Summer Conference Press Release

Solutions at forefront of 2016 NOFA Summer Conference

AMHERST, MA – The largest such gathering in the Northeast, the NOFA Summer Conference features three days of organic immersion, with 200 workshops to provide inspiration and ideas for organic food, farming, health, activism, and beyond. The conference will take place August 12-14.

Together 1000 participants will build on the 42-year NOFA Summer Conference tradition, exploring solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing us, from climate change to racial inequity and beyond. Helping to frame the conversation and provide powerful models and inspiration are our two keynote speakers, Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm and André Leu of the International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements (IFOAM).

Ms. Penniman and her family operate Soul Fire Farm, situated on 72 acres in the rural hills northeast of Albany, New York. She is an educator and social justice activist, working locally, regionally and internationally to end racial and other injustices in the food system. Her Friday night keynote speech is titled “Ending Racism in Farming and Food: 10 Not ­So ­Easy Steps”.

Mr. Leu is an advocate for the use of organic farming techniques to mitigate against and adapt our food systems to the effects of climate change. His family operates a 150-acre fruit farm in Australia. He works internationally educating farmers about how to work with, rather than against, ecological systems. His Saturday evening keynote speech is titled “Regenerative Organic Agriculture: How We Can Reverse Climate Change”.

Knowledgeable presenters will offer workshops on a variety of topics in eight 90-minute sessions. Before the conference begins, five half and full day intensive seminars will take place on grazing, homesteading, season extension, digestive wellness and regenerative agriculture.

Modest registration fees, inexpensive dorm rooms and camping, plus delicious, wholesome organic meals, farm tours, a country fair and live entertainment are all features of the gathering. This family-friendly event also offers age-appropriate and fun activities for children and teens.

With chapters in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont, NOFA is a non-profit organization with over 5,000 members working to advocate for and educate about healthy food, organic growing practices, agricultural justice and a cleaner environment.

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Contact: Nicole Belanger, 508-450-2441,