Registration open for NOFA-NJ Winter Conference

AFP Correspondent

LINCROFT (Nov. 15, 2016) — Registration opened Nov. 1 for the Northeast Organic Farming Association-New Jersey Winter Conference.
Now in its 27th year, the conference moves back to the Rutgers-Douglass Student Center in New Brunswick after several years at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft.
It will be held Saturday, Jan. 28 and Sunday, Jan. 29.
The conference traditionally attracts more than 500 farmers, gardeners, policy-makers and consumers.
Federal and state agencies as well as businesses will set up display tables with items for exhibit and sale.
Some will offer technical demonstrations.
The exhibition area also provides space for networking.
NOFA-NJ will offer more than 50 workshops and hands-on intensive programs.
Several new offerings will be on the calendar for Sunday, including:
• Intensive no-till organic vegetables;
• Organic strawberry production and breeding from the folks who breed the Rutgers Scarlet tomato;
• Tool demonstration from Johnny’s Selected Seeds, an employee-owned company from Winslow, Maine, in a production hoop house;
• Get Up and Move, a class in movement techniques to keep your body farming and gardening through old age; and
• Panel discussion on carbon farming and urban agriculture.
The 2017 keynote speaker will be Jean-Martin Fortier, a farmer and author of “The Market Gardener.” Fortier runs Jardins de la Gielinette, an internationally-recognized 10-acre micro garden in Quebec.
The philosophy of the micro garden is “grow better, not bigger to optimize the cropping system.
Fortier teaches at Kripalu Schools, an institute that specializes in yoga training.