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Immerse Yourself in the Rich and Fertile Summer Conference Line Up

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This article comes from the NOFA/Massachusetts 2018 July Issue Newsletter

By Jason Valcourt and Michelle Cruz, Summer Conference Committee Members

These are the days we crave. Full sun, full bloom, full baskets. Now that it’s the peak of summer, the days are long and hot, the garden is beginning to reward us with its most precious and beloved fruits, and we begin to see all our hard work paying off, even though we know it will not let up for another few months. The long hours, the constant attention to detail and the myriad projects that fill our notebooks are like the tide, carrying us toward the shore of the fall and winter months. We hope you are taking breaks, staying hydrated and focused on all the wins you are accomplishing along the way.

On August 10-12 we will again welcome the NOFA community back to Hampshire College for a heavy dose of the family we call the organic movement. With over 130 workshop presenters, 70 vendors, our amazing keynote speakers, Rowen White and Eric Holt Gimenez, and 900 of our closest friends, we will celebrate and immerse ourselves in the latest developments of organic agriculture and lifestyle. Our lineup this year is rich and fertile, with expert farmers, teachers, and merrymakers weaving together a weekend on the Hampshire Campus to cap off your summer.

Visit to find out all about the conference and register online!

Friday Intensive Seminars

Our pre-conference intensive seminars are your opportunity to spend a full day of extensive exploration with our amazing presenters. If you can’t attend the entire weekend, maybe you want to join us for a day to deepen your knowledge base.

Our keynote speaker, Rowen White, founder of Sierra Seeds, will explore the deep meaning and practicalities of seed saving practices that come straight from her experience as a seed steward of the Mohawk community of Akwesasne. Rowen writes a blog, Seed Songs, where she shares her most recent insights about seeds and her perspective on the world we live in.

Delve deeply into food preservation methods with Rosa Galeno to help you put up your harvest so you can taste summertime during those long winter months!

Learn how to develop and implement various types of Prison Food Justice programs with Abrah Dresdale, Angela Roell, Jalal Sabur, and Douglas DeCandia. You will learn how to support those incarcerated through agricultural therapy and other programs as well as family members navigating the unique challenges of supporting their loved one.

Fire up your dream homestead project under the guidance of experienced homesteader Sharon Gensler. Fulfilling your homestead dream takes planning. Get a jump start to avoid mistakes and get up and running as easily as possible.

See full intensive descriptions here.

Amazing Workshops

We are happy to have gathered an amazing, passionate, and talented lineup of workshop presenters offering workshops to educate you on whatever topic you are interested in, such as the following: the art of espalier, soap making, mushroom cultivation, permaculture design, soil management strategies, urban farm design, organic grazing techniques, social therapy through gardening, lean farming principles, building cooperative power, plant breeding, farming economics, draft horsepower and many more.

For a full list of workshops click here.

Youth Workshops

Summer Conference kids have their own workshop schedule with creative educators, entertainers and presenters that will keep them learning and engaged throughout the entire weekend.

See the schedule for the kids here.

Let’s talk: Where Do We Go From Here?

Organic integrity is under attack now more than ever, and on Saturday evening at the conference we will gather for a discussion about the direction the organic movement needs to go in the next chapter of its legacy. Do we abandon the USDA? Try to fix it? Is it too broken? Is it still valuable? Join our panel of experienced farmers and activists, anchored by Francis Thicke, former head of the National Organic Standards Board, and Eliot Coleman of Four Season Farm to discuss!

Food and Fun

We are happy to have local band done good, Lux Deluxe, joining as part of our entertainment this August!

A quintet whose members have been playing together about a quarter of their lives, LuxDeluxe steeps their music in classic rock waters and then adds a modern touch to create a near-perfect sound for just about anyone with ears. The Northampton based band makes catchy, straight-ahead rock'n'roll (with an emphasis on the roll) influenced by the likes of Wilco, The Rolling Stones, and most notably, the cult-favorite band NRBQ.

The band released its second album, “It’s a Girl,” last year, with the song “So Far Away” being chosen as Song of the Year on the tastemaker radio station, 93.9 The River as well as being reviewed and labeled a band to watch for by Pitchfork Magazine.

Check out some of their music below! They will also be playing some fun covers...Look for them on Saturday night at the conference to see what they have for us!

Register now online and secure your spot to join us at Hampshire College August 10-12!


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