2021 Winter Conference

Join us January 16 – 23!

To keep our community safe, NOFA-NY will be hosting our 39th Annual Winter Conference virtually in 2021.

Year after year, the conference has been a place to connect with and support each other, share knowledge, create policy to support local and organic food, and celebrate the work of our farmers, gardeners, consumers, and businesses. The unprecedented challenges we are facing combined with the increased demand for organic practices, makes this need greater than ever and we are dedicated to providing these same opportunities in this new virtual format. We choose to extend the length of the conference from three days to a whole week – meaning fewer simultaneous workshops and events – giving you the opportunity to participate in even more than you would at the in-person conference!

The conference will feature:


Keynote Speaker: Laura Lengnick

Laura Lengnick is an award-winning soil scientist who has explored agricultural sustainability for more than 25 years as a researcher, policy-maker, educator, and farmer. Her work in soil quality and sustainable farming systems was nationally-recognized with a USDA Secretary’s Honor Award and she contributed to the 3rd National Climate Assessment as a lead author of the USDA report Climate Change and U.S. Agriculture: Effects and Adaptation. Laura led the academic program in sustainable agriculture at Warren Wilson College for more than a decade, where she also served as the Director of Sustainability Education, conducted research in sustainability assessment and holistic management, led energy descent action planning, and developed an innovative sustainable dining policy for the college.

In 2014, Laura left the college to launch Cultivating Resilience, LLC, a private consulting firm that works with organizations of all kinds to integrate resilience thinking into operations, assessment and strategic planning. She has led community-based climate resilience planning in New York and North Carolina and served on the lead author team of the Working Lands Action Plan included the 2020 North Carolina Climate Risk Assessment and Resilience Plan. Laura is a Visiting Professor at Clemson University and serves as the lead Resilience Partner for Foragable Community. The second edition of Laura’s award-winning book, Resilient Agriculture: Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing Climate (New Society Publishers, 2021), examines climate change, resilience and the future of food through the adaptation stories of 35 award-winning sustainable farmers and ranchers growing food across the U.S.

You can learn more about Laura and her work at www.cultivatingresilience.com


Third Biennial Northeast Organic Seed Conference

Hosted by NOFA-NY’s 2021 Winter Conference, the Third Biennial Northeast Organic Seed Conference will feature in-depth seed saving and plant breeding workshops for beginners and experts alike. Join us to share regional seed stories and traditions with other growers and build seed sovereignty and seed security for your community.


Sponsor the Conference

While we’ll miss our in-person gathering, we are excited that this virtual format expands our conference to a wider audience! We look forward to helping you connect with even more participants across the Northeast.

As a conference sponsor, you can reach both conference goers and NOFA-NY’s broader audience through our website, mobile conference app, digital conference program, email blasts, and eNews. Plus, we’ll be offering a virtual trade show so that you can reach new customers.

Whatever your budget, we have a range of promotional and advertising options available year-round.

Sponsor the Conference