Thursday, October 20, 2016

NOFA Annual Gathering 2016 Event Posting

NOFA Annual Gathering 2016

Biodiversity in the Landscape 

Friday, December 9, 2016

8:00am - 3:30pm
Aqua Turf Club, Southington, CT

Register today for our 11th Annual Gathering for Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals (AOLCPs) and anyone who loves natural and sustainable land care practices!  Get informed on the latest news and practices from our guest speakers, network with other professionals, and immerse yourself in this year's theme, Biodiversity in the Landscape, to discover how we can create and nurture diverse landscapes that support our pollinators and wildlife.
Early bird ends Nov 9th!
Register Online HERE or Call 203-308-2584
AOLCPs and NOFA members: $110/ Non-members $120
After Nov 9, $135 member/ $145 non-member
Register 3 or more: $100 each ticket

Meet Our Keynote Speaker

Catherine Zimmerman, AOLCP
Keynote address: Creating Habitat Heroes Across the Nation

Certified horticulturist, landscape designer, author, award-winning director of photography and producer of the documentary film Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home


Catherine Zimmerman, an award-winning director of photography, celebrates her 41st year as a documentary filmmaker, working primarily on education and environmental issues. Catherine's latest film release, Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home, is a collaboration with Dr. Douglas Tallamy.  The documentary explores how and why native plants are critical to the survival and vitality of local eco-systems,and tells inspiring stories of habitat heroes across the country who are working to bring back nature in their hometowns. Go to Catherine's new website to see the movie trailer!
In 2010 Catherine published Urban & Suburban Meadows, Bringing Meadowscaping to Big and Small Spaces. The book is a stunning and enticing introduction to meadowscaping that encourages readers do away with pesticides, reduce lawn and return their land to a beautiful, natural habitat for native plants and wildlife. The companion video was produced in 2012.

Catherine hopes her projects will help fire up the movement toward making natural landscapes the new landscaping norm. She is looking forward to addressing an audience of change-makers at the 11th Annual Gathering, a group who can continue to spread her messages to homeowners and land managers.

Meet Our Guest Speakers

Linda Walczak
Julie Snell

Linda Walczak and
Julie Snell 

TEND Landscape, Inc., Philadelphia, PA

"Biodiversity in Urban Gardens-Opportunities and Challenges"

Diane St. John

Diane St. John
Natureworks Organic Garden Center
Northford, CT

"Nurturing Monarchs-One Butterfly at a Time"

Karen Bussolini

 Karen Bussolini
Garden Writer & Photographer, Kent, CT

"The Year-Round Pollinator Garden"

John Campanelli

John Campanelli
UCONN, Storrs, CT

"Native Plant Mixes for Borders and Roadways"

Kim Stoner
 Dr. Kim Stoner, Entomologist
 Connecticut Ag. Experiment Station
 New Haven, CT
"Increasing Pollinators by Increasing Plant Diversity"

Conference Venue: Aqua Turf Club in Southington, CT

556 Mulberry St, Southington, CT 06479

Click here for directions

Sponsorship, Exhibitor, Advertising, and Raffle Opportunities - We have room for you!

We are sold out of Gold Sponsorships and only have few Silver Sponsorships left. We still have exhibitor tables for $300, which include one ticket. To learn more about becoming a Silver Sponsor or exhibitor, please call 203-308-2584 or email

We are accepting raffle donations, which are a great way to expose your business to potential customers! Act now if you'd like your business to participate by contacting

Thank you to our Premium OLC Sponsors for supporting us Year-Round!

Thank you to our Annual Gathering Sponsors, for supporting this important event!
Gold Sponsors- Organic Plant Magic, Compostwerks and Osborne Organics!


Silver Sponsors - Frank Crandall Horticultural Solutions and Green Earth Ag& Turf