CT NOFA 31st Annual Winter Conference 2013

John Petari, CT NOFA Board Member talking with potential menber. CTNOFA Winter Confdrence 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT, ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/KymryGroup™. All Rights Reserved.

John Petari, CT NOFA Board Member talking with potential menber. CT NOFA 31st Annual Winter Confdrence 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT, ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/KymryGroup™ All Rights Reserved.

The  Connecticut Chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (CT NOFA) held their 31st Annual Winter Conference 2013, on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at the Wilton High School in Wilton, CT.  Nearly 800 participants came this year, including over 64 vendors and 55 workshops.

Many gathered beforehand for coffee and to catch up with old friends and new, the excitement generated was a buzz for the day ahead. The event was full of new ideas and ways to better their farming and gardening to make for a more sustainable earth. The atmosphere remained charged with energy as the day progressed.

Below is a review in photos of some, but certainly not all, of the highlights from this day long event. If nothing else keep in mind, as you review the photo essay, just how utterly complex the simple phrase “organic farming” truly is. Enjoy, and get engaged in this worthy mission.

CT NOFA 31st Annual Winter Conference 2013. All Rights Reserved.

CT NOFA 31st Annual Winter Conference 2013 logo. © CT NOFA. All Rights Reserved. Logo used with permission.

Registration, Coffee hour, Staff & Volunteers who assisted throughout the day.

l. to r. CTNOFA Staff: Teresa Mucci, Deb Legge, CAO, CTNOFA; Debbie Semonich, Kristiane Huber, Melissa Gabso; WHS Student Volenteers. CTNOFA Winter Confdrence 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT, ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/KymryGroup™ All Rights Reserved.

l . to r. CT NOFA Staff: Teresa Mucci, Deb Legge, CAO, CT NOFA; Debbie Semonich, Kristiane Huber, Melissa Gabso; WHS Student Volunteers. CT NOFA 31st Annual Winter Conference 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT, ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/KymryGroup™ All Rights Reserved.

 Organic Marketplace.

l. to r. Laura McKinney, Co-Owner of Riverbank Farm, Liz Piriczky. CT NOFA Winter Confdrence 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/ KymryGroup™ All Rights Reserved.

l. to r. Laura McKinney, Co-Owner of Riverbank Farm, Liz Piriczky. CT NOFA 31st Annual Winter Conference 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/ KymryGroup™ All Rights Reserved.

Northfordy Farm Exhibitor.

Participant views the Northfordy Farm table. CTNOFA Winter Conference 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT, ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/KymryGroup. All Rights Reserved.

Participant views the Northfordy Farm table. CT NOFA 31st Annual Winter Conference 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT, ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/KymryGroup. All Rights Reserved.

Soluxe Energy Solutions Exhibitor.

l. to r. ?, Merri Yacenda, Soluxe Energy Soutions table. CTNOFA Winter Conference 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/ KymryGroup™ All Rights Reserved.

l. to r. Matt Singer, Merri Yacenda, Soluxe Energy Soutions table. CT NOFA 31st Annual Winter Conference 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/ KymryGroup™ All Rights Reserved.

Self Sustainable Living Workshop.

Wyatt W. Whitman, Self Sustainable Living Workshop. CTNOFA Winter Confdrence 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/KymryGroup™ All Rights Reserved.

Wyatt W. Whitman, Self Sustainable Living Workshop. CT NOFA 31st Annual Winter Conference 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/KymryGroup™ All Rights Reserved.

Beekeeping Basic Workshop.

Marina Marchese, Beekeeping Basics Workshop. CTNOFA Winter Confdrence 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/KymryGroup™ All Rights Reserved.

Marina Marchese, Beekeeping Basics Workshop. CT NOFA 31st Annual Winter Conference 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/KymryGroup™All Rights Reserved.

Audience at presentations for the CT NOFA 31st Annual Winter Conference 2013.

Audience presentations. CTNOFA Winter Confdrence 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/KymryGroup™All Rights Reserved.

Audience presentations. CT NOFA Winter Conference 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/KymryGroup™All Rights Reserved.

BettyLou Sandy, President, CT NOFA. Welcome!

Bettylou Sandy, CTNOFA President; CTNOFA Winter Confdrence 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/ KymryGroup™ All Rights Reserved.

BettyLou Sandy, CT NOFA President; CT NOFA 31st Annual Winter Conference 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/ KymryGroup™ All Rights Reserved.

Gail Lavielle, Connecticut State Representative.

Gail Lavielle, CT State Representive For Norwalk, Westport and Wilton CT. CTNOFA Winter Confdrence 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT, ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/ KymryGroup™ All Rights Reserved.

Gail Lavielle, CT State Representative For Norwalk, Westport and Wilton CT. CT NOFA 31st Annual Winter Conference 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT, ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/ KymryGroup™ All Rights Reserved.

Toni Boucher, Connecticut State Senator.

Toni Boucher, State Senator for the 26th district and Deputy Minority leader. Speaker, CTNOFA Winter Confdrence 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/KymryGroup™ All Rights Reserved.

Toni Boucher, State Senator for the 26th district and Deputy Minority leader. Speaker, CT NOFA 31st Annual Winter Conference 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/KymryGroup™ All Rights Reserved.

Janet Heller, Secretary, CT NOFA.

Janet Heller, CTNOFA Secretary; CTNOFA Winter Confdrence 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/ KymryGroup.™ All Rights Reserved.

Janet Heller, CT NOFA Secretary; CT NOFA 31st Annual Winter Conference 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/ KymryGroup.™ All Rights Reserved.

Bill Duesing, Executive Director, CT NOFA introduces keynote speaker.

Bill Duesing, CTNOFA Executive Director; CTNOFA Winter Conference 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/KymryGroup™ All Rights Reserved.

Bill Duesing, CT NOFA Executive Director; CT NOFA 31st Annual Winter Conference 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/ KymryGroup™ All Rights Reserved.

Keynote Speaker, Dr. David W. Wolfe Ph.D.

Dr. David W. Wolfe Ph.D, Cornell University. Keynote Speaker, CTNOFA Winter Confdrence 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT on 3/2/13. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/KymryGroup. All Rights Reserved.

Dr. David W. Wolfe Ph.D, Cornell University. Keynote Speaker, CT NOFA 31st Annual Winter Conference 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT on 3/2/13. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/KymryGroup. All Rights Reserved.

  Remembrance group photo.

l. to r. Bill Deusing, CT NOFA Executive Director; Keynote Speaker, Dr. David Wolfe Ph.D., Professor of Plant & Soil Dept of Horticulture, Cornell University;  BettyLou Sandy, CT NOFA President;  John Petari. CT NOFA Board Member. CTNOFA Winter Confdrence 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/KymryGroup™ All Rights Reserved.

l. to r. Bill Duesing, CT NOFA Executive Director; Keynote Speaker, Dr. David Wolfe Ph.D., Professor of Plant & Soil Dept of Horticulture, Cornell University; BettyLou Sandy, CT NOFA President; John Petari. CT NOFA Board Member. CT NOFA 31st Annual Winter Conference 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/KymryGroup™ All Rights Reserved.

Lunch & Networking.

Lunch at CTNOFA Winter Confdrence 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT, ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/ KymryGroup™All Rights Reserved.

Lunch at CT NOFA 31st Annual Winter Conference 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT, ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/KymryGroup™ All Rights Reserved.

Super Hero’s!

l. to r. Brain Reynolds, Chartwells, Director of Dining Services, Wilton Public Schools; James Hunter, WHS Physical Science & AP Enviromental Science; WHS Organic Garden Organizer/Garden Adviser; CTNOFA Coordinator. CTNOFA Winter Confdrence 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/KymryGroup™All Rights Reserved.

l. to r. Brain Reynolds, Chartwells, Director of Dining Services, Wilton Public Schools; James Hunter, WHS Physical Science & AP Environmental Science; WHS Organic Garden Organizer/Garden Adviser; CT NOFA Coordinator. CT NOFA 31st Annual Winter Conference 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/KymryGroup™All Rights Reserved.

Assortment of Fairfield County Restaurants were venders for the conference.

Lunch provided by Fairfield County Restaurants. CTNOFA Winter Confdrence 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/KymryGroup™ All Rights Reserved.

Lunch provided by one of the restaurants., Barcelona Restaurant. CT NOFA 31st Annual Winter Conference 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/KymryGroup™ All Rights Reserved.

Great Entertainment by Ken Coulson, Gatsby’s Green Light.

Ken Coulson, Guitar Player, Gatsby's Green Light. CTNOFA Winter Confdrence 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/ KymryGroup™ All Rights Reserved.

Ken Coulson, Guitar Player, Gatsby’s Green Light. CT NOFA 31st Annual Winter Conference 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/ KymryGroup™ All Rights Reserved.

Deserts from Sugar & Olives, Cake Box & Swoon.

Jennifer Balin, Sugar Olives. CTNOFA Winter Confdrence 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/ KymryGroup™ All Rights Reserved.

Jennifer Balin, Sugar Olives. CT NOFA 31st Annual Winter Conference 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/ KymryGroup™ All Rights Reserved.

Cake Box & Swoon Dessert Table. CTNOFA Winter Confdrence 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/ KymryGroup™ All Rights Reserved.

Cake Box & Swoon Dessert Table. CT NOFA 31st Annual Winter Conference 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/ KymryGroup™ All Rights Reserved.

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BettyLou Sandy shows the map of Community Farms and Farmer’s Markets

Bettylou Sandy, CTNOFA President. CTNOFA Winter Conference 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/KymryGroup™All Rights Reserved.

Bettylou Sandy, CT NOFA President. CT NOFA 31st Annual Winter Conference 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/KymryGroup™All Rights Reserved.

I LOVE my Trike! See, I even have my own License Plate!

Jesse Fink, Owner, Millstone Farm, on his Tricycle made for Millstone Farm by Workman Cycle Facory, The Nation's oldest exsting Bike Maker since 1889. CTNOFA Winter Confdrence 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/KymryGroup™ All Rights Reserved.

Jesse Fink, Owner, Millstone Farm, on his Tricycle made for Millstone Farm by Workman Cycle Factory., The Nation’s oldest existing Bike Maker since 1889. CT NOFA 31st Annual Winter Conference 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/KymryGroup™ All Rights Reserved.

An Edible Garden in Every School Workshop.

l. to r. Milissa Spear, Executive Director, Common Ground High School, Urban Farm & Environmental Learning Center; James Hunter, WHS Physical Science & AP Enviromental Science, WHS Organic Garden Organizer/ Garden Adviser & CTNOFA Coordinator. Anne Farrel, Farmer, Milstone Farm. An Edible Garden in Every School Workshop. CTNOFA Winter Confdrence 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/ KymryGroup™ All Rights Reserved.

l. to r. Melissa Spear, Executive Director, Common Ground High School, Urban Farm & Environmental Learning Center; James Hunter, Wilton High School Physical Science & AP Environmental Science, Wilton High School Organic Garden Organizer/ Garden Adviser; CT NOFA Coordinator. Annie Farrell, Farmer, Millstone Farm. An Edible Garden in Every School Workshop. CT NOFA 31st Annual Winter Conference 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/ KymryGroup™ All Rights Reserved.

Wilton High School Organic Garden Exhibitor.

l. to r. Ben Foodman, WHS Sophmore; Adam Toris, WHS Senior; Stephanie Hubli, WHS Senior; WHS Organic Garden table. CTNOFA Winter Confdrence 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/KymryGroup™All Rights Reserved.

l. to r. Ben Foodman, WHS Sophomore; Adam Toris, WHS Senior; Stephanie Hubli, WHS Senior; WHS Organic Garden table. CT NOFA 31st Annual Winter Conference 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT. March 2. 2013. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/KymryGroup™ All Rights Reserved.

National Organic Farmers Association Land Care.

Jenna Messier, NOFA Land Care Program Dirctor. CTNOFA Winter Confdrence 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT. March 2, 2013. ©Mardi WelchDickinson/ KymryGroup™  All Rights Reserved.

Jenna Messier, NOFA Land Care Program Director. CT NOFA 31st Annual Winter Conference 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT. March 2, 2013. ©Mardi WelchDickinson/ KymryGroup™ All Rights Reserved.

Audubon Greenwich Exhibitor

Jeff Cordulack, Education & Communications Manager Audubon Greenwich. CTNOFA Winter Confdrence 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT. March 2, 2013. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/ KymryGroup™ All Rights Reserved.

Jeff Cordulack, Education & Communications Manager Audubon Greenwich. CT NOFA 31st Annual Winter Conference 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT. March 2, 2013. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/ KymryGroup™ All Rights Reserved.

Thank You to each and every one of you for a successful Conference!

l. to r. Debora Sloane, CT NOFA Board Member, Howard Shafer, CT NOFA Treasurer Janet Heller, CT NOFA Secretary, John Petari, CT NOFA Board Member,  Bill Deusing, CT NOFA Executive Dirextor, Greg Hazelton, CT NOFA Board Member, Bettlou Sandy,CT NOFA President,  Jane Maher, CT NOFA Board Member, Rosemary Mrretta, CT NOFA Board Member, Steve Munno, CT NOFA Board Member. CTNOFA Winter Confdrence 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/KymryGroup™ All Rights Reserved.

l. to r. Debora Sloane, CT NOFA Board Member, Howard Shafer, CT NOFA Treasurer Janet Heller, CT NOFA Secretary, John Petari, CT NOFA Board Member, Bill Duesing, CT NOFA Executive Director, Greg Hazelton, CT NOFA Board Member, Bettylou Sandy,CT NOFA President, Jane Maher, CT NOFA Board Member, Rosemary Mrretta, CT NOFA Board Member, Steve Munno, CT NOFA Board Member. CTNOFA 31st Annual Winter Conference 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/ KymryGroup™ All Rights Reserved.

 Electric Cultivating Tractor Workshop with David Blyn, Co-Owner, Riverbank Farm.

Electric Cultivating Tractor Workshop with David Blyn, Co-Owner, Riverbank Farm. CTNOFA Winter Confdrence 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT, ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/KymryGroup. All Rights Reserved.

Electric Cultivating Tractor Workshop with David Blyn, Co-Owner, Riverbank Farm. CT NOFA 31st Annual Winter Conference 2013, Wilton High School, Wilton, CT, ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/KymryGroup. All Rights Reserved.

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One Response to CT NOFA 31st Annual Winter Conference 2013

  1. Margaret says:

    Thanks for capturing the spirit of the Conference. Wave Hill Breads.

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