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

Growing Organically Since 1982


Mark Shepard joins us as keynoter and will lead an all-day seminar. We also have an amazing line-up of workshops and vendors from across the state. Register today!

Graeme Sait
Graeme Sait

The 2014 Soil and Nutrition Conference will feature Graeme Sait – one of the world’s leading experts on biological farming. From Sunday to Tuesday, February 2-4, 2014 in Somerville, MA, Sait along with his copresenter, Joel Williams, will present a version of his internationally acclaimed Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture, which many participants have described as life changing.

The following is excerpted from an interview with Mark Shepard, author “Restoration Agriculture” and 2014 NOFA/Mass Winter Conference keynoter, by Cathleen O’Keefe, Winter Conference & Bulk Order Coordinator.  Listen to the interview in full at:

First held in 1975, this is the NOFA Summer Conference’s 40th year. We will be celebrating with an exciting program of workshops, pre-conferences, and a keynote designed to empower participants with knowledge to transform their local food systems for the better and to transition this world toward organic. For the 2014 NOFA Summer Conference, we’re condensing the main conference from three to two days: Saturday and Sunday, August 9-10, 2014. We’ll still have eight total workshop slots by adding a workshop slot from 3-4:30 p.m. on both days, making a total of four workshop slots per day.

This year, the NOFA/Mass Organic Land Care program will be holding their annual Lawn and Turf Course at the Winter Conference. Veteran instructors Chip Osborne and Bernadette Giblin - along with a host of others - will offer practical, applicable information about organic lawn and turf management techniques.

Note: you need NOT be a full-time farmer to qualify for a scholarship. Students with some farming or gardening experience qualify! Backyard chicken keepers qualify! Avid gardeners qualify! Don't hesitate to apply!

Hello Artists and Friends of the NOFA Summer Conference,
If you would like to submit an idea or draft of artwork for the 2014 NOFA Summer Conference logo, please contact
Ben Grosscup by email at by November 30, 2013 (or sooner) with your draft image as an
We are looking for an image that represent NOFA and what the NOFA Summer Conference is about: organic agriculture,
We are excited to invite you to the 2014 Winter Conference at Worcester State University on January 11. In our
third year partnering with WSU, we will continue our zero-waste initiative to keep our conference impact low,
in line with the overall mission of NOFA/Mass. This year, the NOFA/Mass Organic Land Care program will
be holding their annual Lawn and Turf Course at the Winter Conference. Veteran instructors Chip Osborne

Join NOFA for a weekend of learning, networking, and fun with people who are transforming the food system in the Northeast. In addition to hundreds of practical skills and farming workshops, the conference features live entertainment, children's and teen conferences, a country fair, organic meals, 100 exhibitors and much more. The conference will take place August 9-11 on the University of Massachusetts, Amherst campus.

As I race through my 39 pages of notes in order to make the
newsletter deadline, I will pull out some memorable portions
of the incredibly long list of lessons that I learned this year
during the weekend of Jan 31 –February 1.
Our young presenters who range in age from 25 to 35
– John Kempf, Derek Christianson, and Dan Kittredge –
poured out the information. The rest of us – approximately
125 souls – wrote, listened and watched as fast as we could


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