Winter Conference


March 5, 2017, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Hope & Main, 691 Main Street, Warren, RI
Potluck Lunch



Scholarships are available by contacting NOFA/RI at

Become a Member or renew your Membership here.

Our Conference Schedule at a Glance

Plus BeeKeeping 101 with Liyeng Peng,
Growing & Storing Winter Greens with Ashley Loehr, of Sparrowbush Farm, NY,
Pastured Livestock,
Organic Certification & More!

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of RI (N O F A / R I) Winter Conference is our largest educational and fundraising event of the year.  The Conference will feature a full day of workshops with nationally recognized speakers in organic and sustainable agriculture as well as influential speakers from across Rhode Island and southeast New England, networking sessions, our annual meeting and a delicious potluck meal. This year’s Winter Conference has something for everyone, be they a gardener, farmer or fan of organic foods.

Thank you to our generous sponsors, Hope & Main and the RI Department of Environmental Management (RI DEM) Division of Agriculture.

Hope & Main is a value-added, commercial kitchen incubator with a large meeting space for 150+ attendees and smaller rooms for concurrent sessions. A generous lobby will hold a trade show with vendors and exhibitors. Morning and mid-day coffee and tea will be provided. Conference participants are invited to bring a food or beverage item to share for our potluck lunch.

N O F A / R I is dedicated to supporting organic and sustainable food, farming, and gardening in Rhode Island through education, technical assistance and policy advocacy. N O F A / R I is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

We look forward to seeing you at the Winter Conference.


This conference is made possible by our generous sponsors: the RI Department of Environmental Management’s Division of Agriculture via a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant and our conference host Hope & Main

Learn how to become a sponsor and see your name and logo here.
RI DEM & Hope & Main logos

NOFA AOLCP Continuing Education Credits

Reaccreditation Credits will be sought for NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals (AOLCP). Please print and bring your reaccreditation form for speaker signatures. The form is available here.


Exhibitor spaces are available. Exhibitor booths include Conference admission for one person with the company or organization as well as a table and chair. Exhibitors are invited to bring a potluck item to share for lunch.  Please complete the attached form.   Contact Jan Martin with questions at or call (401) 569-8341.

Potluck Lunch

Share a delicious potluck meal. Please bring 5-8 servings to share. Limited refrigeration will be available. Suggested offerings of snack or appetizer, salad or side dish, hot or cold entrée, or dessert.

NOFA/RI Annual Meeting

Join us for our Annual Meeting. Hear about our programs and efforts in 2016 and our plans for the coming year.


Registration is now open. Our goal is to make this conference affordable for farmers, gardeners and consumers, scholarships are available by contacting NOFA/RI at


Volunteers are needed for set-up and break down, parking, check-in, lunch and miscellaneous chores during the event.  Offer your help by contacting NOFA/RI at