Winter Conference Tickets on Sale!
We've updated the Winter Conference pages with registration, sponsorship and advertising information! Join us at the 24th Annual Organic Food & Agriculture Conference at the Warner Student Life Center on the Brookdale Community College campus in Lincroft, NJ on January 25 & 26. With two prestigious keynote speakers, wonderful pre-conference workshops and excellent sessions - the event will be better than ever; get your tickets now and take advantage of the $10 Early Bird Discount, which expires on December 20! More info here.
Winter Conference Scholarships Available
There are fifty $100 scholarships available to beginning farmers for our Winter Conference! Farmers who have been operating for less than 10 years can apply to receive a $100 discount on a 2-day Winter Conference ticket; applications are being accepted until December 13, 2013. A limited number of scholarships are also available for Dr. Elaine Ingham's pre-conference workshop - a 50% discount on the registration price! Visit the Winter Conference page for the 2-day ticket scholarship and the Scholarships page for the pre-conference discount.
Food Safety Comment Period extended to 11/22
The comment period for the purposed food safety regulations is open until November 22. This rule impacts how certain foods are produced, labelled and sold - to learn more, visit the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition's food safety website.
Labor Law Webinar
Join Kenneth Miller, of Law for Food, for a live webinar presentation that will help you figure out the legal implications of having a workforce. There are specific labor laws that affect how farmers should frame their farm's employment program - familiarize yourself with different labor terminology (intern, independent contractor, volunteer and employee) and the caveats of hosting apprentices. This is a live webinar that requires access to a computer and an internet connection. More Info here.
Explore your "Small Farm Dream" with us - FULL
Our fall offering of Exploring the Small Farm Dream is completely full, but don't worry - we're planning two winter offerings to help you figure out if your farming dreams can become a reality! Join Jess Niederer, owner and operator of Chickadee Creek Farm, at Exploring the Small Farm Dream, a short course developed with the New England Small Farm Institute, to figure out if farming is right for you. For career changers looking to the next frontier, for farm apprentices considering their own start-up business, or for a hobbyist looking to become profitable, the Explorer class is intended to bridge the gap between ideas and action. Whether your vision includes making goat cheese, starting a vegetable CSA, selling cut flowers, growing rare tomato varieties or running a pastured poultry operation, this course will give you the tools to start making that dream come true. The class location and dates are still being planned..