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The 2015 Soil and Nutrition Conference is a two-day, farmer friendly event, with early bird pricing of $100 (BFA/NOFA Member) by December 1, 2014, and the opportunity to foster information sharing and camaraderie among attendees.

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!

At the 2015 Winter Conference, you can get up-close and personal with grazier Greg Judy. Hear his keynote, learn grazing techniques at his all-day seminar, or get your book signed at the post-conference dinner.  

Find more details at www.nofamass.org/events/wc or call 413-387-2316. 

I interviewed Greg to find out what he’s up to and what experience he’ll share on January 10at Worcester State University.

The Winter Conference is changing once again! Worcester State has spent the summer building a mixed-use dormitory/dining facility, and we are happily taking advantage of this new space – Sheehan Hall. You will find registration, exhibitors, lunch, dinner, and selected workshops all in spacious Sheehan Hall. The children’s conference will be moving to a new building as well, directly across from Sheehan Hall. 

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: https://archive.org/details/MSInterview

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 ben.grosscup@nofamass.org by November 30, 2013 (or sooner) with your draft image as an
attachment.
 
We are looking for an image that represent NOFA and what the NOFA Summer Conference is about: organic agriculture,

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