The NOFA Summer Conference is a three day solutions-oriented annual celebration of the grassroots organic movement. Gardeners, farmers, growers and food-lovers from across the Northeast will again share their inspiration and ideas for organic food, farming, health, activism, and beyond. With an array of workshops, seminars, exhibits, food and fun, learning becomes a community action.
This year we’re excited to return to Hampshire College. With plenty of free parking, trees for shade, close accommodations and Hampshire’s commitment to local, organic food sourcing and sustainability, this year’s conference will provide the inclusive close knit community atmosphere upon which NOFA was founded.
In addition to over 100 workshops and sessions on everything from soil health and food preservation to mushrooms, bees and food activism, the conference features annual favorites like the Children’s Conference, contra dance, film screenings, local dinner celebration, farm tours, exhibitors tent, and live music and drumming. This year will also feature a “Country Fair”, showcasing farm and garden innovations as well NOFA-VT’s wood-fired mobile pizza oven.
Building community and making connections is the best part of the conference. We want anyone and everyone excited about this gathering to be there, regardless of income. Work exchange and scholarship opportunities are available, as are discounts for groups of five or more and multiple children from the same family.
2017 Keynote Speakers
Friday Keynote: Michael Phillips, organic orchardist
Michael Phillips is known across the country for helping people grow healthy fruit. The “community orchard movement” that he helped found provides a full immersion into the holistic approach to orcharding. His Lost Nation Orchard is part of a medicinal herb farm in northern New Hampshire. Michael’s newest book, Mycorrhizal Planet: How Symbiotic Fungi Work with Roots to Support Plant Health and Build Soil Fertility, will be available in March 2017.
Saturday Keynote: Dr. Huber, Professor Emeritus of Plant Pathology at Purdue University
For 55 years Dr. Huber has focused on the epidemiology and control of soilborne plant pathogens with emphasis on microbial ecology, cultural and biological controls, nutrient-disease interactions, pesticide-disease interactions, physiology of host-parasite relationships and techniques for rapid microbial identification. He has focused his work on the effects of Glyphosate(the main ingredient in Monsantos’s Round Up) on biological systems in soil and humans alike.
For more information and to register, please visit www.nofasummerconference.org.
Northeast Organic Farming Association
Christine Rainville, Registration Coordinator
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