HILLSBOROUGH, N.J. — The 29th annual NOFA-NJ Winter Conference will take place Jan. 26–27 at the Rutgers University Douglass Student Center, 100 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey offers this conference toward the end of each January as an opportunity to educate the public, gardeners and farmers at all skill levels on topics relating to regenerative organic agriculture and our food system.
The theme for the 2019 Winter Conference is “Collaborate, Regenerate, Celebrate!” emphasizing the opportunities for positive change through building community and sharing information on regenerative agriculture. WC19 will offer more than 50 workshops organized into five tracks: Business, Crops, Gardening, Livestock and Policy. The workshop leaders include several internationally and nationally-recognized speakers.
Saturday’s keynote, Carey Gillam, is the author of Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science, winner of the 2018 Rachel Carson Environment Book Award, the 2018 Independent Publisher Book of the Year, the Thorpe Menn Literary Excellence Award and other accolades. Gillam is an investigative journalist with more than 25 years of experience covering food and agricultural issues. She is considered a top expert on glyphosate’s impact on our environment and our health, earning the praise of numerous leaders in the environmental movement. Sunday’s keynotes, David Montgomery and Anne Biklé, have authored several titles, including MacArthur Fellow Montgomery’s most recent Growing a Revolution, a hopeful and inspiring work on the promise of regenerative practices.
Detailed information on workshops, speakers and registration is available at https://nofanj.org/winter-conference/. Everyone is welcome to attend, regardless of experience — there will be something for everyone. Business owners will want to attend workshops on bookkeeping, accounting and recent changes to New Jersey’s employment law. Consumers and environmentalists will want to hear about the success and momentum of constitutional environmentalism from Maya van Rossum and about Dan Kittredge’s work to bring nutrient dense food to all. Gardeners and farmers won’t want to miss sessions that discuss organic no-till from such luminaries as Bryan O’Hara and Lee Reich.
NOFA-NJ is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to support regenerative organic food and agriculture in New Jersey through education, technical assistance and policy action. For more information, visit https://nofanj.org/.
— Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey