Kickoff our annual Country Fair with a Parade!
The Parade begins at the children’s conference area and proceeds to the fairgrounds by the Exhibitor tent. Join us as the children lead the parade from the RCC down to the fairgrounds. You are welcome to join in the fun! Bring a sign, or yourself in costume, and come dance with us!
Browse our amazing conference vendors and discover new and delightful products! Our 70+ vendors are a great resource and a wealth of information as well as purveyors of high quality tools and lifestyle products to integrate into your organic life!
FUN & GAMES
Live Music with Valley Rebirth Band 4:30-6:00 PM
Citing influences ranging from Fela Anikulapo Kuti and Steel Pulse to The Beatles and The Police to Nina Simone and Bill Withers, the group folds "Afro-influenced folk," funk, soul, reggae, Latin & hip-hop elements into its expansive sound. Many of the group's tunes emanate from individual members and are collectively fleshed out; others are born spontaneously in the rehearsal space.
Meet the goats, alpacas, sheep, pigs and horses.
Enjoy the Country Fair and explore the various creations in our Maker’s Tent! Many creations will be on display and you’ll have the opportunity to get hands on experience.
Story Telling and crafts with the Eric Carle Museum 4:30-5:30 pm
Join us in celebrating nature through story time and art! An Art Educator from The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art will read picture books themed around nature and lead participants in an interactive story time with movement and song. Inspired by the books, participants will create their own artwork and tell stories with the materials provided.
Dale Perkins Horses 4:30-5pm
Come meet the powerful draft horses with Dale Perkins.
Traditional NOFA Fair Games & Pie Eating Contest 4-6pmCome out and play with us at the NOFA Fair. We will have fun games for all ages. Some games include: Corn hole, Giant Jenga, Giant Twister on the Lawn, Dominos, Peanut in a Haystack, Sack Race, Watermelon Seed Spit, Egg Spoon Race, Apple Basket Toss, Misfit Produce Pageant and, of course, the Pie Eating Contest at 5:45!
FOOD VENDORSStop by our wonderful food vendors (menus are subject to change)
Real Pickles- sampling organic, fermented vegetables, and jars for sale
Sun Kim Bop- Seoul Street Food. Korean BBQ short ribs with rice, kimchi & salad 2 kimchi tacos and dumpling combo, Veggie dumplings.
Crooked Stick Pops-fresh healthy ingredients, locally sourced whenever possible, to make brilliant flavors that are fun for families.
Holyoke Hummus-falafel, hummus and other Middle Eastern treats
Maple Mama- craft sparkling beverages made with local maple syrup
Flayvors of Cook Farm ice cream- A fifth generation Amherst dairy farm making ice cream since 1998
Hitchcock Brewing- a farm brewery and hopyard located in Whately, MA with a focus of local beer for local people.
Bug Hill Farm- a small, certified organic*, berry farm in Ashfield, MA growing raspberries, gooseberries, currants, wild and cultivated high-bush blueberries, elderberry, and aronia. Sample their fresh fruit shrubs and cordials.
DEMONSTRATIONS & MAKER’S FAIR
Saving Our Pollinators: Making Seed Bombs with Britt Florio
One-third of the food we eat develop their fruits and seeds with the help of insect pollinators such as butterflies, moths, wasps, and bees. Pollinators are essential to a resilient food system but many species are currently on decline. Stop by the pollinator friendly table to find out why pollinator species are struggling and what you can do about it. There will be interactive games, educational materials, and fun activities such as making seed bombs for folks to take home! Seed bombs are little balls of clay, compost, and native seeds that you throw on the ground. You can throw them in your yard, garden, field or a neglected space to transform it into a flowering oasis of pollinator friendly forage. A perfect activity for all ages!
Wool Spinning and Weaving with Leslie Ardison"Ever wanted to spin fiber? Leslie will be demonstrating how to spin wool. Come try spinning on a drop spindle and/or wheel." All ages.
Join Mel Gadd at his Beekeeping Exhibit at the NOFA Fair
He will have an Observation Hive with live bees in it so that you can see how the bees work inside the hive. He will have a number of informational photos-boards showing the life of the honeybee.
Join Lia from Turtle Tree Biodynamic Seed Initiative to learn the basics of how to save seeds from your garden.
Vegetable fermentation workshop
Katie Korby, a worker-owner and Fermentation Manager at Real Pickles Co-operative will teach youhome scale vegetable fermentation in a step by step process. You’ll leave knowing the basics to get you started fermenting on your own. We’ll talk about what you need, how to start your ferments, and work on recipe development. We’ll discuss troubleshooting and I’ll answer all your fermentation questions (I hope!). This workshop is suitable for folks who have never fermented before, and for those who have and want to learn more.
TEACUP RAFFLE FUNDRAISER!5pm at the Registration Tent Support the Farming Education Fund scholarship for the NOFA Summer Conference by participating in the teacup raffle! This year the raffle highlights some fantastic products from our vendors and some thoughtful donations from good souls: a variety of books, gift certificates for services, local honey, natural products and much more! Tickets can be preordered with your registration, and are available for sale at the raffle table in the Registration Tent during regular registration hours (Friday 11am - 7pm, Saturday 7am - 1pm); and throughout the fair until raffle winners are drawn at 5pm Saturday. Teacup raffle tickets are $1/ticket, or $5/six tickets. We're not able to hold or mail raffle prizes, so any raffle items that remain unclaimed as of 11am on Sunday will join the post-conference auction at 3pm on Sunday.
Main Lawn4:15 - 5:15pmDuring the fair you can gather with other folks who share a common passion. This is a wonderful opportunity to network and discuss topics with like-minded people. Meetups will be posted on a whiteboard at the Registration Tent during the conference. Meet at the registration tent, select a meetup and the facilitator will bring the group to a quiet, shady spot.
Massachusetts Healthy Soils Action Plan Listening Session
4:30-5:30 pm during the NOFA Country Fair; signs will be posted near the registration tent indicating the location of the gathering. Hosted by NOFA/Mass, Linnaean Solutions, and the Regenerative Design Group
Come help shape The Massachusetts Healthy Soils Action Plan - a blueprint for improving soil and land management practices for all land uses across the state. The blueprint will help to implement practices that reduce erosion and carbon emissions, improve production, increase carbon storage, enhance ecosystem services, and build resilience to extreme weather events.
The plan - administered by The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) and the Massachusetts Commission for Conservation of Soil, Water, & Related Resources - will also support policy makers, regulators, and program administrators in shaping current and future soil-related efforts to help the Commonwealth achieve its climate change and resiliency goals.
We invite you to learn about the project and engage in a discussion about how we can work together to build healthy, resilient soils in MA.