The Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Summer Conference
NOFA will hold its 40th annual NOFA Summer Conference on August 8-10 at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. This is the largest annual conference on organic growing in the Northeast, with over 1,200 attendees.
About the Conference
People from a wide range of ages, backgrounds, and experiences will gather to share ideas and inspiration to transform our food system and communities.
This three day event offers participants over 150 workshops on farming, gardening, land care, nutrition, and food politics, as well as farm tours, 100 exhibitors and vendors, a country fair, and live entertainment. Friday will feature four intensive pre-conferences, a performance tribute to Pete Seeger, as well as several engaging films. The conference is a family-friendly event, with age-appropriate and fun workshops for children and teens.
The Saturday evening keynote will be given by Elaine Ingham, soils specialist, scientist, and researcher teaching farmers to foster soil microbial life. As a trained microbiologist, she brings a unique perspective to this work.
2014 workshop tracks include the following: Beginning Farmer Track, Cooperatives Track, Dowsing Track, Draft Horse Track, Organic Land Care Track, Permaculture Track, and Soil Carbon and Climate Track.
People from a wide range of ages, backgrounds, and experiences will gather to share ideas and inspiration on ways to transform our food system and communities. The conference is a family-friendly event, with age-appropriate and fun workshops for children and teens.
Most workshops are held in and around the UMass Amherst campus. Participants generally select on-campus housing, and reside in the UMass dormitories for the duration of their stay. Camping on the UMass property is also available.
Friday, August 8: Pre-conferences on "Changing Dirt into Soil"; "Tools for Resilient Urban Ecosystems"; "Healing Autoimmunity with Naturopathic Medicine"; and "Stocking the Home Apothecary with Locally Abundant Herbs".
Saturday & Sunday, August 9-10: 150+ adult workshops on organic farming, gardening, land care, draft animals, homesteading, sustainability, nutrition, food politics, activism, and more.
This is an event for the whole family: Music, dance, films, games, animal rides, and meet-ups. Modest registration, inexpensive dorm rooms, camping and delicious, wholesome organic meals.