Conference Logistics

Updated July, 2015

Transportation And Parking
Checking-in and Housing Options
Food Options and Menus
General Logistical Information

Transportation and Parking

You can offer or request a ride to the conference, using the NOFA Summer Conference online carpooling form here:

Shuttles and Busses: Valley Transporter 253-1350 and Seemo Shuttle (413) 586-1120 are two services that run shuttles from Bradley (Windsor Locks, CT) to Amherst. PVTA bus service runs to UMass/Amherst from both Amherst Center and Northampton in the summer. Call (413) 586-5806 or for current schedule info.

Where to park before Going to Registration: UMass restricts many parking lots on campus before 5pm during the week to accommodate its employees. Read below for a parking option that suites your needs.

The Campus Center Parking Garage, immediately adjacent to the Campus Center, is open all weekend. The rate is $1.50/hour during the day, and a $3.00 flat rate from 5:00 pm - 5:00 am, payable in cash only to the garage attendant upon exit. If you park in the garage for an extended period, please pick up a discount coupon at the registration tent, which entitles you to a full day of parking in the garage for a flat fee of $5.00/day. Simply present the discount coupon, along with your garage gate ticket, to the attendant the first time you exit the garage. The attendant will charge you the entire amount up front and staple a receipt to your coupon, which allows you to come and go for the rest of your duration on campus for that day. (On the UMass Campus Map, find the Parking Garage at P, in cross section of 3 & B).

Lot 49 is free parking, available throughout the entire conference. Lot 49 is located up the hill on Clark Hill Rd, beyond Wheeler Dorm. You may leave your car here for the entire conference for free and not have to move it! (On the UMass Campus Map, find Lot 49 at Q, pointing off the page up Clark Hill Rd).

Lot 44, like lot 49, is free parking available throughout the entire conference. Lot 44 may be ideal for people staying in the North Dorm Suites, which are a 15 min walk from Franklin Dining Commons. (On the UMass Campus Map, find Lot 44 at R, pointing off the page past North Dorm Suites)

Lot 62 and 63: Starting at 5pm on Friday and lasting until Sunday, the closest free parking option will be Lots 62 and 63, adjacent to Franklin Dining Commons. Don't park in Lots 62 and 63 before 5pm on Friday or you will be ticketed/towed. Turn from N. Pleasant Street onto Thatcher Rd, pass Franklin Dining Commons and follow orange signs for Lot 62 and 63, (On the UMass Campus Map, find Lots 62 and 63 at S, in cross section of 3 & D).

Lot 71: has the same restrictions as Lots 62 and 63, but may be ideal for campers due to its proximity to the camping area, starting at 5pm on Friday and lasting until Sunday. Don't park in Lot 71 before 5pm on Friday or you will be ticketed/towed. (On the UMass Campus Map, find Lot 71 at T, in cross section of 5 & C).

For Exhibitors/Vendors: Exhibits must be set up between 7am and 10am on Friday, August 14. A large sign marked "NOFA Exhibitor Entrance" will be placed at the intersection of N. 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 N. 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.

Where to park for Campers and RVs/Camper Vans: We recommend that campers and RVs/camper vans park in lot 44. Please plan to walk from your parking area, bringing camping gear with you.

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 ticketed or towed. If your vehicle is towed, you may claim it at Amherst Towing, 100 Sunderland Road in North Amherst, by calling (413) 549-0828. The charge is currently $87.91, payable by CASH OR CREDIT CARD, but NOT Check. These charges are in addition to any applicable parking fees payable to the University of Massachusetts. Should you need a ride to Amherst Towing to claim your car, you can call the number above and ask for a pick-up.


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.

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. Those staying in a Dorm Suite should check in at North Apartment Building C, which is just south of Lot 44.

Regular Dorm Rooms Dorm fees are per person, per night, and not per room. Dorm rates vary by age (see page 4 for details). Ages 12 & 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 note mobility limitations on your registration form 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.

Dorm Key Policy: Dorm building access cards and room keys will be picked up at assigned dorm. A -$70 deposit per key/card set will be held until return, checks made out to "UMass" are required. $20 charge for lost access cards, $50 for lost keys. You will be charged one night's lodging for any residence hall room reserved in advance but not occupied. The charge will reflect the occupancy rate at which it was reserved.

Camping: 15'x15' tent sites in designated areas on west side of the Campus Pond, opposite the Main Tent, are available first come, first served, one tent per site. Camping fees are $21 per tent, per night. No open fires. Toilets are in nearby Campus Center or port-a-potties. Showers are an 8 Minute walk to Brett dorm. Camping area has street lamps that remain lit at nighttime. Campers & 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 Apartments Building C 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) Group Code: 15OFAC. Reservations by July 17, 2015.

Other Nearby Hotels and Motels:

  1. Amherst Motel: 408 Northampton Rd (Route 9), Amherst (413) 256-8122. (Thursday: $90; Friday/Saturday: $130)
  2. Econo Lodge: 329 Russell Street (Route 9), Hadley (413) 582-7077. (Thursday: $75; Friday/Saturday: $111)***
  3. Howard Johnson: 401 Russell St (Route 9), Hadley 413-586-0114. (Thursday: $80; Friday/Saturday: $123)***
  4. University Lodge: 345 North Pleasant Street, Amherst (413) 256-8111
  5. Lord Jeffery Inn: 30 Boltwood Avenue, Amherst (413) 253-2576
  6. Comfort Inn: 237 Russell Street (Route 9), Hadley (413) 584-9816
  7. Hampton Inn: 24 Bay Road, Hadley (413) 586-4851
  8. Holiday Inn Express: 400 Russell Street (Route 9), Hadley (413) 582-0002
  9. Norwottuck Inn: 208 Russell Street (Route 9), Hadley (413) 587-9866
  10. Hotel Northampton: 36 King Street, Northampton (413) 584-3100
  11. Quality Inn & Suites: 117 Conz Street, Northampton (413) 586-1500

*** In order to receive the discounted rate, please say that you are with "Northeast Organic Farming Assoc."


2015 Franklin Dining Commons: Meals will be served in the Franklin Dining Commons, across North Pleasant Street from the Campus Pond Lawn, where the Exhibit and Registration tents are located. In order to be served in the dining commons, you will need to show your nametag with pre-purchased meals listed.

All meals served at the Franklin Dining Commons during the Conference are made with all organic ingredients, which means among many other things that no GMOs were used in the production process. When possible, ingredients are also local. In-season vegetables are purchased from local farms, from Whole Foods Market, and from United Natural Foods in NH. Meat products are purchased through Whole Foods and United Natural as well. The UMass Bakeshop will prepare the desserts. We hope you enjoy the healthy organic fare! Food donations for the Conference are solicited from organic producers and distributors and help defray the total costs. If you know of an organic source that might want to donate, please contact Hannah Jacobson-Hardy, Food Donations Coordinator, 413-695-5968,

Saturday Local Meal: All food served in the Franklin Dining Commons on Saturday evening is locally grown or produced on organic farms in the Northeast. At your table Saturday evening, look for more information about the farmers and farms represented in this meal.

Dining Hours: The Franklin Dining Commons will be open:

  1. Friday Breakfast 6:30 am - 8:00 am
  2. Friday Lunch 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  3. Friday Dinner 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  4. Saturday Breakfast 6:30 am - 8:00am o Saturday Lunch 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  5. Saturday Dinner 4:30 - 8:00 pm
  6. Sunday Breakfast 6:30 - 8:00 am
  7. Sunday Lunch 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

*** NOTE: the Franklin Dining Commons will be open throughout each day with access to basics but hot items will be available only during the times above.

Walk-in Prices for Meals: Conference participants can walk in and pay cash to eat on an as-available basis. The cash prices are higher than the advance price:

  1. Adult and Teen Breakfast - $14.00; Adult and Teen Lunch - $19.00; Adult and Teen Dinner - $21.00
  2. Child Breakfast - $10.00; Child Lunch - $15.00; Child Dinner - $16.00.

(Those 12 and under are considered "children," except children under 3 who are free.)



  1. Banana Walnut Pancakes with Local Maple Syrup
  2. Gluten Free Banana Walnut Pancakes with Local Maple Syrup
  3. Scrambled Eggs with Pesto
  4. Vegan Tempeh Scramble with Scallions
  5. Breakfast Bar: sourdough bread and spreads, yogurt, granola, gluten free granola, fruit, oatmeal raisins, nuts, seeds
  6. Veggie/Pork sausage
  7. Lyonnaise Potatoes
  8. Sauted Kale
  9. Miso Soup: non-soy miso, nori seaweed, scallions, carrots, shiitake mushrooms
  10. Smoothie Bar
  11. Sour Cream Coffee Cake


  1. Vegan Roasted Tomato Soup
  2. Grated Beet and Carrot Salad
  3. Rice and Walnut Salad
  4. Jasmine & Brown Rice
  5. Spinach & Mushroom Quiche
  6. Sausage, Spinach & Mushroom Quiche
  7. Gluten Free Egg Frittata
  8. Grilled Summer Vegetables
  9. Sautéed Kale
  10. Salad Bar
  11. Panini Sandwich Bar: ham, turkey, roast beef, American cheese, sourdough bread, mayonnaise, mustard, dijon mustard, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles
  12. Smoothie Bar
  13. Vegetarian Sushi Bar
  14. Mediterranean Bar: hummus, kalamata olives, black olives, pocket bread, tabouli
  15. Flourless Chocolate Cake


  1. Thai Coconut Basil Soup
  2. Chicken Tagine
  3. Red Lentil Curry with Roasted Cauliflower
  4. Basmati & Brown Rice
  5. Sautéed Swiss Chard
  6. Cucumber & Raisin Raita Yogurt Sauce
  7. Cilantro Mint Chutney
  8. Salad Bar
  9. Vegetable Sushi Bar
  10. Mediterranean Bar: hummus, kalamata olives, black olives, pocket bread, tabouli
  11. Smoothie Bar
  12. Decaf Chai Iced Tea (Whole Milk & Almond Milk options)
  13. Sesame Ginger Macaroons


  1. Make your own Waffles with gluten free option
  2. Blueberry Topping & Fresh Blueberries
  3. Omelet Bar: organic eggs, cheese, onions, peppers, mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes
  4. Bacon
  5. Vegan Tofu scramble
  6. Miso Soup: non-soy miso, nori seaweed, scallions, carrots, shiitake mushrooms
  7. Breakfast Bar: sourdough bread and spreads, yogurt, granola, gluten free granola, fruit, oatmeal raisins, nuts, seeds
  8. Smoothie Bar
  9. Red Potato Home Fries
  10. Sautéed Kale
  11. Raspberry Oatmeal Muffin


  1. Chilled Melon Soup
  2. Vegetarian Lentil Loaf
  3. Lentil Chili
  4. Pizza- Veggie, Vegan, Hamburger and Cheese
  5. Vegan Quinoa Avocado Salad
  6. Caramelized Fennel with Goat Cheese on the Side
  7. Brown Rice
  8. Sautéed Kale
  9. Smoothie Bar
  10. Salad Bar
  11. Vegetarian Sushi Bar
  12. Mediterranean Bar: hummus, kalamata olives, black olives, pocket bread, tabouli
  13. Almond Cookies & Gluten Free Biscuits with Lemon Meringue

Dinner: LOCAL Meal

  1. Vegan Butternut Squash Soup
  2. Pork Roast with Caramelized Onions & Apples
  3. Black Bean Ratatouille
  4. Grilled Eggplant, Peppers, Onions
  5. Cabbage and Carrot Coleslaw
  6. Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes (with vegan option)
  7. Massaged Kale Salad
  8. Three Bean Salad
  9. Mustard Greens
  10. Sauerkraut
  11. Farro Mushroom Risotto
  12. Local Bread and Cheese
  13. Local Salad Bar with Green Goddess Dressing
  14. Peach Melba Crumble with Gluten Free Oats & Whip Cream
  15. Local Blueberries


  1. Veggie/pork sausage
  2. Cinnamon Raisin French Toast
  3. Scrambled eggs
  4. Tempeh scramble
  5. Breakfast Bar: sourdough bread and spreads, yogurt, granola, gluten free granola, fruit, oatmeal raisins, nuts, seeds
  6. Red Flannel Hash
  7. Vegan Hash
  8. Miso Soup: non-soy miso, nori seaweed, scallions, carrots, shiitake mushrooms
  9. Steamed Swiss Chard
  10. Smoothie Bar
  11. Cornmeal Lemon Cherry Scones


  1. Corn Chowder
  2. Gazpacho
  3. Black Bean Tacos & Hamburger Tacos with gluten free tortillas & tacos
  4. Black Bean & Corn Salad
  5. Taco Fixings: salsa, guacamole, cheddar cheese, hot sauce, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, onions
  6. Nacho Chips & Salsa
  7. Brown Rice
  8. Sautéed Kale with Garlic
  9. Collard Greens
  10. Salad Bar
  11. Vegetarian Sushi Bar
  12. Smoothie Bar
  13. Mediterranean Bar: hummus, kalamata olives, black olives, pocket bread, tabouli
  14. Ginger Molasses Cookies

* Menu subject to change depending on availability of seasonal local ingredients.
** Gluten Free Options are made on the same equipment as non-gluten free items unless specified on packaging of items.


babyBerk Food Truck: If you want a snack or a meal purchased by the item, you can visit the award-winning babyBerk food truck, on the south side of the Campus Pond Lawn under the pine trees. The truck will be offering an all organic Burger Menu including: Organic Beef Burgers, House Made Vegan Lentil Burgers, Local Produce, Sprouted Buns, and an assortment of fresh burger toppings like Fresh Avocado, Organic Bacon, Freshly Cracked Eggs, House made Aioli. Organic snacks, bottled beverages will also be available. All food will be organic (and therefore, non-GMO). It will be sourced locally to the extent possible.

Hours of Service:
  1. Friday 11am - 2 pm
  2. Saturday 11am - 2 pm
  3. Sunday 11am - 2 pm


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

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

Name Tag: It is your admission pass to all conference workshops, meals, and special events. Your name tag must be worn in a visible manner at all times as you will 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. Incoming calls should be directed to the Conference registration line: (508) 572-0816. In emergencies, we will try to page you. For non-emergencies, we post messages on the bulletin board. Please check it periodically.

First Aid: If you need medical attention, come to the registration tent. You may also visit the University Health Center located near Brett dorm. 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 are sent to the State Police barracks in Northampton and have to be re-directed. The Cooley Dickinson Hospital is located in nearby Northampton.

ATMs: Fee-free ATMs are on the first level of the Campus Center and on the front face of the Worcester Dining Commons.

Telephones: There are no payphones 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 & 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.