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Mark Your Calendars! NOFA/Mass Winter Conference - January 11, 2014

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This article comes from the NOFA/Massachusetts 2013 October Issue Newsletter

By Cathleen O’Keefe, Winter Conference Coordinator

 
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
and Bernadette Giblin—along with a host of others—will offer practical, applicable information about organic
lawn and turf management techniques.
 
Lawn and Turf Course and the Winter Conference registration open on October 15. In addition to the OLC
workshops, this year’s Winter Conference will offer a diverse line-up of more than 60 workshops, an all-day
seminar and keynote by Mark Shepard, and ongoing exhibits by numerous regional vendors. The children’s
conference (for ages 3-12) provides a lively, interactive way for your kids to get educated. Discounts are available
for certified organic growers, NOFA members, students, children and teens, and groups of five or more
attendees. An all-organic catered lunch will be available for purchase.
Thanks to a USDA grant we are able to offer scholarships again this year to beginning farmers—defined as
anyone who has been farming for fewer than 10 years. To apply for a beginning farmer scholarship, follow
the link on our website or contact Beginning Farmer Coordinator, Suzy Konecky, suzy@nofamass.org or 718-
431-3592. Scholarship recipients will be expected to work for two hours before or during the conference, and
complete a post-conference evaluation form. We will accept applications until November 25.
Mark Shepard, perennial agriculture and permaculture design expert, will offer a keynote and all-day
seminar. 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, will inform
both his keynote speech and the following three accompanying
workshop sessions:
 
Session 1: Introduction to Restoration Agriculture/
Farm-scale Permaculture
Session 2: MAKS: The Modified American Keyline
System: Earth-shaping to manage your water resources
Session 3: Putting it all together: The step-by-step
restoration agriculture process

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