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32nd Annual NOFA/Mass Winter Conference Offers Exclusive Opportunities for Registrants

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This article comes from the NOFA/Massachusetts 2019 January Issue Newsletter

By Jason Valcourt, NOFA/Mass Winter Conference Coordinator

Winter Conference attendees with rapt attention

With the darkest days of winter behind us, we slowly march toward the exciting and exhilarating prospects of our farming and gardening missions.  Like a moth to the flame, we collectively turn our attention to strategizing our approach to the upcoming growing season.   And with a familiar delight, we relish the winter’s ruminations on those perennial questions that will determine our individual approach to this growing season. These questions that have been reverberating inside our minds, filling our notebooks and populating spreadsheets, now become slightly more urgent. We begin to work our calendars backward to the origins of the upcoming working of seed and soil. Some of those timelines seem imminent already.

For this reason, we curate 60+ workshop presenters and 60+ vendors to come together at the epicenter of our NOFA calendar of events, the annual Winter Conference.

Here is a sampling of the rich workshop topics on this year’s program. You can see the full list here.

  • The Science of Assessing and Improving the Health of Your Soil
  • Requirements & Regulations for Growing Hemp in MA
  • The Beekeeper's Year
  • A DIY "Cattle Panel' Greenhouse You Can Build (for under $250)
  • Home Remedies from Common Garden Plants
  • The Evolving No-Till Farm
  • Emerging Perennial Crops for New England Farms
  • Herbal Ghee: Debunking the Myths of Fat & Realizing its Medicine
  • Edge Silvopasturing - Start to Use Your Woods for Your Animals
  • Tune in to the Secret Garden of Your Gut Microbiome
  • The Battle for Real Organic (All Levels)
  • Medicine for the People: Learn to Make Herbal Tinctures & Salves
  • The How’s and Why’s of Fungal Friendly Farming

Three Full-Day intensive workshops are also offered, if you wish to focus your study. See full descriptions here.

  • The Principles and Science of Developing Regenerative Agriculture Ecosystems with our keynote speaker, John Kempf
  • Mushrooms as Medicine: Growing Culinary and Medicinal Fungi with Alex Dorr
  • Planning a Traditional, Four-Square Kitchen Garden with Christie Higginbottom

You can read more about what to expect from John Kempf in this article from our Education Director, Caro Roszell.

In addition to the workshop program we hope that you’ll also tap in to these exclusive opportunities that the conference has to offer:

  • We’ve created a Farmer’s Marketplace for you to sell and shop from other attendees that will be on site at the conference. Once you register, you will be invited to join and add your farm-related products to our interactive google sheet or order from producers who have items that they can deliver to you at the conference.
  • Our Children’s Conference costs $10 per child for an entire day of programming, including lunch. Yes, including lunch!
  • If you seek farm employees or agricultural employment, you can connect with others at our Job Fair Table.
  • Bring your special seeds to the Seed Swap table hosted by Bill Braun and Hannah Traggis of Ivory Silo Farm and share your seed treasures!
  • Raffle to win a Coolbot unit, donated by Store It Cold, LLC
  • Enjoy Meetups during lunch:
  • National Young Farmer’s Coalition with Caitlin Arnold, National Chapter Coordinator with the National Young Farmers Coalition
  • Regeneration Northeast with Adam Sacks from Biodiversity for A Livable Climate
  • LGBTQIA+ with Angela Roell, Organizational Change Consultant/ Owner Yard Birds Bees
  • Seed and Grow NOFA Domestic Fair Trade and Social Justice Work! With Elizabeth Henderson and Loius Battalen of the NOFA Domestic Fair-Trade Committee
  • “All ‘Cides” Coalition Building with Marty Dagoberto, NOFA/Mass policy director and Mary Jones from Toxics Action Center
  • Stay for our post-conference dinner.  The local, organic meal is catered by the chefs at WSU and all proceeds from ticket sales go to support NOFA/Mass.

The presenters are ready and the program is set. We hope you will you be joining our organic tribe in Worcester on Saturday, January 12th 2019.

You can register now and save $10 before the walk-in rate goes into effect on 1/10/19.

See you at the conference!

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