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Everything organic at NOFA

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Farmers, gardeners, and visitors from across New England gathered for this weekend's 32nd annual Northeast Organic Farming Association Conference In Burlington.

Once a year, organic foods and products are put in the spotlight offering education and insight at the largest agriculture conference in Vermont.

NOFA Vt Executive Director, Enid Wonnacott said, "If you're a gardener, homesteader, commercial farmer, somebody who just likes to eat good food, there's workshops all day."

Saturday's event at the University of Vermont's Davis Center was packed with 33 workshops and exhibits. More than 800 visitors focused on everything from GMO labeling to farm animal health.

"It's a time to really see people you haven't seen in a long time and meet a lot of new people, kind of recharge your battery for the next growing season," said Wonnacott.

Vendors shared their tricks of the trade on things like organic jams and better gardening practices.

Libby Weiland of the Vermont Community Garden Network said, "It's also a great opportunity for us to connect to people who are at all ends of the food network spectrum and especially more and more with our school and community garden track."

Kristopher Anderson was a NOFA Attendee, he said, "When I first started coming to these maybe 5 years ago, I was one of the youngest people here. Now I'm one of the oldest people here. It's so nice to see organic farming is really taking shape here in Vermont."

This weekend, organizers hope to raise 60 thousand dollars from ticket sales and sponsors to pay for next year's event.

With a focus on producing organic foods and products Governor Peter Shumlin says it is a mission that he hopes will continue.

"We're leading in terms of quality food grown right here, value added, making the best cheese, the best meats, the best veggies, the best maple syrup, we're doing it right here and you make me proud," said Governor Shumlin.

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