Welcome to the Northeast Organic Farming Association, Massachusetts Chapter (NOFA/Mass) Winter Conference, one of the largest annual conferences on organic growing in the Northeast. We are a community of farmers, gardeners, landscapers and consumers educating and advocating for the use of organic agriculture to expand the production and availability of nutritious food from living soil for the health of individuals, communities and the planet.
NOFA has regional chapters in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, and New Jersey.
Attendees register for a diverse line-up of more than 70 workshops and a keynote address by Ben Burkett, family farmer and cooperative grower (more below), organic meals, as well as exhibitors and vendors. The whole family is welcome, as children and teens enjoy workshops designed specifically for them.
Over the years, NOFA/Mass has presented a wide array of engaging and important keynote speakers, including Joel Salatin, Eliot Coleman, Michael Phillips, Jean Jeavons, Karen Washington, Mark Shepard and Greg Judy.
About our Keynoter
Ben Burkett is a fourth generation family farmer and the State Coordinator for the Mississippi Association of Cooperatives. Mr. Burkett provides technical expertise to small-scale farmers, farmers with limited resources, and ranchers in rural communities. He also assists farmers in implementing agricultural marketing/production and coordinates land retention.
Burkett serves as the president of the National Family Farm Coalition and numerous boards of directors and has traveled to Senegal, South Africa, Kenya, Nicaragua, Lebanon, and Zimbabwe, exchanging knowledge and information with small-scale farmers.