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Winter Conference

Greg Judy To Keynote 2015 Winter Conference
January 10, 2015 (All day)
Worcester State University
Worcester, MA
Cost: Varies - See registration page. $65 NOFA Members $81 Non-members

Greg Judy to Keynote 2015 NOFA/Mass Winter Conference on January 10 at Worcester State University, Worcester, MA

Join us for over 60 workshops, exhibits, an all-day seminar and keynote by Greg Judy, rotational grazier and carbon sequestration advocate.  It’s fun for the whole family! The children’s conference (ages 3-12) provides a lively, interactive way for kids to get educated.  Lots of do-it-yourself workshops keep teens active and engaged.  

Listen to the WICN Business Beat: Steve D'Agostino interviews keynoter, Greg Judy, and Conference Coordinator, Cathleen O'Keefe.  They talk about building a profitable farming business while caring for the health of the land.

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Greg and Jan Judy of Clark, Missouri run a grazing operation on 1580 acres of leased and owned land, made up from 15 farms. They went from near bankruptcy in 1999 to paying off a 200 acre farm and house in 3 years.  Seven years ago, they switched from Management Intensive Grazing to Holistic High Density Grazing, and the results have been breathtaking.  They graze cows, cow/calf pairs, bred heifers, horses, and stockers, and also own a 250 head grass genetic South Poll cow herd, 300 head St. Croix hair sheep flock and graze pigs. They have also started direct marketing grass-fed beef, lamb and pork. The Judy’s use no lime, no fertilizer, no seeding, no chemicals, and no equipment.   

Greg will be offering an all-day seminar entitled, Using Livestock to Build a Healthy, Profitable Farm. In this seminar, he will discuss all the steps involved in setting up a profitable, managed grazing operation from scratch. These include grazing methods, fencing, water, monitoring animal performance, recovery periods, building a litter bank, calving, winter stockpiling, developing your grazier’s eye, drought management, and daily monitoring. 

After the conference ends, join Greg for a seasonal organic dinner, talk, and book signing immediately following the Winter Conference, from 6-7:30pm.  Bid Greg farewell, and hear him talk one last time about “Getting Some Life Back In Our Soils.” Wisely he says, “healthy soil is the foundation of our future on this planet. Our nation’s soil is being depleted with modern farming practices. Nutrient dense food cannot be produced on lifeless dirt. By returning vibrant soil life to our farms, we can grow healthy food for our animals and people.” Additional entertainment will be provided by Jackson Gillman. If you are unable to attend the Winter Conference, or would like a warm hearty meal before leaving, this is a great opportunity to have an intimate, educational evening with Greg Judy.  Register here for dinner, along with your general conference registration, or for the dinner alone.

Conference Schedule

7:30 am

Registration/Exhibitors open (free tea and snacks for registrants)

9 am – 5 pm

Children's Program (during workshops & keynote)

9 – 10:30 am

Seminar 1/Workshop Session 1

11:00 am – 12:15 pm

Annual Meeting and Keynote Address

11:30 am – 1:30 pm

All-organic, catered lunch

1:30 – 3 pm

Seminar 2/Workshop Session 2

3 – 3:45 pm

Break - Watch a short film or visit our exhibitors.  

3:45 – 5:15 pm

Seminar 3/Workshop Session 3

6:00 pm

Exhibits Close

6:00 - 7:30 pm

Post-Conference Dinner with Keynoter  (Organic menu)

Contact Us
Coordinator: Cathleen O'Keefe 413-387-2316 or
Exhibits/Sponsorships: Bob Minnocci 617-236-4893 or
Registration: Christine Rainville 508-572-0816 or
Workshops: Stacie Brimmage

Over the years, NOFA/Mass has presented a wide array of thoughtful, engaging and important keynote speakers, including Joel Salatin, Eliot Coleman, Michael Phillips, Jean Jeavons, Karen Washington, and Mark Shepard.

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