Organic farmers gather for annual NOFA Conference in Burlington

Published: Feb. 19, 2023 at 7:49 PM EST
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - The 41st Annual NOFA VT Winter Conference returned to Burlington over the weekend following a COVID hiatus.

The conference, put on by the Northeast Organic Farming Association is a two-day weekend event where organic farmers, food system thinkers, and activists come together. to talk about an economically viable food and farming system for the future of Vermont.

Keynote speakers came to talk about how to keep Vermont’s agricultural systems alive. There were workshops like building farm labor and management skills to building biodiversity and ecological resilience on a farm.

Organizers say the goal is for people to make connections over the culture of Vermont’s agriculture. “This conference brings together farmers to talk to each other. It brings together people who make changes in the food system in other ways by what they eat or the work that they do to connect directly to those farmers. It really builds a sense of community,” said NOFA’s Grace Oedel.

Over 1,000 people showed up over the weekend, the biggest attendance they have had.