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In many ways this has been a tough summer - drought and violence have left us reeling. Let's not despair - instead let's work together on positive solutions to the problems we're facing.
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We’ve secured the location, gathered the experts all in one place, and for one weekend in August, you will be at the epicenter of the organic movement in the Northeast.
In under 45 days, over 1200 organic farmers, gardeners, homesteaders, dieticians, herbalists and activists will come together to recharge and further the organic movement, deepening our knowledge, connections and impact at this important moment. Prepare to learn and teach and join others to discuss solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing us. Solutions to pests. Solutions to weeds. Solutions to inequity. Solutions to profitability. Solutions to wellness.
With the Summer Solstice having just passed and the growing season in full swing, it’s pretty likely most beginning farmers out there haven’t had a moment to think about their education. For most, winter is the time of year to attend workshops and conferences, read books and go to gatherings. If you don’t yet manage your own farm, you are probably working tirelessly on someone else’s farm. That work experience is one of the greatest educational benefits you can give yourself as a beginning farmer, but just think about how a little more information and a new perspective could enhance your work experience. Or at least give you something different to think about as you hoe, harvest and hand-weed, inch-by-inch across the fields.
Doing less damage is no longer good enough when it comes to addressing cascading challenges like climate change, habitat loss and soil loss. To address these issues, many ecological farming practitioners have been touting the idea of “regenerative agriculture.” But what does it really mean? It stands in clear juxtaposition to the more widely used term, sustainable agriculture. There’s no question that the land and water we are now working with has been massively degraded through decades of unscrupulous industrial practices, ignorance of basic ecological principles, and human folly.
Beginning Farmer Program
NOFA/Mass supports efforts to label foods
Free Monthly Phone/Web Workshop Series
Read our Soil Carbon Restoration white paper
August 12-14, 2016 UMass, Amherst, MA