Thursday, January 3, 2013

Organic food conference set for Saratoga Springs

SARATOGA SPRINGS -- The organic food movement continues to grow even in the face of some recent surveys that have shown the term is, in some cases, very loosely used and not terribly pertinent.

One organization that is quite pertinent, however, is the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY), which will host its 31st annual conference January 25-27.

The schedule has been drawn up to appeal to home gardeners, farmers and environmentally conscious cooks to be exposed to teaching sessions on all things organic, meetings the farmers, learning how to brew beer, and numerous other workshops and information sessions.

Keynote speakers will include Shinji Hashimoto, who has been farming organically since 1989 and leads Japan's Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farmers association, and Scott Chaskey, a poet, educator, conservationist and community farmer who directed one of the first CSAs in the country, Quail Hill Farm, located on the South Fork of Long Island.

Registration may be handled online or by calling 271-1979. The cost is $315 per person for the full three-day event. The venue is the Saratoga Hilton at City Center, 534 Broadway.

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