Schedule  Saturday, March 10, 2018 

Workshop Tracks

  • Professional Farmers
  • Professional Growers
  • Professional Landscapers
  • Home Growers and Gardeners
  • Organic Consumers
  • Food Activists and Community Leaders
  • Youth: The Next Generation of Eaters 


6:45 - 7:00 am          Volunteer Registration
7:00 - 8:00 am          Vendor Set Up
8:00 - 9:00 am          Shopping & Registration Opens
9:00 - 10:00 am        Workshop Session #1
10:00 - 10:30 am      Shopping Break
10:30 - 11:30 am      Workshop Session #2
11:30 - 1:00 pm        Lunch Shifts Begin
1:00 – 2:15 pm         Keynote & Special Guests
2:15 – 2:30 pm         Shopping Break
2:30 - 3:30 pm          Workshop Session #3
3:30 – 4:00 pm         Final Shopping Break & Raffle Drawing
4:00 - 5:00 pm          Workshop Session #4

For more details, check out the OrganiConn Program.

9:00 am to 10:00 am

Workshop Session 1

  • Business Basics for Organic Farmers with Chris Laughton
  • FSMA Compliance for Exempt Producers and Processors with Vickie Smith
  • Common Vegetable Diseases and Their Management with Yonghao Li
  • Raising Chickens Right: Best Management Practices For Small Farms and Backyard Flocks with Donna Simons
  • Lessons from Working with Forests, Trees and Beautiful Wood with Bill Duesing
  • The Medicinal Uses of Common Garden Plants, Herbs and Wild Weeds with Lauren Passero
  • Pastured Pork for Profit with Tom Truelove
  • How to Create a Gorgeous Pollinator Garden with Mira Peck
  • CTCORE Food Justice Guide with Isa Mujahid
  • Clues to Clever Organic Consumer Choices with Liberty Goodwin
  • Youth Leadership in Agriculture at Common Ground HS with Deborah Greig

10:30 am to 11:30 am

Workshop Session 2

  • Attracting Nature’s Pest Control: Natural Enemies and the Native Plants They Love with Kim Eierman
  • Integrating Pollinator Habitat into Your Farm with Kim Stoner
  • All About Grafting with Dan Furman
  • Silvopasture: Combine Trees, Grass, and Livestock in Useful Ways with Eli Roberts
  • Practical Organic Gardening with Mark Highland
  • Eat Your Weeds: Foraging Among Your Vegetable Rows with Rachel Heerema
  • Lasagne Mulching with Stuart Rabinowitz
  • Composting 101: Garden Quality Compost in 6 Weeks with Celeste Johnson
  • Fixing Our Food and Farm System through the Farm Bill and Beyond with Ariana Taylor-Stanley
  • Pollinators and Pesticides: An Update with Mary Wilson
  • Learning in the Garden: Education with Edible School Yards NOLA with Sean Fernand Glenn

2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Workshop Session 3

  • Top Ten: A Checklist for New Farm Owners with Joan Nichols
  • Tips and Tools for Organic Management of Vegetable Insect Pests with Ana Legrand
  • Pests and Diseases of Brassica Crops with Joan Allen
  • A Tail of a No Till Transition: Stewarding the Livestock Underfoot with Adam Squire 
  • Certified Organic Nutrient Dense Carbon Friendly Fruit with Julie Rawson and Jack Kittredge  
  • Glyphosate Toxicity and Chronic Disease with Brigitta Jansen
  • Growing Gourmet Mushrooms on a Diversified Farm with Willie Crosby
  • Bringing Soil Back to Life with Worm Composting with Monique Bosch
  • Partnering with the CT Dept of Agriculture with Kip Kolesinskas
  • Connecting Institutions and Local Farms with Ellie Youngblood
  • Six Steps to Creating a Zero Food Waste School with Daphne Dixon

4:00 PM to 5:00 pm

Workshop Session 4

  • Soil Fungal Inoculants Impacts on Crop Yield, Nutrition and Basil Downy Mildew with Melody Wright
  • Soil Fertility with John Kenny
  • Using Yard Wastes to Benefit the Soil with Aleksandra Moch
  • Connecticut Food Forests: The Current Landscape and A Look Ahead with Adam Geriak
  • Winemaking At Home with John Kriz
  • Critical Information on the Prevention and Care of Lyme Disease with Dr. Kenneth Hoffman
  • The Science, Art, Fun, and Tasty Fruit of Espalier with Lee Reich
  • Lactofermentation with Janna Siller
  • How to Start and Grow Your Organic Food Business with Jim Verzino
  • Eat Vegan with Me with Mary Lawrence
  • Wildly Profitable Marketing Tactics for Young Socialpreneurs with CS Wurzberger