NOFA-NY's 2022 Winter Conference

Event Details


January 18 - January 23, 2022




Farmer of the Year Keynote Address
Live Spanish Interpretation

Tuesday, January 18 from 10:00 am - 11:15 am EST

Zaid Kurdieh, managing partner of Norwich Meadows Farm has amassed more than 35 years working in the agriculture industry in different capacities. While pursuing an MBA from the University of South Dakota, Zaid simultaneously worked for the USDA and Farmers Home Administration as an agricultural management specialist. Following that chapter, he did some graduate study work in agricultural economics at Kansas State University. In the fall of 1996, Zaid then took a position with Cornell Cooperative Extension as a farm business specialist where he worked closely with farmers and other agricultural businesses assisting them with planning, analysis, and marketing. In 1998, Zaid and his partners decided to start Norwich Meadows Farm to produce and provide certified organic fruits and vegetables to the market. What started as a two-acre farm has grown into a 230+ acre business, with 180 high tunnels and 50+ employees. During peak season, Norwich Meadows Farm is present at eleven farmer's markets each week, has 600+ CSA members and supplies more than 200 high-end restaurants in addition to wholesale customers. Zaid was also a member of the faculty at SUNY Morrisville, Norwich campus, teaching business statistics for two and a half years. He has also contributed as a speaker at Farm AID and several agricultural conferences and symposiums. He is also a board member of Chef's for Impact, a non-profit aimed at empowering people and connecting communities to make sustainable food decisions through media, programs, and advocacy.

Cider, Farming, Collaboration, and Reparations
Presented by Eve's Cidery, Redbyrd Orchard Cider, Open Spaces Cider, and Quarter Acre for the People
Thursday, January 20 from 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm EST

Eve's Cidery, Redbyrd Orchard Cider, and Open Spaces Cider produce small batch hard cider on their farms and through foraging. Over the past 20 years of farming, they have recognized that true regenerative agriculture includes organic and biodynamic practices, but must reach further into equity, justice, and reparations. With their land access partner Quarter Acre for the People, they explore reparations twice yearly through a collaborative cider package. In the conference workshop, they will share their farming and business philosophies and tune into opportunities for making reparations. Participants can sign up for a reparations cider package to be mailed after the conference and then join them for a virtual tasting in late February! 

Open Mic Night
Hosted by Milo Petruziello of OEFFA
Thursday, January 20 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EST

Share your artistic side with your community during this very special open mic night. Songs, poems, stories, and skits are welcome. Upon accessing the virtual conference website, participants will be able to sign up for spots on a first-come, first-served basis until all the spaces are filled.

Virtual Witness to Injustice
Presented by residents of the Onondaga Nation and Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation (NOON) 
Saturday, January 22 from 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm EST

This unique interactive group teaching is used to foster truth, understanding, and respect between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples and is led by both residents of the Onondaga Nation and members of NOON. The exercise helps individuals to learn the true, untold history of the indigenous people of North America including colonization and the injustices Indigenous peoples experience then and still today. 

Handmade Pasta Class
Presented by Chef Andrea Belfiore of EVÈNTO
Saturday, January 22 from 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm EST

In this class, you'll learn all the steps to make traditional pasta without the use of any tools except for your hands! Pasta making is truly an art form that takes years to master, but only an hour or so to get the hang of. Bring the whole family to enjoy this interactive event. And don't forget to get the ingredients!


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Upcoming Events

Organic Farmer-to-Farmer Meetings

April 4, 2023 : NYCO Field Crop Meeting
Geneva, NY

NYCO's field crops meeting has been rescheduled to April 4th, 2023 from 9 am - 1 pm. This meeting is free for all farmers to attend and participants are encouraged to bring a dish to pass for lunch. 

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This three-week workshop series for livestock-based businesses will be held online. It is specifically targeted at existing meat, fiber, small ruminant dairy, or other livestock value-added processing businesses. A team of Cornell Cooperative Extension Educators will provide tools to assess your existing business and to assist in understanding options for business expansion or transfer. The workshop series will also be of benefit to livestock value-added business startups and is of relevance to both owners and employees in management positions. 

Business Planning for Beginning Farmers

April 10, 2023
Jamestown, NY

Business plans for farms are often viewed as yet another chore to do and usually result in dusty binders taking up space on the office shelf. This discussion based workshop will walk you through the mental exercise of planning your future agricultural adventures. Participants will leave with a better understanding of the use of a business plan, the essential components, and a "to-do" list of things to think about to inform future planning efforts. Additional opportunities for one-on-one follow up will also be offered. FSA Borrower credits may be made available for your attendance. This workshop will be taught by Katelyn Walley-Stoll, Team Leader and Farm Business Management Specialist from the Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Program with Cornell Cooperative Extension. She is a graduate of Cornell University with a degree in Animal Science and Ag Business Management, and owns and operates a diversified livestock farm.

$5 per person REGISTER


Heavy Snow Load Removal For Your Barns

Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY Dairy Environmental Systems offers guidance for heavy snow removal in two resources: Heavy Snow Loads and Do's and Don'ts for Barn Snow Removal.