Winter Conference

Healthy Soils, Healthy Plants, Healthy People

March 5, 2017, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Hope & Main, 691 Main Street, Warren, RI


with Potluck Lunch

Directions here.

The goal of the conference is to facilitate learning and sharing of information on all aspects of local, organic food production, marketing, and consumption. Our conference aims to create a gathering space that fosters collaboration between diverse groups of people, while also meeting the specific needs of these varied groups.

View a conference overview here. Workshop proposals are being reviewed for our 2017 Winter Conference. Workshop speakers and topics will be posted here as they are confirmed.



Julie Rawson & Jack Kitrredge

Julie Rawson & Jack Kittredge

Carbon Soil Restoration for Your Farm and Our Planet
Jack Kittredge and Julie Rawson of Many Hands Organic Farm and NOFA/Mass will discuss farming techniques that help soil continually build carbon while producing high quality yields. Practical tools and systems for growing will be covered, as well as a short summary of how carbon is built by soil biology. Jack and Julie will include information on low cost, real-time tests to analyze your progress in building soil carbon.

Jack and Julie have been certified organic farmers in Massachusetts since 1987 and are active in NOFA/Mass. They edit The Natural Farmer, NOFA’s quarterly regional newspaper.

Additional speaker and program details will be published as confirmed.


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.

Potluck Lunch

Share a delicious potluck meal. Please bring 5-8 servings to share. Limited refrigeration will be available. Suggested offerings by last name:

  • A – E  Snack/Appetizer
  • F – L  Salad/Side
  • M – R  Hot or Cold Entrée
  • S – Z  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.


Early registration discounts and volunteer workshares make this conference affordable for farmers, gardeners and consumers.


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