General Logistics & Information

Limited mobility?  If you have limited mobility and need a ride on the golf cart, call Chuk Kittredge at 978-257-2400.

Wheelchair Accessibility: Much of UMass is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us in advance with any special needs, especially if you will be staying in the dormitories.

Contacting Conference Staff: If you need help, information, or you want to contact the conference staff, go to the conference headquarters at the registration table under the big tent. Find a full staff contact list on page 9. The phone number for the NOFA Summer Conference Registration Coordinator, Christine Rainville, is (508) 572-0816.

Name Tag: Your name tag is your admission pass to all conference workshops, meals, and special events. It must be worn in a visible manner at all times as you will be asked to show it to gain entrance to workshops, meals, and all other events.

Messages and Announcements: There is a bulletin board at the registration area in the big tent to use for messages, announcements, and car-pooling to farm tours. Call Christine at the registration desk: (508) 572-0816. In emergencies, we will try to page you. For non-emergencies, we will post messages on the bulletin board. Please check it periodically.

First Aid: If you need minor medical attention, come to the registration tent (On campus map on page 150. For extreme emergencies where an ambulance or fire engine is needed, call the UMass Police Department at (413) 545-2121. While dialing 911 will work, calls to 911 will be redirected from the State Police barracks in Northampton. The Cooley Dickinson Hospital is located in nearby Northampton.

ATMs: Fee-free ATMs are located on the ground level of the Campus Center.

Telephones: No payphones are available on Campus. There are speaker phones outside the doors to dormitories from which you can dial campus extensions.

Minimize Waste: Please help us reduce what gets sent to the landfill. Bins

for recyclables (cans, glass, paper, plastic), compostables (food scraps) and garbage, will be at convenient locations throughout campus. Please sort your waste and place in the appropriate bins.

Chemical Sensitivity: For the health and safety of those who are chemically sensitive, kindly refrain from wearing volatile compounds such as scented hairspray, perfume, cologne or aftershave.

Pets: Please leave your pets at home! UMass Security and NOFA staff will ask you to remove your pet from the campus if you bring it. The exception to this rule is service animals. If you will be bringing a service animal to campus, please inform NOFA registration staff ahead of time, especially if you will be staying in the dormitories.

Connect to the UMass Wireless Network: Free access to the UMass Wireless Network is available throughout the campus. Please follow the instructions below:

Guest Username: 81965256

Guest Password: 92488895

Valid: August 11-14, 2016

Instructions for connecting to the UMass Wireless Network:

  1. Check that you are in wireless coverage area
  2. Enable your wireless card
  3. Be sure that your SSID is UMASS (NOT UMASS SECURE 1X)
  4. Open a Web browser: log in with your Guest User Name and Password.

Note: Use of the wireless network is covered by the Acceptable Use Policy. The University reserves the right to revoke guest access at any time for any violation, misuse, compromised, infected or otherwise misconfigured host. Wireless connectivity is not guaranteed.


NOFA Membership Information


Become a member of NOFA and receive a variety of discounts, including a 20% discount off registration fees to the NOFA Summer Conference. The seven NOFA state chapters are listed below with their dues. Most chapter memberships include subscriptions to NOFA’s quarterly farm journal, The Natural Farmer, except where asterisked.

Connecticut: Individual $50, Family $60, Business/Institution $125, Supporting $200, Student/Senior $30, Digital Only $25* Massachusetts: Individual $40, Family/Farm/Organization $50, Business $75, Premier Business $125, Supporting $250, Low Income $25 New Hampshire: Individual/Couple $35, Family/Farm $50, Non-Profit $75, Business $100, Basic/Student $25 New Jersey: Individual $40*, Family/Farm $70*, Business/Organization $150*, Corporate $250*, Student $20* TNF costs $10/year extra New York: To receive the Summer Conference discount, a minimum individual membership donation of $45 is required. Enter membership payment here _________ Rhode Island: Individual $35, Family $50, Farm/Business $60, Student/Senior $25, Supporter $125, Friend of NOFA/RI $250 Vermont: Low Income/Student/Senior $25, Individual $40,Family $55, Farm $65, Business $100, Friend of NOFA $250



Parking Information

Where to Park Before Going to Registration: UMass restricts many parking lots on campus before 5pm during the week to accommodate its employees. Before going to registration on Friday afternoon, we recommend that you park in one of the two following places:

The Campus Center Parking Garage(recommended)  Located on 1 Campus Center Way, will be open all weekend and is adjacent to the Conference Center. The rate is $1.75/hour 5am-5pm, payable in cash only to the garage attendant upon exit. If you will be in the garage for an extended period, request a discount coupon at the registration tent. This coupon entitles you to a full day of parking in the garage for a flat rate of $6.00 for each day. Simply present the discount coupon, along with your garage gate ticket, to the attendant the first time you exit the garage. (On the UMass Campus Map, on page 150 you will find the Parking Garage.

Lot 12 on Commonwealth Ave(20 min walk, uphill)   Available for parking throughout the entire conference at no charge. No need to move your car! Signs will direct you from the parking lots to the Registration Tent. For most people, especially those staying on campus throughout the weekend, Lot 12 will be the preferred parking location. In general, please read parking signs carefully and be sure to pay for any metered parking during hours of operation.

For Exhibitors/Vendors: Exhibits must be set up between 7am and 10am on Friday, August 12. A large sign marked “NOFA Exhibitor Entrance” will be placed at the intersection of North Pleasant Street and the service road abutting the North side of the Fine Arts Center. Exhibitors and Vendors will access the exhibit tent and the pond lawn from this service road by turning right onto the dirt road on the east side of the pond, unloading exhibit materials expeditiously, turning right at the end of the dirt road onto the sidewalk abutting the new Integrative Learning Center, and exiting onto North Pleasant Street to find parking. NOFA volunteers will assist with moving items for exhibits to the exhibit tent. On Friday morning from 7am - 11am, a detail officer will ensure an orderly traffic flow. Any exhibitors able to unload from their parking space are encouraged to do so.

Free Parking is Available After 5pm on Friday and All-day on Saturday and Sunday in any non-restricted, non-reserved space or lot campus wide. Check parking signs for restrictions as UMass will tow your vehicle.

Where to park for Campers and RVs/Camper Vans: Those camping should park in the Campus Center parking garage, or Lot 12(20min walk). More instructions will be given at Registration.  Large RVs/camper vans park in Lot 14 on Stadium Dr.  

Important Towing Information: Be sure to read parking signs for restrictions! Vehicles must be parked in designated lots - read signs in parking areas! If you park in a Tow Zone or a Restricted Lot, you will be towed. If your vehicle is towed, you may claim it at Ernie's Towing in North Amherst by calling (413) 586-1021. The charge is currently $85.00, payable in CASH ONLY (no checks or credit cards). There is an additional charge of $35.00 per day for vehicles left unclaimed longer than 24 hours. (These fees are subject to change.) These charges are in addition to any applicable parking fees payable to the University of Massachusetts. Should you need a ride to Ernie's to claim your car, you can call the number above and ask for a ride.

Checking In and Housing Options

Check-in & Registration Hours: Go to the Registration Tent to get your program book, addendum, nametag, dorm assignment, and camping permit before you go to workshops, dorms or camping areas. Plan to spend up to 15 minutes at registration lines during peak hours.

The Registration Tent is open:

  • Friday: 7am - 7pm
  • Saturday: 7am - 2pm & 5 - 7pm
  • Sunday: 7-11am

For Those Staying in UMass Housing: After you've received your registration materials at the Registration Tent, you will check in at your housing. Those staying in regular Dorm Rooms will check in at the Wheeler Dorm, next to the Franklin Dining Commons. (On campus map on page 150, find Wheeler Dorm at J)  Those staying in Dorm Suites should check in at North Dorm Suites B. (On campus map on page 150, find North Dorm Suites B at K.


Dorm Key Policy: Dorm building access cards and room keys will be picked up where you check in (i.e., Wheeler Dorm or North Dorm Suite B, see above). UMass requires that you leave a $70 deposit per key or card. The deposit must be a check made out to "UMass". UMass will hold this deposit until you check out. UMass charges $20 for lost access cards and $50 for lost keys. You will be charged one night's lodging for any residence hall room you reserved in advance, even if you did not stay there after you reserved it.

Check-out: Guests at both the Regular Dorm Rooms and the North Dorm Suites will be responsible for returning their room key and access card to the UMass Housing Staff working at the same desk where check-in takes place - in Wheeler Dorm or North Dorm Suite B. Participants will receive their check back, provided their key and access card are returned and are without damage. All guests must check-out of their residence halls by 3pm on Sunday.

Regular Dorm Rooms: Dorm fees are per person, per night, and not per room. Dorm rates vary by age. Ages 12 and under must room with guardian. Housing for ages 3 and under is free. Teen housing (ages 13-19) costs less than adults. A rate of $10/night applies for children (ages 3-12). If you would like to share a room with another person, you will be assigned a room with two single beds, and you will have an opportunity to designate whom you'll stay with. There is a limit of 2 adults and 2 children that may stay in a room. One of the standard dorms (Brooks) has an elevator. Please inform registration staff of any mobility limitations if elevator access is important to you.

*** Bring sheets, blankets, pillow, towel, and fan, as temperatures may be high.

Dorm Suites include 4 single bedrooms (rented individually), 2 baths, common area with kitchen, A/C. Limit 1 adult, 1 child per single bedroom. ***Dorm Suites common area, kitchen, and bathrooms may be shared with other conference participants. *** Bring sheets, blankets, pillow, towel, and fan, as temperatures may be high. ***Bring any plates, cups or cookware you may need.

Camping: 15'x15' tent sites in designated areas are available first come, first served, one tent per site. Camping fees are $21 per tent, per night. No open fires. Camper vans and RVs must stay in assigned parking lot. (No hook-ups). Permit must be displayed on tent or camper. No camping without a paid camping permit.

Late Arrivals: If you arrive after registration hours, campers set up your tent in the camping area; for dorms go to Wheeler; or, for suites go to North Dorm Suites B to get your room assignment.

UMass Hotel: Rooms available at the UMass Campus Hotel, single or double occupancy: $142.00 per room, per night (plus applicable taxes and fees, currently 6% plus $1.00 per room, per night).


Other Nearby Hotels and Motels:

  • Amherst Motel: 408 Northampton Rd (Route 9), Amherst (413) 256-8122.
  • Econo Lodge: 329 Russell Street (Route 9), Hadley (413) 582-7077.
  • Howard Johnson: 401 Russell St (Route 9), Hadley (413) 586-0114.
  • University Lodge: 345 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst (413) 256-8111
  • Lord Jeffery Inn: 30 Boltwood Avenue, Amherst (413) 253-8200
  • Comfort Inn: 237 Russell Street (Route 9), Hadley (413) 584-9816
  • Hampton Inn: 24 Bay Road, Hadley (413) 586-4851
  • Holiday Inn Express: 400 Russell Street (Route 9), Hadley (413) 582-0002
  • Knights Inn: 208 Russell Street (Route 9), Hadley (413) 585-1552