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2015 Soil and Nutrition Conference – Farm as Ecosystem

February 11, 2015 (All day) to February 12, 2015 (All day)
First Churches
129 Main Street
Northampton, MA

By Feb 10: NOFA/BFA member $125; Non-member $156

There is a limited amount of scholarship funding available to NOFA and BFA members in financial need. If you are willing to work for 2 hours, we will credit you $50 off your conference registration. Apply for a scholarship now.

NOFA/Mass and Bionutrient Food Association (BFA) are proud to present the fourth annual Soil and Nutrition Conference, a Conference that is making the connection between soil health, plant health, and our health, while also fostering community with Conference attendees.

This year's presenters are John Slack of Boreal Agrominerals, Inc., Ontario, Canada ( ), Derek Christianson of Brix Bounty Farm (, Dan Kittredge of Bionutrient Food Association  ( O'Hara of Tobacco Road Farm, Lebanon, CT, and Mark Fulford of Teltane Farm, Monroe, ME (

Schedule of the 2015 Soil and Nutrition Conference
Day 1:
8:30am – John Slack – Soil Geology and Mineral Deficiency
10:00am – Mid-morning Break
10:30am – Mark Fulford – Beyond Chemistry: Soil Biology and Soil Cycles
12:30pm – Lunch
1:30pm – Bryan O'Hara – No Till Vegetable Cropping Methods
3:00pm – Mid-afternoon Break
3:30pm – Mark Fulford – Revitalizing Pasture Land
5:30pm – Dinner
6:45pm – An Evening Conversation on Coalition and Strategy – Facilitated by Dan Kittredge and Derek Christianson (please see description below)
8:00pm – End of Day 1

Day 2:
7:15am – Breakfast
8:30am – John Slack – Crop Health, and Strategies for Scientific Remineralization
10:00am – Mid-morning Break
10:30am – Derek Christianson – Early Season and Dry Weather Production
12:30pm – Lunch
1:30pm – Bryan O'Hara – Homemade Inoculants, Sprays, and Drenches
3:00pm – Mid-afternoon Break
3:30pm – Derek Christianson – Fertility Programs, and Dan Kittredge – Quality Research Update
5:00pm – The End

Breadth of Topics Include:

  • Derek Christianson of Brix Bounty Farm, Dartmouth, MA ( discussing Specific Management, Early Season Production, and Dry Weather Production.
  • Dan Kittredge of Bionutrient Food Association (, for Update on Quality Research.
  • John Slack – Soil GeoChemistry and Mineral Deficiency, Crop Health, and Strategies for Scientific Remineralization.
  • Bryan O'Hara – No Till Vegetable Cropping Methods, Homemade Inoculants, Sprays, and Drenches.
  • Mark Fulford – Revitalizing Pasture Land, and Beyond Chemistry: Soil Biology and Soil Cycles.

This two day conference will be filled with valuable, useful, and time tested information for growers and consultants seeking to expand their growing skills with proven strategies.  Participate in the discussions to further enhance your understanding of creating healthy, vibrant soils and resilient crops of higher quality.  Intensive information sharing taking place during these two days will help provide invaluable guidelines to improve production and profitability on your farm, improve your health and vitality, and increase your likelihood of achieving continued success and viability during a period of time of increased extreme weather conditions, from droughts to high rain fall amounts.

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What should I expect to gain?

1) Greater understanding of mineral balancing and trace mineral requirements in the soil, plant, animal, and human.

2) New strategies to balance, invigorate, and expand the hidden workforce of microorganisms for enhanced farm profitability, using specific organisms as problem solvers.

3) Increased recognition of the power of foliar fertilizing, natural plant growth stimulants, leaf analysis, and in-field monitoring tools.

4) Improved acknowledgment of the interrelationship between soil health, animal health, human health, and planetary health.

5) Camaraderie and relationship building with those of like mind from around the northeast and beyond!


By Dec  1:  NOFA/BFA member $100; Non-member $125

By Feb 10:  NOFA/BFA member $125; Non-member $156

On Feb 11:  NOFA/BFA member $150; Non-member $188


February 11, 2015: Lunch, and Dinner

February 12, 2015: Breakfast, and Lunch

Please consider also bringing a travel mug for coffee and tea that is available at the Conference.

Participants are asked to sign up for a 15-minute shift of serving meals or cleaning up.

With Food, there are two options of either paying $50.00 or contributing $50.00 retail value of food.  On the Registration Form, please check off which option you will be doing.  With contributing $50.00 retail value of food option, you will then be contacted by the Food Coordinator.

The food coordinator, Mira Nussbaum,, will be organizing the food items offered, and she will be preparing the meals, and she will contact you if what you’re offering needs to be changed or clarified.  We will send you a reminder email of the food you have committed to bring, for we base our menu on these commitments.  We request that food be delivered to the kitchen by 8:00am when arriving at the conference.  We request raw and pre-washed or value-added organic vegetables, meat, and/or dairy products, especially if you produced it yourself.  No GMOs.

Home Stays

Home Stays are full.

Other Nearby Hotels and Motels:
Amherst Motel: 408 Northampton Rd (Route 9), Amherst (413) 256-8122
Econo Lodge: 329 Russell Street (Route 9), Hadley (413) 582-7077
Howard Johnson: 401 Russell St (Route 9), Hadley 413-586-0114
University Lodge: 345 North Pleasant Street, Amherst (413) 256-8111
Lord Jeffery Inn: 30 Boltwood Avenue, Amherst (413) 253-2576
Comfort Inn: 237 Russell Street (Route 9), Hadley (413) 584-9816
Hampton Inn: 24 Bay Road, Hadley (413) 586-4851
Holiday Inn Express: 400 Russell Street (Route 9), Hadley (413) 582-0002
Norwottuck Inn: 208 Russell Street (Route 9), Hadley (413) 587-9866
Hotel Northampton: 36 King Street, Northampton (413) 584-3100
Quality Inn & Suites: 117 Conz Street, Northampton (413) 586-1500


On the registration from, there is an opportunity to indicate your interest in being connected with Conference attendees in your area who also wish to carpool to the event.


Find directions to the 2015 Soil and Nutrition Conference on the website of First Churches (


During the weekday, the closest all-day parking option is the E. John Gare Parking Garage, located at the end of Armory Street, which can be reached via Pleasant Street or Hampton Avenue.  The rate is $0.50 per hour.  Here is a city map of Northampton, MA, identifying acceptable parking locations:

For a description of other suitable parking locations, please visit the Parking Lots web page of the City of Northampton, MA, website:

On the city map, First Churches is located on 129 Main Street, in between Center Street to the left, and Gothic Street to the right.

Registering, Cancellations, and Refunds

Register Online or print and complete the mail-in registration form.  Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis and are acceptable only upon receipt of payment, check or credit card.

Cancellations and Refunds are per the information included on the 2015 Soil and Nutrition Conference Registration Form, including any processing fees and noted dates.

For more information on this event - Contact Gary Neves, or cell: 774-573-6804.

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