Many national and regional organic trade organizations have busy schedules set for the next few months. Here’s a look at some of their upcoming activities.

  • Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut, Derby, Conn., is planning a grower mixer that is open to the public on Dec. 11 at Two Roads Brewing Co., Stratford, Conn., said Eileen Hochberg, executive director.
  • The 10th Getting Started in Organic Farming Conference is set for Jan. 24 at Connecticut College, New London, and the 33rd annual winter conference is scheduled for March 7 at Western Connecticut State University, Danberry.
  • The website “Healthy Farms, Healthy Food Healthy People” — ctnofa.org/HealthyFarms.html — provides a wealth of information for anyone looking for organic or locally grown food in Connecticut, Hochberg said. “It compiles a lot of good information in one place.”
  • Northeast Organic Farming Association/Massachusetts, Barre, Mass., is planning a Dec. 4 seminar addressing dietary interventions to address autism and neuro-degenerative disease at Bristol Community College, Fall River, Mass. Treatments discussed will focus on nutritional approaches to provide excellent quality nutrition using organic and whole foods, said Julie Rawson, executive director. And on Jan. 10, the association will hold its winter conference at Worcester State University, Worcester, Mass. More than 60 workshops and exhibits are planned as well as a children’s conference that will provide “a lively, interactive way for kids to get educated.” Finally, a soil and nutrition conference is set for Feb. 11-12 in Northhampton. For information, visit nofamass.org.
  • Organic Trade Association, Brattleboro, Vt., regularly sends staff members to participate in events throughout the country, said Barbara Haumann, senior writer and editor. For instance, Gwendolyn Wyard, OTA’s regulatory director of organic standards and food safety, will speak on “Organic Non-GMO and So Much More” at the Natural Products Show SOHO Expo on Dec. 4-7 in Orlando, Fla. Another event for the organic industry will be the Organicology — How to Market Organic workshop, in early February in Portland, Ore., she said.
  • Pennsylvania State University extension presents the fifth-annual, two-day Organic Vegetable Production Intensive Dec. 11 and 12 in Easton, Pa. The advanced grower track will focus on farm success and take an in-depth look at profitable farms with different marketing models. Expert farmer presentations and discussions will focus on factors contributing to farm profitability, including labor management, marketing, production efficiencies, infrastructure and equipment. The production track will focus this year on ecological disease management. Experts will provide the latest research on systems based management for bacterial diseases of onions and tomatoes, soil borne diseases, late blight and downy mildew. For information contact Tianna DuPont at tdupont@psu.edu.
  • Pennsylvania Certified Organic, Spring Mills, Pa., is a supporter of Growing Pennsylvania’s Organic Farms winter conference for organic producers, said Lee Rinehart, director of education and outreach. Speakers will be on hand for the special educational farm conference focused on advanced organic vegetable, crop and livestock production Dec. 9-10 at the Sheraton Inn, Harrisburg, Pa., he said. The conference includes in-depth presentations and forums on organic farming issues with university speakers, certified organic farmers and farm industry representatives dedicated to organic production, Rinehart said. Session topics include fruits, vegetables, soil health, pest control, transitioning to organic production and becoming certified through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program. For information, call Darlene Livingston at 717-705-2121.