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Soil and Nutrition Conference: With Graeme Sait and Joel Williams
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"I went to Australia in December of 2008 on part of a Pacific agriculture tour, to take NTS's certificate course with Graeme Sait. It started with four days of lively presentation followed by farm tours, and was well worth all that went into it. Graeme delivers a wide range of focus far beyond the lab analysis. He gives you the full picture on how macro and micronutrients work in concert with biology to produce healthy crops. He's a real proponent of healthy soil systems as the basis for human and animal health. A great presenter with good humor and plenty of interaction with the audience. Graeme's company, Nutri-Tech Solutions, is one of the largest companies , actively educating and serving organic and biological farmers in 50 plus countries, mostly in the Eastern hemisphere" .
- Mark Fulford
This conference aims to grow the movement for enhancing soil fertility as a basis for the long-term ecological and economic sustainability of farming, the environment, and society as a whole. This year's conference features two international experts on soil fertility.
Graeme Sait is author of “Nutrition Rules”, and founder of Nutri-Tech Solutions (NTS) – a world leader in biological agriculture. Through his internationally acclaimed four-day Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture, he has trained over 20,000 farmers and consultants globally. His presentations, often described as "life changing", offer a fusion of entertainment, education and inspiration.
Joel Williams is a talented young agronomist and spirited educator who co-presents at many of Graeme's seminars around the world. He worked with NTS for several years prior to embarking on an international consulting career. He is currently based in London where he is responsible for creating an edible campus to feed the students at a major university
This three day event is a must-see for growers and consultants seeking to expand their growing skills with cutting edge strategies. You will learn to create healthy, disease-free soils and resilient, problem-free crops. In three action-packed days you will gain invaluable guidelines to improve production and profitability on your farm, improve your health and vitality, and increase your likelihood of achieving peace and harmony in life.
Expect to gain:
- Greater understanding of mineral balancing and trace mineral requirements in the soil, plant, animal, and human.
- New strategies to balance, invigorate, and expand the hidden workforce of microorganisms for enhanced farm profitability, using specific organisms as problem solvers.
- Deepened recognition of the power of foliar fertilizing, natural plant growth stimulants, leaf analysis, and in-field monitoring tools.
- Profound realizations about the interrelationship between soil health, animal health, human health, and planetary health.
Don't miss this rare opportunity to spend three days with these acclaimed experts as they share their learnings and passion!
Food - Meal plan costs $87 and includes seven all-organic meals prepared by Cuisine en Locale: Sunday Lunch and Dinner; Monday Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner; Tuesday Breakfast and Lunch. Meals not sold individually. People on meal plan are asked to sign up for one 30 minute shift during a meal doing either serving or cleaning up. Cuisine en Locale would like to source ingredients from seminar attendees. Ingredients must be produced with organic methods. Foods produced using GMOs are not accepted. If interested in selling raw or value-added vegetables, meat and/or dairy products, please check the box on the print registration form or the online registration form. See a menu for the 7 meals here.
Home Stays - In order to reduce costs and foster networking among attendees, event organizer, Ben Grosscup, will pair out-of-town conference attendees with NOFA members and supporters near Somerville who are willing to host you on the nights of Sunday, February 2 and Monday, February 3. Please request a home stay on your registration form, if needed. We ask that guests bring a small non-monetary gift of thanks to their hosts.
Nearby Hotels - Click here for a list of hotels nearby the conference location: Anthony’s, 156 Highland Ave Somerville, MA.
Parking and Transportation - Parking nearby Anthony’s will be plentiful on the first day of the conference – Sunday, February 2 – because street parking permits are not enforced on Sundays. Numerous parking spaces line Highland Ave and adjacent residential streets. However, on Monday, February 3 & Tuesday, February 4, parking nearby Anthony's will be quite limited, because street parking is either permit only or it is metered and limited to two hours. Carpooling is encouraged, and on your registration form, you can indicate your interest in being connected with seminar attendees in your area who also wish to carpool to the event.
Please consider the following scenarios for parking on Monday, February 3 & Tuesday, February 4:
- For people commuting to the conference from outside the Boston area: If you are commuting from the West, park at Alewife, which has an enormous parking garage. Cost is $7 per day and $8 overnight. Take the red line to Davis Square, and take the 88 or 90 bus to Anthony's. Estimated travel time is 15 min Cost per person is $4.50 one way. Click here for MBTA schedule. Alternative: take a cab from Alewife. Estimated cost is $9 one way. (Better option for car-poolers). Please note that the Alewife Parking Garage can fill up on weekdays, so plan to arrive by 7:30am or earlier, and plan for heavy commuter traffic to Alewife, especially on Monday morning. (Remember that on Monday and Tuesday, the session begins at 8:30am sharp, and breakfast is served from 7:00am to 8:15am).
- For people from Somerville/Boston area and people staying at local homestays: Park your car at your home stay on Sunday night if possible, leave it there throughout the conference, and take public transit back and forth to Anthony’s. You can use the MBTA trip planner to schedule trips from anywhere in the MBTA service area to Anthony’s (156 Highland Ave Somerville, MA). The 88 and 90 bus lines stop right outside of Anthony's. If you’re willing to walk, the walk from Davis Square (red line) is 1.1 mi or 23 minutes & the walk from Sullivan Square (orange line) is 1.7 mi or 36 minutes. If your home stay has no parking available, you can park at Alewife for all 3 days.
- For People staying at the Holiday Inn: Parking is free for guests at the Holiday Inn Boston Bunker Hill (30 Washington Street, Somerville, MA 02143). Call 617-628-1000 for reservations and ask for the “Northeast Organic Farming Association group rate” of $109 per night plus tax. Monday, January 20, 2014 is the cut-off date to reserve a room at this reduced rate. Maximum guestroom capacity is four adults per guestroom with no additional charges for more than one person. Hotel Check-In time is 4:00 PM. Hotel Check-Out time is 11:00 AM. The Holiday Inn is 1.4 miles away from Anthony’s, and the hotel will offer shuttle service for hotel guests to Anthony’s. Guests may schedule the pick-up and drop-off times directly with the hotel.
- For people who must drive to the Conference: There are two small free parking lots that our host – Cuisine En Locale at Anthony’s – shares with a number of other tenants. There are 55 spaces total. Although it is not guaranteed, your chances of getting a parking spot are better if you arrive early on Monday and Tuesday. If you can leave your car elsewhere or carpool, you’ll free up a spot for someone else.
Work Exchange Program - There are a limited number of work exchange positions available. The people accepted into the program pay a $25 registration fee and work for a total of 8 hours, which may take place before the conference starts as well as during some of the conference sessions. Scheduling depends on the needs of the coordinator. Tasks for work exchange include working in the kitchen preparing food, setting up tables, and managing coffee. To apply, send your full contact details along with a statement about your interest in the Soil and Nutrition Conference and your ability to work. First come first serve. Must be a member of NOFA or Bionutrient Food Association to apply. To apply, send an e-mail to Ben Grosscup (firstname.lastname@example.org.) with this subject: "Soil and Nutrition Work Exchange". It should include your full contact information and a brief paragraph address 1) are you a member of NOFA and/or BFA? 2) why you want to attend the Soil and Nutrition Conference and 3) your experience helping with some of the tasks we need help with. Deadline to apply is January 18, 2014.
More on Graeme Sait
- Read "Nutrition Rules: Guidelines from the Master Consultants," by Graeme Sait (a free online book). Features 22 inspiring interviews with specialists in the field of biological soil management, each of which is full of insights and numerous 'ah-ha' moments.
- Watch Graeme's TED talk, "Humus - the essential ingredient" (youtube, 19:50 minutes)
- Watch Graeme's presentation, "Healthy Soils, Hardy People & Happy Planet" (youtube, 59:29 minutes; good audio starts at 8:43)
- Listen to an interview of Graeme Sait speaking with Ben Grosscup here. (Mp3, 18 minutes)
- Read an article in NOFA/Mass News on Graeme Sait and this upcoming conference.
Policy on Cancellations and Refunds - Cancellations for the 2014 Soil and Nutrition Conference will be honored with refunds minus a $30/person processing fee until January 23, 2014. After that no refunds, however, transfer of registration is possible.