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Join backyard gardeners, health-conscious consumers, organic farming families, and food activists on August 14-16 at UMass Amherst. This year's main conference features 144 individual sessions with 27 different topic areas. Workshops address organic farming, gardening, land care, draft animals, homesteading, sustainability, nutrition, food politics, activism, and more.
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Jack and I packed up the kids (then 2, 4, 6, and 7) and attended our first NOFA/Mass meeting in the fall of 1984. It was the annual meeting of the then quite fledgling Massachusetts chapter. (While NOFA had been around since 1971 or so, NOFA/Mass started up in 1982.) There was a big fight over by-laws that day, as I remember. However, when asked to join the board, I did. In many ways since then, Jack has been an integral part of NOFA/Mass. And after 30 active years working with the organization, Jack has decided to retire as the NOFA/Mass Policy Director on January 1.
Since the widespread application of antibiotics, pesticides, fungicides, and many other anti-microbial treatments, we have witnessed the rise of the belief that microbes cause some of our biggest problems – from low crop yields to infectious disease. However, the 2015 NOFA Summer Conference will show that microbes are essential partners in solving some our biggest problems today, including widespread chronic disease and global climate disruption.
The bill to require labeling of most foods containing GMOs sold in Massachusetts, H. 3242, will be heard by the Joint Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture on September 22, 2015 at 1pm. The fact that we have 154 legislative sponsors among the members of a 200-person legislature (both houses!) seems to have persuaded the powers that be on Beacon Hill that this is a popular cause. They have given us Gardner Auditorium for the hearing, the largest room available to the legislature. That is the hall in the basement of the State House which seats 600.