Over 40 organic farm, garden, food, and advocacy workshops to choose from during 4 sessions plus a keynote.

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Keynote: dave chapman

The Fight For Organic Integrity & What Savvy Organic Eaters Need To Know:
How the USDA Organic label has strayed from its origins, what that means to us, and how to identify foods grown with the original organic values.

In the last ten years, we have seen explosive growth in demand for organic food. Certified organic sales reached $50 billion in 2017. The very success of the National Organic Program has perhaps spelled its doom. We will try to understand what has happened to the National Organic Program (NOP), which has been the subject of a series of articles from the Washington Post exposing the failures of the USDA to protect organic integrity. As the NOP has redefined organic to suit the demands of corporate agriculture, the organic movement has woken up and begun a protest movement that continues to this day. The question is whether the National Organic Program and the organic movement are coming to a parting of the ways? As healthy soil becomes ever more significant in our ability to heal a broken water cycle and a warming planet, the need for leadership from the organic movement becomes critical. We will look at the fraud, the protests, how to identify truly organic growers, and try to understand what to do next to protect organic.

About Dave: Dave Chapman grew up on a dairy farm in Lancaster, PA and has farmed organically for the last 37 years with his wife Claudia on Long Wind Farm in East Thetford, VT. The farm has evolved from an oxen-powered field vegetable farm into a greenhouse vegetable operation specializing in (delicious) tomatoes. Their 2.5 acres of glass greenhouses shelter wonderfully rich soil on the banks of the Connecticut River. Dave was a founding member of the Vermont Organic Farmers and in 2017, he was given the ‘Farmer of the Year’ award at the NOFA Summer Conference for their farming achievements and his recent work fighting to “keep the soil” in organic, as defined by the National Organic Program. His advocacy work began four years ago when he was shocked to learn that many of the vegetables and berries being sold as organic were actually hydroponic products that are grown without any soil, at all. This led to his participation in the USDA Hydroponic Task Force, and to a checkered career as an opponent of the corporate takeover of the NOP. 


Professional Farmers and Growers

  • Pastured Pork for Profit
    Tom Truelove
  • A Tail of a No Till Transition: Stewarding the Livestock Underfoot
    Adam Squire
  • Tips and Tools for Organic Management of Vegetable Insect Pests
    Ana Legrand
  • Soil Fertility
    John Kenn
  • All about Grafting
    Dan Furman
  • Animal Welfare Best Practices for Your Flock
    Donna Simons
  • Pests and Diseases of Brassica Crops
    Joan Allen
  • Attracting Nature’s Pest Control: Natural Enemies and the Native Plants They Love
    Kim Eierman
  • Certified Organic Nutrient Dense Carbon Friendly Fruit
    Julie Rawson and Jack Kittredge
  • Top Ten: A Checklist for New Farm Owners
    Joan Nichols
  • Soil Fungal Inoculants Impacts on Crop Yield, Nutrition and Basil Downy Mildew
    Melody Wright
  • Silvopasture: Combine Trees, Grass, and Livestock in Useful Ways
    Eli Roberts
  • Common Vegetable Diseases and Their Management
    Yonghao Li
  • Integrating Pollinator Habitat into Your Farm
    Kim Stoner
  • Business Basics for Organic Farmers
    Chris Laughton
  • Growing Gourmet Mushrooms on a Diversified Farm
    Willie Crosby

Professional Landscapers

  • The Science, Art, Fun, and Tasty Fruit of Espalier
    Lee Reich
  • Lessons from Working with Forests, Trees and Beautiful Wood
    Bill Duesing
  • Using Yard Wastes to Benefit the Soil
    Aleksandra Moch

Home Growers and Gardeners

  • Lasagne Mulching
    Stuart Rabinowitz
  • How to Create a Gorgeous Pollinator Garden
    Mira Peck
  • Composting 101: Garden Quality Compost in 6 Weeks
    Celeste Johnson
  • Bringing Soil Back to Life with Worm Composting
    Monique Bosch
  • The Medicinal Uses of Common Garden Plants, Herbs and Wild Weeds
    Lauren Passero
  • Eat Your Weeds: Foraging Among Your Vegetable rows can yield healthful and delicious foods.
    Rachel Heerema
  • Practical Organic Gardening
    Mark Highland

Organic Consumers and Shoppers

  • Clues to Clever Organic Consumer Choices
    Liberty Goodwin
  • Eat Vegan with Me
    Mary Lawrence
  • Glyphosate Toxicity and Chronic Disease
    Brigitta Jansen
  • Lactofermentation
    Janna Sille
  • Connecticut Food Forests: The Current Landscape and a Look Ahead
    Adam Geriak
  • Winemaking At Home
    John Kri

Food Activists and Community Leaders

  • How to Start and Grow Your Organic Food Business
    Jim Verzino
  • Critical Information on the Prevention and Care of Lyme Disease
    Dr. Kenneth Hoffman
  • Pollinators and Pesticides: An Update
    Mary Wilson
  • The Genesis Story of Plants is the Origin of Organic
    Carole Barber
  • Fixing Our Food and Farm System through the Farm Bill and Beyond
    Ariana Taylor- Stanley
  • Partnering with the CT Dept of Agriculture
    Kip Kolesinskas
  • Connecting Institutions and Local Farms
    Ellie Youngblood

Youth: The Next Generation of Leaders and Eaters

  • Six Steps to Creating a Zero Food Waste School
    Daphne Dixon
  • Learning in the Garden: Education with Edible School Yards NOLA
    Sean Fernand Glenn
  • Wildly Profitable Marketing Tactics for Young Socialpreneurs
    CS Wurzberger
  • Youth Leadership in Agriculture at Common Ground HS
    Deborah Greig