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

By Sharon Gensler

Dan Bensonoff & Leslie Cox at Ag Day at the State House

We started out April with member Heidi Barra volunteering at the Holyoke Master Gardeners Symposium.  Then we were on to a very big event – Ag Day at the State House. Our intern, Amirah Mitchell and two board members, Leslie Cox and Jane Bindley, talked to many legislators and legislative staff at the table.  In addition, our two policy staffers, Amie and Dan, took time from their legislative advocacy to help with the NOFA table too.  Plus, they worked their magic to have samples of Robinson cheese and Equal Exchange chocolates available.  I attended the Amherst Sustainability Festival and the Greenfield Better/Greener Living Show where I presented a workshop: Cover Crops for the Home Garden.  Kate Kennedy represented us at an Earth Day Festival/Urban Growers Gathering at UMass Lowell.  Sam Perkins, board member, represented us at Lincoln Labs/MIT and Douglas Frink attended the Charlton Earth Day Festival.  Amirah also attended the Biodiversity For a Livable Planet Conference at Harvard.

Let’s all give a BIG THANKS to all who give of their time (and cheese and chocolate too!) for this organization. 

I’m sad to say that we were able to attend only eight of the 13 events we were invited to in April.  That means all those folks who attended those other five events missed out on the opportunity to hear about NOFA and all our programs AND you missed out on volunteering and having a great experience. Think about volunteering a few hours of your time at our outreach table – free event entrance, credit towards workshops or membership! Next time, perhaps?

Our upcoming events are below – check them out! Remember, you get free admission and have fun meeting new people and talking about NOFA! Or stop by the table to say hi to the volunteer who did step up.  More events will be added to the website, as we receive the invitations. Contact me if you’re interested in volunteering:

Upcoming Events 

May 1:  Green Earth Festival. Shore Natural Science Center, Norwell

May 6: Teach In and Farmers Market, Northfield Mt Herman School

May 7:  Living the Change, Pittsfield

May 21: Franklin Park Zoo, Boston



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