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Organic farmers winter conference offers 32 workshop


Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey hosts its 30th annual Winter Conference Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Rutgers Douglass Student Center in New Brunswick, N.J.

Protecting and restoring soil is the topic of the conference, which features a lineup of national and internationally recognized speakers.

Speakers include Bob Quinn and Liz Carlisle, co-authors of the “Grain by Grain,” which describes Quinn’s quest to grow an ancient variety of wheat on his organic farm in Montana; Joseph Heckman, professor of soil science at Rutgers University; and Jen Salinetti, the co-owner of a farm in Massachusetts that uses regenerative, no-till farming practices.

NOFA-NJ is again bringing back the Business Track, one of five tracks at WC20; the others are Crops, Gardening, Livestock, Health and Policy.

For farmers and home gardeners, the Winter Conference has 32 workshops ranging from growing organic hemp to selling produce at urban farmers markets, from fermenting your own fertilizer to making botanical remedies from weeds and wild plants.

“There are four time slots, with eight workshops going on in every time slot,” said Mike Rassweiler, president of the Northeast Organic Farming Association.

To register and see a full schedule of workshops, go to For information, call 908-371-1111.

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