Pre-conferences at the 2015 NOFA Summer Conference

All five pre-conference seminars take place in the UMass Campus Center on Friday, August 14.

Walk-in registrants are requested to come register at the registration tent before coming to the seminars.

To register for a pre-conference click HERE.

To learn more about the 5 great pre-conferences we invite you to read the article found HERE.

FULL-DAY PRE-CONFERENCE SESSION - 9:00am - 5:30pm, Friday, August 14

Pricing of the Full-Day Pre-Conference:
If You Are Just Attending the Full-Day Pre-Conference Session
By 7/17: Member $90/Non-member $113 - By 8/8: Mem. $95/ N-m. $119 After 8/8: Mem. $100/N-m. $125.

If You Are Attending at Least One-Day of the Main Conference in Addition to the Full-Day Pre-Conference:
By 7/17: Member $65/Non-member $81 - By 8/8: Mem. $70/ N-m. $8 After 8/8: Mem. $75/N-m. $94

Natasha Healing your body with the GAPS Nutritional Protocol
Campus Center Auditorium
Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride: Medical doctor, nutritional consultant and developer of the GAPS Diet.
GAP Syndrome (GAPS) stands for Gut And Psychology / Gut And Physiology Syndrome. It encompasses a range of diagnoses, including autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD/ADD), schizophrenia, depression, dyslexia, dyspraxia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder and many other psychological and psychiatric problems. It also includes autoimmune problems, allergies, asthma, eczema, MS, chronic fatigue syndrome, ME, fibromyalgia, arthritis, type one diabetes, chronic cystitis, chronic skin problems and many other physical conditions. All of these problems are becoming more and more common amongst our children and adults. Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride will be talking about what GAPS is and how to treat it with a sound nutritional protocol based on common sense and dietary traditions, used by people for millennia all over the world. Read Dr. Natasha's blog at

HALF-DAY SEMINARS (9:00am to 12:30pm, Friday, August 14) pre-conference sessions:
By 7/17, Member $30/Non-member $38 - By 8/8: Mem. $35/ N-m. $44 - After 8/8: Mem. $40/N-m. $50.

Brittany Creating Herbal Remedies for Digestive Wellness
Campus Center 803
Brittany Nickerson: Herbalist, health educator and food activist in North Amherst, MA.
Great health starts with great digestion and herbal remedies are a powerful and often underutilized resource for supporting the health of this system. Herbal remedies are excellent for preventative wellness as well as for healing acute and chronic issues as they arise.

This class will cover herbs that support all aspects of digestive wellness; from seasonal support to daily dietary and cooking tips to treating symptoms. We will discuss herbs that support metabolism and absorption, healthy flora, heal the gut and detoxify the system.

As we work, we will learn how to incorporate these herbs into simple home remedies including herbal teas, syrups, tinctures, vinegars and honeys - providing the tools to incorporate these herbs and practices into your everyday life.

Natasha Carbon Farming: Regenerative Agriculture for the Climate
Campus Center 805-09
Connor Stedman: Ecological designer, organizer of the internationally acclaimed Carbon Farming Course.
This intensive provides an overview of farming practices for the Northeast that have the potential to sequester atmospheric carbon and help stabilize the global climate. We'll review the basic science of climate change and carbon sequestration, explore global carbon farming methods and their regional applications, and discuss current trends in carbon farming research, monitoring, and markets. Specific practices discussed will include improved annual techniques (e.g., organic no-till, compost, cover cropping), improved pasture techniques (e.g., holistic rotational grazing, pasture/rangeland compost application), agroforestry systems (e.g., alley farming, silvopasture, multifunctional buffers, savanna mimic systems), and other methods (e.g., biochar, keyline water planning).

Ken Pastured Poultry: From Brooder to Bag
Campus Center 811-15
Ken Gies: Poultry Hatchery Owner and pastured chicken raising for 15 years.
In the first half, I will present the fundamentals of brooding, feeding and watering, field specifications for pasture, processing, and marketing organic pastured poultry - all with a minimalist approach to equipment. Beginners will get tools to get started and the experienced will gain information to improve their techniques. This will be a slide show with question and answer time.

The second half will be a hands-on time looking at the physical construction of low-cost equipment including homemade pens, feeders, waterers, nest box designs for laying hens, evisceration shackles, bleeder cones and a scalder. We will fabricate several shackles and they will be for sale at cost. This will also be a time for extra questions.

Sanne Becoming a Backyard Beekeeper
Campus Center 804-08
Sanne Kure-Jensen: Regular "Country Folks" contributor; manages education and outreach for NOFA/RI.
Increase your vegetable and fruit yields, protect threatened pollinators, improve local food security, and you may even receive a sweet bonus of delicious honey. Learn about honeybees' life cycle, important food plants and their habitat requirements. Learn about apiary site selection, installing package bees, why bees swarm and how to collect them.

Participants will build a complete Langstroth wooden beehive, which will be raffled off at the end of the workshop. Resource materials will include favorite nectar plants, essential equipment, potential suppliers and recommended reading.