2018 Intensives

Four intensive workshops on Friday offer a deep dive into five fascinating topic for you to explore. These intensives provide three back to back sessions on a particular subject so you can immerse yourself and explore one topic extensively. Please note that Friday intensives happen before the main conference begins, are not included in the main event registration fees.

Friday, August 11th

Prison Food Justice Programs

The workshop leads participants through the development and implementation of prison food justice programs. We will cover:

- Inside offerings for incarcerated participants on organic gardening, therapeutic horticulture, maintaining greenhouses, preparing nutritious food, preserving produce, creating food-related business plans, and developing critical thinking in related academic courses

- Trauma-informed and participatory pedagogical approaches

- Local food procurement and waste reduction within carceral settings

- Community re-entry support, including farm and food systems job placement, cooperative business development, and college enrollment

- Supporting families at every step of the prison pipeline, from pre-trial to sentencing to post-release, and the role of nutritious food and agriculture

- Designing equitable action-based research and program evaluation tools that are participant-led and center participants’ voices

Angela Roell: Teaches at the Franklin County House of Corrections and University of Massachusetts, owns Yard Birds Farm.

Abrah Dresdale: Coordinates the Jail-to-Farm-to-College & Employment Program at the Franklin Co Jail and teaches in the Sustainable Food and Farming program at University of Massachusetts-Amherst. 

Douglass DeCandia: Grows food for Westchester Food Bank with youth and adults who are currently incarcerated.

Jalal Sabur: Co-founded the Freedom Food Alliance and Victory Bus Project to support incarcerated individuals and their families.

Seed Sovereignty

All across Turtle Island (North America) we are seeing a great resurgence of indigenous tribes building healthy and resilient food systems as a cornerstone to cultural and ecological renewal programs, as well as a means to reclaim indigenous economies and true economic and political sovereignty.The Indigenous Seed Keepers Network is helping leverage resources for indigenous communities cultivating culturally appropriate solutions to restoring seed stewardship of traditional foods.  In the age of the increasing industrialization of our food and the erosion of biodiversity within cultural contexts, the Indigenous Seed Keeper Network asks the questions that assists communities of diverse cultures and backgrounds; Can we envision the Seed Commons, and coordinate collaborative efforts to care and protect for our seeds that is in right relationship to a diverse understanding of cultural values and cosmology? How can we use the process of reclaiming our traditional seeds and food as a powerful means of cultural restoration? Integral in the overall seed justice seed movement is the cultural memories and stories, and how we regain a sense of who we are as a culture through our foods and seeds.  Join us as we talk about the creative ways of re-integrating seed stewardship back into our local community food systems, and how we can deepen our understanding of the nourishing cycles of life. We will also be doing hands-on seed cleaning demonstration, and a seed swap and giveaway as well.

Rowen White: Seed Keeper and farmer from the Mohawk community of Akwesasne and a passionate activist for indigenous seed and food sovereignty.  She is the director and founder of the Sierra Seeds, and the current National Project Coordinator and advisor for the Indigenous Seed Keeper Network. Rowen's passion is in teaching and mentoring, and has developed many curricula which focus on holistic, indigenous permaculture based approach to seed stewardship which honors the many layers of seed culture; from practical hands on skills, cultural context and memory with guiding principles that are rooted in an indigenous ecology of relations. She teaches and facilitates creative seed stewardship immersions around the country within tribal and small farming communities, as well as offering an online distance learning seasonal mentorship called Seed Seva.  She weaves stories of seeds, food, culture and sacred Earth stewardship on her blog, Seed Songs.

Homesteading 101

Is homesteading in your future?  Your dream, but a bit stuck on how to proceed, what to think about, steps to be taken?

Spend the day with Sharon Gensler, homesteader for 38 years, exploring her homestead.  What worked and what didn’t as well as important things learned along the way (sometimes too late).

She’ll explore many of the possible things to consider before starting out:  dreams, location, site, food, shelter, alternative energy, money.

Then first & continuing steps to consider when turning your dream into an action plan.

The afternoon will be spent delving deeper into topics such as food, Harvest & preservation, and poultry.

Sharon Gensler: educator, sustainability coach and mentor, and homesteader using no-till gardening methods for 38 years.

The World Of Putting Up

Join Artisanal Chef/ Food Educator Rosa Galeno as she shares her passion for putting up and pulling from the pantry all year long. Enjoy the return of summer flavors, and a connection to your food source, every time you open a jar from your pantry.

This class will have three parts:

Vinegar: An intensive demonstration of the basic foundation of making vinegar and the value of cooking with it, as well as a discussion of the relationship between vinegar and the MOTHER. A demonstration of putting up vinegar peppers will be included.

Tomatoes: Learn how to preserve the incredible tomato with 4 different methods, all modified and fine-tuned over many years to have the least amount of waste. When winter winds howl, open a jar and smell summer.

Basil: Keeping basil – though basil lasts only a few days after being harvested, you will learn how to keep your basil preserved in the fridge for over a year….and other herbs!

Rosa Galeno: chef and author, is completing a cookbook on food preservation and the return of the pantry.

Pricing for Intensivesby 6/27after 6/28
Friday Intensive NOFA member rate$95$105
Friday Intensive non-member rate$113$125
Friday Intensive with Saturday NOFA member$165$204
Friday Intensive with Saturday non-member$197$244
Friday Intensive with Sat/Sun NOFA member$175$214
Friday Intensive with Sat/Sun non-member$209$255