The Massachusetts chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association. NOFA/Mass welcomes everyone who cares about food, where it comes from and how it’s grown

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Workshop List

9:00am

 

Growing Brassica Crops

John Kenny

All levels

Take an in-depth look at the often-challenging world of growing the Broccoli-Family, the Brassicaceae.  Workshop will be a conversation on growing excellent Brassica crops by examining their natural history, fertility inclinations, insect relationships, and overall management techniques.  Emphases on soil balancing and organic pest control.

http://bigtrainfarm.com/home/

Introduction to On-Farm Seed Saving

Matthew Goldfarb, Petra Page-Mann

Beginner

The significance of regionally adapted varieties cannot be overestimated.  Farmers/gardeners can increase production, improve flavor, increase heat tolerance, and many other advantages all by learning to select and save seed.  Examples of seed saving projects from four different farms will be shared.  Learn the first steps of on-farm seed saving and simple seed cleaning techniques.

www.fruitionseeds.com

Local Food Production Resilience

Ben Falk

Intermediate

Learn the strategies used to adapt the home, farm and watershed to increasing prevalence of extreme climate events, resource costs, and other "shocks to the system."  Innovations employed at the Whole Systems Research Farms are the foundation for this presentation and will tie together the numerous components of a resilient food system, visually and via real-world examples, so that participants leave with a clear sense of food production possibilities.

http://www.wholesystemsdesign.com  

Beginning Farmers: Creating and Connecting to Networks and Resources

Noelle Fogg

All levels

Participate in a workshop to meet other beginning or scaling-up farmers. Find resource needs through games and brainstorming. A presentation will focus on specific examples of resource finding tools (BFN/Mass as an example) and how to organize as a network of beginning farmers (using the Young Farmer Night event series as example).

http://www.bfnmass.org

Enhancing the Viability of Commercial Urban Farms

Andy Pressman

All levels

Urban farmers face many well-known risk management challenges.  Learn strategies for lowering risks and increasing profits.  Understand how to overcome barriers that commonly affect urban farmers in order to produce high quality crops on a commercial scale.  Information on business planning, market diversification, and techniques for intensive crop production will also be discussed.

www.attra.ncat.org

Financial Permaculture

Katherine Policy

Intermediate

Enjoy an interactive workshop in applying permaculture principles to finance and organizational development for starting or running your business. Deepen your understanding of the current economy. Learn tools for businesses in sustainable agriculture and education, and skills applicable to many other fields.

http://www.ruleschange.org

Small Engines: Workings and Maintenance

Jon Magee

All levels

Small engines are a major part of life on the farm and a common source of headache and hand-wringing. Learn the different components of the typical small gas engine, with an emphasis on maintenance and troubleshooting.

Working with the "Fourfold Path to Healing"

Beth Ingham

Beginner

“The Fourfold Path to Healing” by Dr. Tom Cowan introduces Rudolf Steiner’s teaching that the human being has four “bodies” or spheres of activity. Good health is enjoyed when all four spheres are in harmony and balance.  This workshop will cover the practices of nutrition, therapeutics, movement and meditation to integrate the whole human being. Spacial Dynamics® will be introduced with simple exercises.

www.spacialdynamics.com, www.fourfoldhealing.com

Herbalism for Community Resilience: Locally Abundant Plant Medicines to Heal Our Communities

Emily French

All Levels

"Local medicine is the next local food". The same corporate giants that control the food system also control the pharmaceuticals. It's time to get re-empowered about our healthcare by learning how to keep ourselves and loved ones healthy with the powerful plant medicines that are all around us. Learn about some of the most potent local plants that can be easily propagated and sustainably wildcrafted. Learn the basics of medicine-making, how to identify both acute and chronic health concerns, and what to do about them! From insomnia to Lyme disease to cancer, the plants are here to help.

http://www.sweetgrassherbals.com

How to Sell All Raw Animal Products Legally

Dan Hegerich

All Levels

Come learn how farms are using private memberships successfully to sell foods that are foundational to human health: raw animal products.  Learn about the constitutional right to have a Private Membership Association and the basics of setting one up.  Miller’s Organic Farm, a thriving PMA, will be examined.  Explore a healing way of thinking about over-domestication and its effects on health and food. How will more raw foods eradicate chronic degenerative diseases?  

Growing For The Larder:  How to Maximize Your Independence from the Grocery Store

Sharon Gensler, Pru Smith

Beginner

When growing for year round consumption, garden planning, planting and timing are essential.  Have a firm grasp on: what do you like to eat, how do you like to eat it, how much does your family eat.  Understand how much time, what tools and what infrastructure to invest in.  Learn from 30+ years of family homesteading experience.

http://wildbrowsesustainability.wordpress.com/

Wild Mushroom Foraging: Fine Dining, Functional Food and Medicinal Tool Chest

Greg Marley

All levels

Learn to explore the world of mushrooms, with a focus on the best edibles, and an ethical approach to integrating them into your life. Wrap up with an understanding of the medicinal use of wild mushrooms.

www.mushrooms4health.com

SilvoPasture: from Concept to Land and Animal Management

Jeff Jourdain, Ross W. Hackerson

All levels

Silvopasture is the agroforestry practice of raising livestock, forage crops, trees and other woody plants in the same area. Learn the trials and tribulations from a third year silvopasture operation. Understand silvopasture creation and economics as they relate to land clearing and planting, tree planting and forage production, and livestock, fencing and grazing management.

Backyard Chickens

Pam Raymond, David Turner

Intermediate

Find information on breed selection, raising day old chicks, coop requirements, raising layers and/or broilers, free ranging/pasturing, deep litter, handling predators, feeding requirements and lots of resource materials.

http://goldenoakfarm.us/

Optimizing Soil, Animal and Human Health with Grass-fed Beef

Ridge Shin

All levels

Understand the low input land improvement power of a healthy grass-fed beef model.  Increase the soil food web and the sponge in the soil rapidly in three years time.  Learn how 100% grass-fed beef done right is a superfood, with essential fatty acids, glyphosate free and packed with K2.  Appreciate how animal health is reached with grass-fed beef.  Take away the techniques involved in becoming a successful Northeast grass-fed beef producer.

http://www.hardwickbeef.com

Why and How of Certified Organic (non-GMO) Animal Feeding

Julie Rawson, Jack Kittredge

All levels

Learn the factual data on the dangers of GMOs for animal feeding - both for the animals and the people who consume their products.  Understand how to use sprouting, organic whey, organic grain, and pasturing systems to raise top quality organic meats will follow. The workshop will conclude with a discussion on financing and marketing organic meats.

www.mhof.net

Taking Back Our Food, Our Government, and Our Children's Future:  The State Campaigns to Label GMO's

Tara Cook-Littman

All levels

With the Northeast leading the way, the movement to label GMOs in the United States has reached a fever pitch.  Connecticut and Maine passed laws in June 2013, which are contingent upon laws passing in other states.  The entire Northeast is poised to pass laws in the near future.  Learn about why we need to know if GMOs are in our food and what strategies and messaging work best with legislators and consumers.  

www.gmofreect.org www.citizensforgmolabeling.org

Introduction to Organic Certification

Don Persons

All levels

Learn how to get organic certification.  Understand what can be sold as organic.  Logistics and expenses will be covered.  Gardener, farmer, husbandry person, specialty producer or processor, a local organic certification agency, Baystate Organic Certifiers, has all the answers needed to decide whether to become officially organic.

www.baystateorganic.org

Sugaring 101

Leslie S. Cox

All Levels

See how Hampshire College Farm has created a maple operation.  Learn what trees to tap, equipment to use, how and when to collect, and how to boil and process delicious maple syrup. Enter the world of sugaring!

New & Traditional Techniques for Cooking/Baking With Wood-Fired Ovens

Richard Miscovich  

All levels

In the past twenty years, interest in wood-fired ovens has dramatically increased, creating a delicious canon of wood-fired cuisine and efficient oven design improvements.  Learn from one of the best.

http://www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/item/from_the_woodfired_oven/

Introducing Carbon-Smart Farming to Regenerate Soil, Sequester Carbon & Grow Nutrient-Dense Food

David Yarrow

Intermediate, Advanced

Beyond organic, farms must restore soil carbon, biology and tilth to grow food with superior nutrient content.  Biochar, composts, humus, probiotics, inoculants, sea minerals, rock powders, continuous cover crops, minimum till, nutrient-density are tools of this new true green revolution.  The stability of this revolution depends on balancing minerals and reviving microbiology.

http://www.dyarrow.org/Bio.htm

Backyard Composting

Matt Verson

Beginner

Reduce household waste while creating a source of fertility with the simple yet profound craft of composting. Common problems, ideal situations, and your situation will be addressed.  Everyone will go away with the tools to make terrific compost!

 

1:30pm

 

Organic Nuts in Vermont

Keith Morris

All levels

Learn how to grow organic nuts.  A look at the ecology and mythology of nut trees with an eye towards their potential as crops in New England and Vermont in particular.  Included are case studies of the over 2 dozen species grown at Willow Crossing Farm.

www.ProspectRock.org

Biennial Seed Saving Basics

Matthew Goldfarb, Petra Page-Mann

Intermediate, Advanced

Saving seed in the Northeast can be a challenge, particularly for biennial crops.  Come learn the fundamentals of planting, selecting, storing and saving seed of common biennials from onions to cabbage, kale to carrots.  Expect to come away with understanding, inspiration and an expanded seed saving confidence!  Seed saving experience strongly recommended.

www.fruitionseeds.com

Low Tunnels

Bryan O’Hara

Intermediate, Advanced

Learn the technique for the production of cold hardy vegetables using low hoop tunnels.  Many details will be presented including materials and construction, plant selection and timing, cultivation, irrigation, harvesting, site selection, and wind protection.

Labor Management: An Opportunity for Professional Development

Suzanna Konecky, Don Zasada, Derek Christianson, Jeremy Plotkin, Elizabeth Keene

All levels

Understand tips, tricks, challenges and successes of labor management from experienced farmers who have been working with a labor crew for years.  Those interested in having workers (apprentices, interns, staff, or hourly workers) for the first time are also encouraged to attend in order to learn about labor management from this group of leaders.

http://www.nofamass.org/programs/beginning-farmer-program

Leasing and Leases for Farmers and Landowners

Kathy Ruhf

All Levels

Learn basic information about farm leases.  Understand practical, hands-on exercises for and discussion of elements of a good lease.  Go away with hints for positive landlord-tenant relationships.

http://landforgood.org

Considering Cooperatives: Democratic Workplaces & Succession Planning

Carolyn Edsell-Vetter

All levels

Aging business owner? Young entrepreneur with limited capital? Worker who wants a larger share of responsibility and profit within a company? Learn how worker-owned cooperatives can be an opportunity for all of these situations, and hear the story of our transition from a 20-person organic landscaping company to a worker-owned cooperative.  Understand the basics of cooperatives, cooperative values, economics, as well as some critical questions for those considering forming a co-op.

http://www.ayardandahalf.com

Slow Democracy: Skills for Success in Community Change

Susan Clark  

All levels

Why can't democratic decision making be more like slow food -- local, organic, and full of the vibrant creative spirit of home? It can. Hear inspiring success stories and learn new techniques for inclusive, sustainable discussions that help make communities more resilient, and community conversations more satisfying and productive. Glean practical techniques for increasing participation and civility in community decision-making.

http://slowdemocracy.org/

Rocket Mass Heater Basics: Home and Greenhouse

Michael Iacona

Intermediate

Make your own super-efficient wood heater.  No welding or specialized tools are needed.  Explore the basic principles of the rocket mass heater for home or greenhouse.  Go away with an incredibly efficient rocket stove concept and its design.

Kitchen Medicine

Jade Alicandro Mace

All levels

Learn how to use food as medicine. Many foods and spices can be used to support a strong and healthy immune system.  Learn the benefits of eating with the seasons, how the five different flavors affect the body, fantastic and effective herbal and culinary preparations, and essential ingredients to keep on hand in the home.  Recipes demo-ed and handouts included!

www.milkandhoneyherbs.com

Electricity, Technology, and the Impact on Human and Livestock Health

Rebecca Brown

All levels

Electrical Pollution is one of many terms (including dirty electricity, stray voltage, and EMF's) that refer to the harmful frequencies that are generated by electricity use, wireless devices, and motors. These frequencies impact people and animals by suppressing the immune system and interfering with biological electrical systems. Learn the simple steps to protect yourself and your livestock from this very real and upcoming health concern.

http://www.safespaceinstitute.com

Help Yourself! Creating Public Access Orchards and Forest Gardens in Your Community

Felix Lufkin

All levels

Help Yourself is a valley non-profit working to transform underused public places into volunteer maintained orchards and gardens, free for all to harvest from. Learn about such movements globally and identify the potential for urban orchards across our region. What are the next steps, ways to co-operate and communicate as a movement, and how to support YOUR planting in YOUR community?!

www.helpyourselfnoho.tk

Home Brewing

Sanne Kure-Jensen

Beginner, Intermediate

Learn how to homebrew.  Understand beer types (lager, ale, IPA, porter and stout) and their ingredients. See and smell hops grown in New England. The brewing process includes yeast, grains malt extract, wort, mash, chilling, storage, bottling and conditioning. Learn about equipment needs and sanitation techniques.  Understand how to select an ideal storage site; temperature and light matter. Finally, learn the right way to pour a homebrew.

http://sannekurejensen.wordpress.com/

Revolutionized Commercial Compost and Egg Production: No Purchased Feed

Karl Hammer

Intermediate, Advanced

Vermont Compost founder, Karl Hammer, is queitly revolutionizing two industries at once: compost and egg production.  Explore how Karl makes sought after compost and growing medium with eggs as the byproduct.  1,200 plus healthy birds live off and enliven his compost.  The grain debate is over.  Now we can debate:  What came first the egg or the compost?

http://vermontcompost.com  

Aquaponics 101

Emily Jodka

Beginner, Intermediate

Take a crash course in to the world of aqauponics. Understand the raising of fish (aquaculture) and plants in water (hydroponics) in the same symbiotic system. Learn different types of systems, different types of fish, what plants are best in the system during what times of the year and much more. Ask questions and get answers.

www.newurbanfarmers.org

Piglet to Prosciutto:  Raising, Butchering, Adding Value To and Marketing of First Class Pork Part 1

Jake Levin, Jamie Paxton, Jill Jakimetz

All levels

Understand how breed and feed are the basic components that affect the way a pig tastes and what the carcass looks like.  Learn what a carcass should look like.  Experience what is the desired smell, color, feel/texture, and fat content.  Investigate pig parts,the basic primals and cuts, and how they are best served.  Explore value added pork with the basics of producing charcuterie/value added meat, including smoking, brining and dry curing. Join a discussion of the advantages of value added meat, as well as the challenges and limitations that face producers today, including legal and technical issues.  Lastly, learn how to market pork.   Take home the points to emphasize when selling pork and value-added meat to chefs, markets, and consumers.

www.berkshirefoodguild.com

Sheep to Shawl: An Overview from Choosing a Sheared Fleece to Creating Yarn Part 1

Betsy Alspach, Chris McCluskey

Beginner, Intermediate

Start with unwashed, unskirted fleece, then learn how to skirt, or remove, the very dirty unusable parts and, finally, choose a fleece to spin. Each step will cover the reasons for processing fleece based on the type of wool and the desired qualities of the created yarn. The first session will cover choosing, skirting and washing a fleece and will begin combing or carding if possible. The second session will begin with combing or carding and touch on dyeing and spinning. Participants do not need to attend the first session in order to go to the second.

Introduction to Home Butchering of Small Livestock and Poultry

Rachel Scherer, Bruce Scherer

Beginner

Butcher small livestock, sheep, goats, or rabbits, and poultry, at home.  Save money custom cutting beef and pork shares.  Learn the methods and tools needed. Discuss the pros and cons of home butchering.

Biological System Performance

Dan Kittredge

Intermediate, Advanced

Improve the balance of the five requirements of biological systems: Air, water, carbon, minerals and biology.  Learn how to manage for their highest performance for the highest performing and healthiest crops.  The most cutting edge practices in biological organic growing will be presented.

http://bionutrient.org

Outsmart the Critters

Jim Corven

All levels

Protecting your farm or garden from hungry critters can be challenging, expensive, and frustrating.  Understanding the behavior and needs of these animals allows them to be effectively and humanely "trained" to go elsewhere.  This practical workshop will focus on common pest animals and the five basic techniques to protect your bounty.

Urban Gardening Basics

Sara Rostampour

Beginner, Intermediate

Urban gardeners face unique constraints with respect to land access, space, and soil quality. Overcome these challenges through the construction of raised beds and container gardens. The best supplies, soil, plants, and location for your situation will be covered step-by-step. Last, special considerations for the maintenance of urban gardens will be discussed.

http://www.vpi.org/revision/

Improving Productivity on Medium and Large-size Gardens

Steve Walach

Beginner, Intermediate

Come learn how gardening basics like sunlight, irrigation, crop rotations, fertilizers, labor requirements and organization of garden space can yield on average up to 300 pounds per 100 square feet over the course of a year.

 

3:30pm


Organic Weed Management On A Diversified Produce Farm

Ryan Voiland

Intermediate, Advanced

Explore large-scale organic weed management principles and practices that can be used for growing organic vegetable crops in the New England climate.  See extensive images of Red Fire Farm fields to illustrate management strategies and equipment that can help effectively manage weeds.

http://www.redfirefarm.com

Intensive No-till Vegetable Culture

Bryan O’Hara

Intermediate, Advanced

Learn the methods for large scale intensive growing of vegetable crops without the use of tillage or cultivation equipment.  

Currant to Cordial:  Tap into Rocky Terrain Agriculture to Produce Hundreds of Value Added Berry Products

Kate Kerivan

All levels

Bug Hill Farm employs Hugelkultur and high-tunnels to grow berries on thin rocky soils with remarkable results.  Explore how value added, grant writing, marketing and sales skills have helped build a vibrant enterprise. See how their dream of a state certified commercial kitchen became a reality.

http://www.bughillfarm.org

Farm Viability Planning and Funding for Massachusetts Farmers

Craig Richov

All levels

The MA Department of Agricultural Resources offers technical assistance, business planning and grant funding to implement farm improvement strategies. Our three Farm Viability Programs target three groups of farmers:  1) new and beginning farmers, 2) existing farms planning long term viability, and 3) owners of permanently protected APR lands.  Program information to be covered will include application deadlines, eligibility requirements, planning process details and timelines, examples of typical farm improvement strategies and award amounts.

http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/agr/about/divisions/dacta-grants-lc.html

Sell Out Your CSA with these Three Tools

John Suscovich

All levels

Use a farm website, e-mail list, and well designed and printed materials to start a CSA whose shares will sell out every week.  Three sections will focus on farm websites, building and utilizing an e-mail list, and/or the design and use of printed materials.

www.farmmarketsolutions.com

Building a Strong Brand to Increase Sales and Build Customer Loyalty

Myrna Greenfield

All levels

Every farm has a unique story that can help attract loyal customers. This interactive session shows how to choose words and images that will make a website, social media and other low-cost marketing more effective. Take home a handout to help develop a powerful brand.

http://goodeggmarketing.com/

An Integrative Approach to Healing Lyme

Emily Maiella

All levels

Understand the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic Lyme disease.  Therapies addressed:  various herbal formulations, diet modification and immune system modulation.  Conventional medical approaches will be discussed briefly.  Learn what contributes to the development of chronic Lyme, and what it means to have active Lyme, verses “post Lyme syndrome.”  There will be preserved tick samples to learn tick identification.

www.valleynaturopathic.com

Herbal Medicine From the Outside In

Jane La Force

All levels

Explore the healing properties of plants when applied to the outside of the body as baths (full, foot, hand or sitz), poultices, washes or compresses and some liniments and oils or salves, as well. Specific herbs will be covered and demonstrated. Please bring a towel should you wish to have a feet or hands on experience.

Home Funerals and Green Burials

Ann-Elizabeth Barnes, Carol Coan

All levels

All over the world and until the 20th century in our country, upon the death of a loved one, families took care of their own. With the hospice movement, the right to die at home has been taken back. Learn about a growing movement to create a meaningful home wake/vigil.  Workshop attendees will be provided with the necessary information, confidence and courage, for themselves and family members, to be laid out and waked the way they have lived their lives: environmentally conscious, among family and friends, in a familiar place, connected to the natural world. Green burial options will also be presented.

http://homefuneraldirectory.com/archives/38

Growing, Marketing and Cooking from the Winter Pantry

Odessa Piper

All levels

Turn farm products from every season into value-added sales, whether it be on a menu or at a Farmers Market. Odessa covers delicious economical applications for winter crops and foods put-by. The session will look at storage techniques, purchasing strategies and culinary uses for berries, field-greens, pastured meats, root cellar crops, apples and everything in between.  Come away with the creative possibilities of winter eating made feasible and affordable.

www.odessapiper.com

Landscaping to Support Pollinators & Other Beneficial Insects

Ellen Sousa

All levels

Learn the best plants and practices for supporting beneficial insect populations. Pest predators, pollinators and other insects are a key component of any natural/organically maintained landscape.  With just a few landscape changes provide pollinators what they need to survive and prosper in a home garden, schoolyard, forest or farm.

www.THBFarm.com, http://blog.thbfarm.com

Beekeeping 101

Sanne Kure-Jensen  

Beginner, Intermediate

Learn to keep bees and help reduce threats to declining pollinator populations. Beekeepers improve their vegetable and fruit yields, improve local food security and often get a sweet bonus - honey.  Sanne will cover equipment needed and assembly, hive placement, habitat and hive management as well as honey harvesting.

www.SanneKureJensen.wordpress.com

Piglet to Prosciutto:  Raising, Butchering, Adding Value To and Marketing of First Class Pork Part 2

Jake Levin, Jamie Paxton, Jill Jakimetz

All levels

Understand how breed and feed are the basic components that affect the way a pig tastes and what the carcass looks like.  Learn what a carcass should look like.  Experience what is the desired smell, color, feel/texture, and fat content.  Investigate pig parts,the basic primals and cuts, and how they are best served.  Explore value added pork with the basics of producing charcuterie/value added meat, including smoking, brining and dry curing. Join a discussion of the advantages of value added meat, as well as the challenges and limitations that face producers today, including legal and technical issues.  Lastly, learn how to market pork.   Take home the points to emphasize when selling pork and value-added meat to chefs, markets, and consumers.

www.berkshirefoodguild.com

Sheep to Shawl: An Overview from Choosing a Sheared Fleece to Creating Yarn Part 2

Betsy Alspach, Chris McCluskey

Beginner, Intermediate

Start with unwashed, unskirted fleece, then learn how to skirt, or remove, the very dirty unusable parts and, finally, choose a fleece to spin. Each step will cover the reasons for processing fleece based on the type of wool and the desired qualities of the created yarn. The first session will cover choosing, skirting and washing a fleece and will begin combing or carding if possible. The second session will begin with combing or carding and touch on dyeing and spinning. Participants do not need to attend the first session in order to go to the second.

Hoofed Animal Butchering & Preparation

Felix Lufkin

All levels

Learn how to comfortably, confidently and conscientiously prepare large mammals into meat. With hands on demonstrations, follow traditional slaughtering, butchering and preservation methods. Understand a variety of cuts, organ meats, jerky, bacon, sausage, ham, dry and wet cures, and rendered fat. All parts of the animal are covered, including hooves, tendons, bones and hide.

www.apeandape.com

Raw Milk Production

Winton Pitcoff, Suzy Konecky

All levels

Go step-by-step through the processes and regulations involved in producing, handling, and selling raw milk to consumers in Massachusetts. Gather insight into the benefits and challenges of producing this unique product for a growing market.

www.marawmilk.org, http://cricketcreekfarm.com

Focus on Fertility:  The Case for Imported Nitrogen within Intensive Organic Vegetable Production

Derek Christianson

Intermediate, Advanced

Nitrogen is a critical mineral for plant protein production & healthy crops. While cover crops, soil mineralization, and microbial populations are core components of the organic Nitrogen cycle, intensive scale producers (gardeners & farmers) may benefit from importing Nitrogen. Key points in the growing season where N fertilization improves yields will be covered. Finally, the costs & benefits of N inputs will be reviewed.

www.brixbounty.com

Creating a Fair Food System: How to Move towards Farmer-Farmworker-Buyer Solidarity

Elizabeth Henderson

All levels

Make farms the centers of fair relationships. Transform work on farms for farmers/ farmworkers into respected careers with livable compensation.  Brainstorm together and talk about current domestic fair trade and the Agricultural Justice Project.  AJP is a new approach to building market support for solidarity among farmworkers, farmers and those who buy from farms.

www.agriculturaljusticeproject.org

GMO Health Risks & Labeling Legislation in MA

Ed Stockman

All levels

Learn the current GMO research and associated health risks of eating GMO foods. Understand the labeling legislation efforts (4 bills on food labeling and 1 bill on seed labeling have been introduced) in MA and what you can do to help those efforts.

www.MARightToKnow.org

Urban Edibles: Growing Food in the City

Seija Halva

Intermediate

Produce food in the city.  You could start growing urban food; vegetables, fruit and berries in the city. The where, what and how to grow urban edibles, some examples from different parts of world, and a vision to the future will be covered.

www.gardenconsult.com

Local Food Goes Mobile

Amy McCann

All levels

Mobile devices and applications are transforming how food is produced, purchased, and distributed. Learn the mobile trends in e-commerce, mobile website access, and mobile application use. Examples will be provided which demonstrate how producers and distributors are using mobile tools to reach more customers, improve their record keeping, and increase efficiency.

www.localfoodmarketplace.com

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