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2016 NOFA Summer Conference taking shape

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This article comes from the NOFA/Massachusetts 2016 March Issue Newsletter

By Jason Valcourt

Our keynote speakers are already preparing their presentations, hoping to enlighten and inspire you this summer to help further the work you are doing. Leah Penniman will be addressing race inequality in our agricultural landscape and asking such questions as “How are we using food and land as tools to end mass incarceration and institutional racism?” Dr. Christine Jones will be addressing what we can do as an agricultural community to combat climate change through the stewardship of our own living soil, and helping us take our soil building to the next level.
 
Our Friday morning intensive seminars this year are opportunities to delve deeper into Soil Building for Carbon Restoration, The Art and Science of Grazing, Season Extension & High Tunnel production and more to soon be confirmed.
 
There has been a wonderful array of talented people proposing amazing and practical workshops to help you build the skills you need as a farmer, gardener, homesteader, herbalist and other skilled areas. We have debate topics such as “Can farmers afford to pay a $15/hr. minimum wage,” and “To till or not to till?” that have been causing a stir of energy and discussion throughout NOFA, and we plan to hash out answers.
 
We are also gathering panels of people with experience and wisdom to openly discuss carbon sequestration as well as food Sovereignty and racial equality in agriculture. And, new for 2016, we are planning TED style talks that will explore the wisdom to be learned in our farming failures. 
 
We hope you’ll mark your calendar and plan on being part of this summer’s annual gathering of deeply rooted, organic minded, agricultural people making the organic movement grow!
 
Registration opens on March 15. As always, the early bird catches the worm, so register early for this year’s NOFA Summer Conference!
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