The 2021 NOFA Summer Conference is Virtual and Broader Than Ever

Including Spanish Language Track, Indigenous-led Workshops and 50th Anniversary Celebration
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The 2021 NOFA Summer Conference is Virtual and Broader Than Ever

NOFA/Mass (Northeast Organic Farming Association/Massachusetts Chapter, Inc) Lisa Gilardi, Public Relations Coordinator 559-906-6934 lisa@nofamass.org 

 

Massachusetts, July 12, 2021: The annual NOFA Summer Conference is a regional educational event featuring over 50 presenters speaking on a wide variety of farming and gardening topics, such as soil health, seed saving, worm composting, and even how to make fresh mozzarella. This year’s online event will be available live and recorded, so you can absorb all the things you’re most interested in without having to pick and choose only a handful of workshops to attend. 

 

This year, you can dig deep into specific topics like “Understanding Asparagus”, and the “Feasibility of Growing Saffron to Enhance Farm Profitability and Sustainability”. Interested in animals? NOFA’s own Christy Bassett will hold the workshop “Keeping a Family Cow”, and Kirby Lecy of J&K’s Good Thyme Farm will offer practical advice on chicken coop design. 

 

New this year, the NOFA Summer Conference will offer a track in Spanish, featuring workshops on food and nutrition, as well as soil health. Maria Rodrigues presents “Por que es importante germinar,” a two-part series in which participants can join in sprouting seeds and creating recipes. In addition, Ruben Parrilla, the new NOFA/Mass Soil Technical Assistance Coordinator, presents “Biodiversidad del suelo y características de un suelo saludable,” a workshop on soil biodiversity. 

 

Also new this year, NOFA will partner with the Pocasset Pokanoket Land Trust to offer a special track, “Indigenous Roots Forever,” sharing experiences and information regarding Indigenous land stewardship. This track offers five workshops that delve into topics including sovereignty, skill-sharing, community building, food justice, and conservation. 

 

In addition to this year’s wide variety of workshops, registration covers the pre-conference soil-focused Fireside Chat with Christine Jones and Ray Archuleta, two of the world’s prominent soil health experts, as well as the No-Till Keynote Panel featuring Daniel Mays of Frith Farm, and Jen Salinetti of Woven Roots Farm. 2021 marks NOFA’s 50th anniversary which will be celebrated with three special panel sessions focusing on the past, present, and future of NOFA in relation to the community. 

 

The live conference runs from July 30th to August 6th, with a pre-conference event on July 15th. Find more information and register through a sliding-scale model at www.nofasummerconference.org.