NOFA-NY Events


Location: Holiday Inn Syracuse-Liverpool
Start Date: March 06, 2019
End Date: March 06, 2019
Start Time: 8:30 am
End Time: 5:00 pm

Save the date for NOFA-NY's 2019 Organic Dairy & Field Crop Conference!

Dairy Conference Save the Date

Our 8th annual Organic Dairy & Field Crop Conference will take place March 6, 2019 at the Holiday Inn Syracuse/Liverpool.

This one-day conference presents a unique networking opportunity for farmers, consumers, and vendors in the region, with a focus on soil health and diversification. Click here to register.

Want to connect with our conference attendees? Visit our Business Support page to learn more about options to advertise at or sponsor our 2019 Organic Dairy & Field Crop Conference, along with our other 2019 events.


ray archuleta  Ray Archuleta

Ray Archuleta is a Certified Professional Soil Scientist with the Soil Science Society of America and has over 30 years’ experience as a Soil Conservationist, Water Quality Specialist, and Conservation Agronomist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Ray received his AS degree in Livestock Science from Northern New Mexico College and a BS degree in Agricultural Biology plus 30 hours of graduate work in soil related courses from New Mexico State University. After his retirement from the NRCS in 2017, Ray founded Soil Health Consultants, LLC, and Soil Health Academy, to teach Biomimicry strategies and Agroecology principles for improving soil function on a national scale. Ray owns and operates a 150-acre farm near Seymour, Missouri that he operates along with his wife and family.

gabe brown  Gabe Brown

Gabe Brown is one of the pioneers of the current soil health movement which focuses on the regeneration of our resources. Gabe, his wife Shelly, and their son Paul own and operate a diversified 5,000 acre farm and ranch near Bismarck, ND. The Browns holistically integrate their grazing and no-till cropping systems, which include a wide variety of cash crops, multi-species cover crops along with all natural grass finished beef and lamb. They also raise pastured laying hens, broilers and swine. This diversity and integration has regenerated the natural resources on the ranch without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and fungicides. Over 2,000 people visit the Brown's Ranch annually to see this unique operation. They have had visitors from all 50 states and 17 foreign countries. Gabe is one of the partners at Soil Health Consultants, LLC, and a founder of Soil Health Academy. He is the author of Dirt to Soil: One Family’s Journey into Regenerative Agriculture.

Francis Thicke headshot  Francis Thicke

Francis Thicke, with his wife Susan, is the owner and operator of an organic dairy and crop farm near Fairfield, Iowa. They process their milk on the farm and market organic dairy products through local grocery stores and restaurants. They are also experimenting with innovative regenerative grazing and cropping practices on their farm. Francis has a Ph.D. in agronomy/soil fertility and has in the past served as the National Program Leader for Soil Science for the USDA-Extension Service.



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Location: Saratoga Hilton & City Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
Start Date: January 18, 2019
End Date: January 20, 2019
Start Time: 7:00 am
End Time: 1:00 pm
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NOFA-NY’s annual Winter Conference will take place January 18-20, 2019, at the Saratoga Hilton & City Center in Saratoga Springs, NY. One of the largest conferences in the region, the NOFA-NY 2019 Winter Conference will feature over 100 educational workshops across 13 tracks. The theme of this year's conference is “Climate of Change.”

The Winter Conference Keynote Speaker will be Leah Penniman, Co-Director & Program Manager of Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, New York. Leah is the author of the forthcoming book,  Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land .

Concurrent with our Winter Conference, NOFA-NY is honored to host the Second Biennial Northeast Organic Seed Conference. The Seed Conference will offer an in-depth look at plant breeding and seed saving practices throughout the Northeast.

Visit to check out the workshop schedule, entertainment, children's conference, and more! 

Register Here