40th Annual NOFA Summer Conference


The 40th annual NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association) Summer Conference takes place August 8-10, 2014, at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA.

The workshops, which will all take place Saturday, August 9, 2014, include workshops that: address ways in which co-operative enterprises are improving the food system domestically and internationally; practical steps for farmers interested in marketing to food co-ops; and strategies for applying the cooperative model to growing more economically and environmentally sustainable food systems:

  • 8am: How Co-ops Make Healthy, Local Food More Accessible with Bonnie Hudspeth (Neighboring Food Co-op Association) & Micha Josephy (Cooperative Fund of New England)
  • 10am: Selling to Your Local Food Co-op with Tony White (Co-op Food Stores of NH and VT) and Erbin Crowell (NFCA)
  • 1pm: Co-ops in the Food System: Conversions, Start-ups and Supply Chains with Erbin Crowell (NFCA) and Adam Trott (Valley Alliance of Worker Co-ops)
  • 3pm: How Co-ops Spur Organic Farming in Global South with Rodney North (Equal Exchange)

Following this group of workshops, there will be a special screening of the film “Food for Change,” a feature-length documentary focusing on food co-ops as a force for dynamic social and economic change in American culture.

The NOFA Summer Conference features over 150 workshops on farming, gardening, land care, nutrition, & food politics; full and half day pre-conferences; and 100+ exhibitors. This is a family-friendly event with activities for children and teens, a country fair, and organic meals. Budget conscious accommodations are available, including camping and dorms.  This year’s keynote speaker, Elaine Ingham, is a soil scientist and researcher, teaching growers to foster microbial life in soils.

To register visit: www.nofasummerconference.org. Early bird pricing is available through July 11.