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Winter Conference

Greg Judy To Keynote 2015 Winter Conference
January 10, 2015 (All day)
Worcester State University
Worcester, MA
Cost: TBA

GREG JUDY TO KEYNOTE 2015 WINTER CONFERENCE, JANUARY 10 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.  

Submit a workshop proposal for the NOFA/Mass Annual Winter Conference, to be held on Saturday January 10, 2015, in Worcester, MA. The conference draws about 1,000 people from Massachusetts and neighboring states. Participants include seasoned and beginning farmers, urban homesteaders, backyard gardeners, food activists, and many other engaged learners.

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.High density grazing on pasture.

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.

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

Lunch - Bring your own or purchase an all-organic, catered lunch.

1:30 – 3 pm

Seminar 2/Workshop Session 2

3 – 3:30 pm

Break - Watch a short film or visit our exhibitors. 

3:30 – 5 pm

Seminar 3/Workshop Session 3

5:30 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 wc@nofamass.org
Exhibits/Sponsorships: Bob Minnocci 617-236-4893 or bob@nofamass.org
Registration: Christine Rainville 508-572-0816 or wcregistration@nofamass.org
Workshops: Stacie Brimmage wcworkshops@nofamass.org

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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