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Winter Conference

 Thank you to all who attended the 27th annual NOFA/Mass Winter Conference.  Here’s what a few of you had to say about the event:

NOFA conferences are always so inspiring --  I heard that from so many people.  By hosting the conference, WSU exposes its students and staff to all that NOFA has to offer. -- Pat Benjamin, Ph.D., Physical & Earth Sciences Dept., Worcester State University

Awesome Conference!  It all seemed seamless and smooth from my view. Thanks for all your work. -- Mary Deblois

Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the winter conference.  Really think it's the best one I've ever attended.  The quality of the workshops I went to was fantastic and my son felt the same way.   Terrific keynote, excellent lunch....job well done. -- Karen Masterson, Owner - Nourish Restaurant, Lexington, MA

Great workshops and keynote presentation! My audiences were interested, engaged and took lots of notes. -- Sanne Kure-Jensen, Presenter

Thanks again for a great winter conference last weekend!  What a lot of new faces and topics.  Especially enjoyed the dinner at end of day!  Sorry not to have had enough time to visit the vendors, however, but know I'll see many of them at summer conference time. -- Priscilla H. Williams, President, Pumpkin Brook Organic Gardening

Thank you very much. Your entire staff did a great job saturday. -- Dave Sears. seminar attendee

Thank you!  Mark Shepard's workshop was very good.  So glad I signed up for it. -- Joan Fitzgerald, seminar attendee

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 other thoughtful leaders in the food movement.  This year's Winter Conference offered a diverse line-up of more than 60 workshops, exhibits by numerous regional vendors, an all-day seminar and keynote by Restoration Agriculture author, Mark Shepard.  The children’s conference (for ages 3-12) provided a lively, interactive way for kids to get educated.

Mark Shepard, perennial agriculture and permaculture design expert, offered the keynote, all-day seminar, and post-conference speech at a special fundraising dinner.  A proponent of restoration agriculture, Shepard questions the easy availability of future staple crops, particularly in urban population centers.  His work as a permaculture design expert, as well as his experience in water conservation and land restoration, informed both his keynote speech and his three accompanying workshop sessions, detailed below. 

The  NOFA/Mass Organic Land Care program held 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. 


Conference Schedule

7:30 am

Registration/Exhibitors open (coffee, tea and snacks): Student Center

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

NOFA/Mass Annual Meeting and Keynote Address: Sullivan Auditorium

11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Catered Lunch: Student Center, 3rd Floor

1:30 – 3 pm

Seminar 2/Workshop Session 2

3 – 3:30 pm

Teacup Raffle Drawing & Children’s Parade: Student Center

3:30 – 5 pm

Seminar 3/Workshop Session

5:30 pm

Exhibits Close: Student Center

6:00 - 7:30 pm

Post-Conference Dinner with Keynoter, Mark Shepard



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







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