NOFA Summer Conference 2015 - Media & Outreach

For press inquiries, contact Nicole Belanger or 508-450-2441.

The NOFA Summer Conference is a dynamic and diverse gathering of people working at the intersections of organic agriculture and gardening, food justice, land management, education, carbon sequestration, environment and health.

Our 41st annual conference will be held August 14-16 at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. The 2015 theme is "Healing the Climate, Healing Ourselves – Regeneration through Microbiology."

People from a wide range of ages, backgrounds, and experiences will gather to share ideas and inspiration to transform our food systems and communities. The conference is a family-friendly event, with age-appropriate and fun educational workshops for children and teens. This three-day event offers 144 workshops, 11 farm tours, 100 exhibitors and vendors, live entertainment and more.

Friday will feature five intensive pre-conferences, workshops, a keynote address from medical doctor and nutritional consultant Natasha Campbell-McBride, a contra dance and films. Saturday will feature workshops, a country fair with games and demonstrations, an evening keynote given by consumer activist and regenerative agriculture advocate Ronnie Cummins, as well as films and live music.

2015 workshop tracks include the following: biodynamics, cooperatives (sponsored by the Neighboring Food Co-op Association), organic land care, permaculture, and soil carbon and climate change.

Most workshops are held in and around the UMass Amherst campus. Participants generally select on-campus housing and reside in the UMass dormitories for the duration of their stay. Camping on the UMass property is also available.


The Northeast Organic Farming Association is a non-profit organization of over 5,000 farmers, gardeners, landscape professionals and consumers working to advocate for and educate about healthy food, organic growing practices, agricultural justice, and a cleaner environment.

NOFA has regional chapters in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.


"NOFA Summer Conference Intensives Offer Skills for Body, Farm and Climate" (The Natural Farmer, Summer 2015)

"Highlighting Microbes' Role in Healing People, The Climate" (The Natural Farmer, Spring 2015)



"Healing the Climate, Healing Ourselves" is theme for 2015 NOFA Summer Conference, August 14-16 at UMass Amherst'




Press Passes are available to members of the media. To arrange for a Press Pass, please contact Nicole Belanger, NOFA/Mass PR Director at or (508) 450-2441. All media press pass requests should contain name, publication/outlet, phone number, and special interview requests for speakers and/or conference organizers.

Passes include free registration and entrance to all conference workshops, keynote speeches and events. Members of the media are welcome to make arrangements to stay on campus and/or purchase conference meals during the weekend. Accommodations are also available at the UMass Amherst on-campus hotel, and at local Amherst-area hotels or lodgings.

All registrants, including media, check in at Registration Tent.



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