable variety descriptions and its essays on food issues and economic policy, weather and climate, and changes in the seed trade.  He and his wife Eli Rogosa co-ordinated the NESARE-funded Restoring our Seed Project that pioneered in presenting the seed arts to growers in the Northeast prior to the advent of the Organic Seed Alliance conferences. He sat on the Board of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Assn. (MOFGA) from 1993 to 2009 serving several terms as Treasurer and Secretary, and is currently on the Board of the Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI).  He is a graduate of Oberlin College and has a JD from Yale Law School.

Click here for links to his work on the Fedco site.


NEW MEMBERS: JOIN NOW & COME FREE*: Join by Nov. 30, 2018 and get one free Conference Admission!!! First join online, then email us to ask for your FREE admission code to register for the conference with! (*for new members only; one ticket per household; add lunch separately).

JOIN & SAVEwww.ctnofa.org/join

EARLY BIRDS: Save $10 off registration if you register by Dec. 31, 2018

OrganiConn Tickets & Our Amazing Lunch:
Just $15/per person ($7/under 18 years old)

Member or
Non-Member Type

Conference Admission
with Lunch

Conference Admission

Current Members: Farmers/Seniors/Students



Current Members: Adults






All Youth: Free (if 18 years old or under and pre-registered)

Pre-registered with Lunch: $7
At Door: $10 with Lunch

Pre-registered: FREE
At Door: $10 with lunch


– Pre-registration Recommended. Buy in advance online or by phone
– Tickets will cost $10 more more at the door
– Pre-Registered Groups of 10+ People? Get 20% Off Total!!!
– Schools & Youth 18 and under: Free Admission (if pre-registered)

Questions? winterconference@ctnofa.org | Call: 203-308-2584

FARMER SCHOLARSHIPS: Thanks to some of the presenters and donors, we can offer scholarships for local farmers and community garden leaders that deserve a break on tickets.Just click to apply here!

VOLUNTEER!: Want to lend a hand? Able to lead or oversee one of the activities (raffle, lunch, vendor check in, etc) before the event or on the day of the big event? Great! Let us know, even if you are not sure about what you would want to do. We will be in touch and see what suits you best. Click here to let us know you are interested. Or call Jeremy in the office to let us know you are interested. Thank you!

WORKSHOP PRESENTERS: Are you a past workshop presenter? Or do you want to apply to present at our 37th Annual Winter Conference? We welcome your application to present by December 1 ~ use the Workshop Presenter link.

WISHING FOR A WORKSHOP? Have a workshop topic you’d really like to learn about at OrganiConn? Ok. Let us know! Contact the office by phone or email your thoughts to winterconference@ctnofa.org.


Each year, generous lunch sponsors come together to support CT NOFA and the organic community by providing parts of our fine meal. Most ingredients are locally sourced and/or organic and created to be suitable for all ages and most dietary needs. To be an ORGANICONN food or beverage sponsor, please contact the CT NOFA Executive Director at 203-613-8813 or ctnofa@ctnofa.org.


Call the office today to sign up or… 
Click here to save a spot for your table at OrganiConn ~ the 37th Winter Conference

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Artscape Organic-Care, LLC
B4 & After Farm/Oui Charcuterie
Barlow Farm
Baystate Organic Certifiers

Bellas Alpacas Farm
Benedict’s Home & Garden 
Bionutrient Food Association
Citizens’ Climate Lobby (Manchester, CT chapter) 

Connecticut Department of Agriculture 
Connecticut Farm Bureau Association 
Connecticut Farm Energy Program
Connecticut Farmland Trust
Country Organics, Inc.
Dirt Road Farm
Edible Nutmeg 

Farm Credit East
Farm Marketing Solutions, LLC
Fungi Ally

Green Earth Ag and Turf, LLC
Go Organic LLC
Guy’s Eco-Garden
Green Earth Ag & Turf 
GreenIt with SolvIt Home Services
Gold Star Honeybees
Harney Tea
Home Professor
Joy Newton Designs
Kingdom Aquaponics
Lancaster Ag Products
Natureworks Horticultural Services 
Natural Awakenings – Western CT
New Connecticut Farmer Alliance

New Morning Market
NYR Organic / Soulbyrd Therapies, LLC 
OM Pajamas/ Madauri Charitable Trust
Organachs: Farm To Skin
Organic Mechanics Soil Company 
Progressive Asset Management 
Protect Our Pollinators
Put Local On Your Tray
Rainbow Kids 

Roots and Shoots
Scanner Photography by Ellen Hoverkamp

Seeds and Roots Retreat Center
Slowfood Metro North
SOPHIA Natural Health Center
Sowing Solutions Permaculture Design & Education 
Specialty Agricultural Products, LLC 
Sperry Naturals
Sweet Sage Bakery
Sunstone Farm
Taproot Threads
The Branch Manager
The Wells Natural Market
Traditional Health First
The Reitz Group
UConn Extension – farmer
UConn Extension – home garden
VisionWorks Books 

Weston A. Price Foundation
Wellscroft Fence Systems, LLC
Wiggle Room