A Message From Our Executive Director
In January 2019, NOFA-NY will hold our 37th Annual Organic Farming and Gardening Conference! This year’s theme—Climate of Change—recognizes the ever-changing world in which we live. It is not only climate change, but also changing markets, changing policies, and a changing understanding of how we relate to the earth and each other. This theme explores how we can remain resilient as an organic community. Our parallel Seed Conference will teach us how to exist as a truly self-sustaining, full circle.
This year, we are thrilled to have Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm as the keynote speaker! Leah has embraced the change we seek both on her farm and through her political activism. She will share her journey and her vision to achieve racial justice in the food system. We are also honored to have the conference open with Ken Greene of Hudson Valley Seed Company and Rowen White of Sierra Seeds.
Our Farmers of the Year are Fred and Karen Lee of Sang Lee Farms. The Lee family realized the need for change when they saw that cheap food imports were undercutting their prices as food became a commodity on the global marketplace. They revamped their business model and became certified organic by NOFA-NY in 2007. The transformation has been extremely successful and Sang Lee Farms is one of the highest quality farms on Long Island.
Additional speakers will provide well-rounded information on how to farm, garden, and eat in our ever-changing environment and our 13 workshop tracks will provide introductory-level to advanced-level information on everything from beekeeping to marketing to the Farm Bill to organic certification.
The children’s conference is packed with fun-filled events the kids will love. Our entertainment schedule features The Local Farmers Union (new this year) in addition to some of our favorites—The Russet Trio, Fern Bradley hosting the contra dance, and a Friday night DJ. As always, our conference strives to inspire, inform, and provide an opportunity for networking, reciprocal teaching, and learning. We hope to see you there!