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40th Annual NOFA Summer Conference set for August 9-10, 2014

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

By Ben Grosscup, Conference Coordinator

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. Friday, August 8 will be reserved for full day and half day preconferences.

One of those full day pre-conferences will be presented by our keynote for this year, Dr. Elaine Ingham. Dr. Ingham may be best known as the President of Soil Foodweb Inc. Her teaching has equipped farmers and land care professionals all over the world to manage soil for best plant growth and nutrition. Dr. Ingham’s pre-conference will be called “Changing Dirt into Soil: Specific Approaches for Different Soil Types and Crops.” She will also present breakout sessions on Saturday, August 9 focusing on biologically managing weeds, on compost versus extract versus tea, and a demo of microscope assessment that anyone can learn to do themselves.

Call for Workshops

Every year the NOFA Summer Conference recruits creative and enthusiastic presenters for workshops for adults, teens, and children. And we do this recruitment far ahead of the conference. The call for workshop proposals for the 2013 Conference will go out in December 2013. If you would like to submit a workshop proposal or get on the list to be personally reminded about the call for workshops, contact: Ben Grosscup ben.grosscup@nofamass.org or call at 413- 549-1568. The call will also be posted on the website: www.nofasummerconference.org.

The conference features workshops for adults on a full range of topics like organic agriculture, ecological sustainability, and community building: alternative energy and the environment; animal husbandry; crop-specific workshops; farm economics and management; farming and the community; farm tours; food and family; food preservation and cooking; fruits, nuts, and trees; garden and greenhouse; herbs and flowers; international agriculture; land care; marketing; nutrition and health; of the spirit; politics and policy; practical skills; soil fertility; social justice; and urban agriculture.

There will be a Children’s Conference (ages 2-12) and a Teen Conference (ages 13-17), which explores many themes in common with the adult workshops in a manner that is appropriate for each age. If you want to submit a proposal for the either conference, contact Valerie Walton aallspice@aol.com; (978) 689-0716.

The sooner you submit your proposal, the better. We encourage you to submit your workshop proposal by the end of 2013. The vast majority of decisions on accepting workshops will be made by the end of February 2014. All workshop presenters receive free conference registration and a $50 honorarium for presenting a 90 minute workshop.

Interested in Sponsoring?

If you want to gain excellent exposure for your products and services, including a logo and website link placement on the NOFA Summer Conference website, sponsor or advertise your business through the Summer Conference! See this link to last summer’s sponsors: http://www. nofasummerconference.org/sponsors.php. Larger level sponsors also receive exhibit space and registration. Businesses and farms are also welcomed to exhibit and advertise in the Program Book. For more information, contact Bob Minnocci: bob@ nofamass.org or 617-236-4893.

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