The NOFA Vermont Winter Conference is being held at the University of Vermont in Burlington February 13 to 15 with over 100 workshops.

This year’s conference theme, “Our Soil, Our Health”, was developed in recognition of how the quality of the soil affects the quality of our food and its fundamental ability to nourish us. On the heels of the United Nation’s 2015 International Year of Soils, the organizers of the Winter Conference want to elevate the discussion of the linkage between soil health, plant health, ecosystem health, and human health.  This theme will be addressed throughout the conference – in our keynote addresses, workshops, and a featured film The Symphony of the Soil.

NOFA Vermont is featuring two keynote speakers from Vermont at the conference this year: Heather Darby, who will address Saturday’s focus on soils, and Guido Masé, who will address Sunday’s focus on health. Heather is a certified organic farmer from Alburgh, Vermont and an Agronomic and Soils Specialist at the University of Vermont. Guido Masé is a clinical herbalist, herbal educator at the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism in Montpelier, and garden steward specializing in holistic Western herbalism.

Early registration for the conference is offered at a discounted rate until February 4 with additional discounts for NOFA Vermont members and volunteers.