(LINCROFT, NJ) ― The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey (NOFA-NJ) is holding their 25th Anniversary Winter Conference, an organic food and farming conference, on Saturday and Sunday, January 24 and 25, at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, NJ. The conference features tracks in food and nutrition, beginning farming, homesteading, advanced/technical farming, business skills, gardening, and community. The Winter Conference has something for everyone, whether you’re a foodie, farmer, or fan of organic.
Saturday’s Keynote Presenter will be Mark Smallwood, executive director of the Rodale Institute, who will be speaking on Rodale Institute’s recently released white paper entitled “Regenerative Organic Agriculture and Climate Change.”
“We are at the most critical moment in the history of our species, as man-made changes to the climate threaten humanity’s security on earth,” stated Smallwood. “But, there is a technology for massive planetary geo-engineering that is tried and tested and available for widespread dissemination right now. It costs little and is adaptable to local contexts the world over. It can be rolled out tomorrow providing multiple benefits beyond climate stabilization. The solution is farming.”
Smallwood continued, “Simply put, we could sequester more than 100 percent of current annual carbon dioxide emissions with a switch to widely available and inexpensive organic management practices, which we term ‘regenerative organic agriculture.’”
On Sunday, an Oxford style debate on GMO technology entitled “GMOs Have an Adverse Effect on Human Health and the Environment” will be held as a general session. Featured presenters include Michael Hansen, senior staff scientist at Consumers Union; Sheldon Krimsky, professor of Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning in the School of Arts & Sciences and adjunct professor in Public Health and Family Medicine in the School of Medicine at Tufts University; Bradley Hillman, professor at Rutgers University, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and senior associate director at the NJ Agricultural Experimental Station; and Xenia Morin, associate dean and liaison for Sponsored Programs, Office of Grants Facilitation at Rutgers University and author of ‘Public Perceptions of Labeling Genetically Modified Foods.’
Pre-conference workshops will be held on Friday, January 23rd, and include speakers Sally Fallon Morell, president of the Weston A. Price Foundation and author of “Nourishing Traditions” and Dan Kittredge, Executive Director of the Bionutrient Food Association. Sally Fallon Morell will be giving a six hour intensive entitled ‘Nourishing Traditional Diets – The Key to Vibrant Health,’ which will showcase the underlying factors in a variety of traditional diets that conferred freedom from disease on so-called primitive populations. Dan Kittredge will present ‘The Farm as an Ecosystem,’ which will cover nutrient density through organic growing for consumers and livestock, as well as animal nutrition and livestock health, and creating landscapes.
NOFA-NJ is dedicated to supporting sustainable food and agriculture throughout New Jersey. Membership includes farmers, gardeners, chefs, retailers, land care professionals, policy makers, researchers, educators, and food lovers. NOFA-NJ believes sustainable agriculture addresses the environmental, economic, and social impacts of the food system and requires agricultural systems to be ecologically sensitive. Their focus is to educate, develop and support the production, preparation and distribution of locally grown and sustainable foods in New Jersey.
Conference and pre-conference tickets are being sold online until January 16; walk-in registrations are subject to an additional $25 processing fee. To learn more about the conference, including online registration, and NOFA-NJ in general, visit www.nofanj.org.