2012 NOFA Conference Media Page


Welcome to the NOFA Summer Conference, the largest annual conference on organic growing in the Northeast. NOFA, the Northeast Organic Farming Association, is a community including farmers, gardeners, landscapers and consumers working to educate members and the general public about the benefits of local organic systems based on complete cycles, natural materials, and minimal waste for the health of individual beings, communities and the living planet.

NOFA has regional chapters in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, and New Jersey. This annual summer conference draws over 1200 attendees from across the entire Northeast region. The conference is now currently hosted by the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. We hope you will join us in Amherst in August.


NOFA Summer Conference attendees register for an entire weekend of keynote speeches, over 225 workshops, a country fair, farmers' market, over 100 exhibitors and vendors, a children's conference, a teen conference, live entertainment and silent auction. Over the years, NOFA has presented a wide array of thoughtful, engaging and important keynote speakers, including Wendell Berry, Joel Salatin, and others. The 2012 Friday evening keynote will be given by Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, from Maine. The 2012 Saturday evening keynote will be given by consumer advocate and leading authority on GMOs, Jeffrey Smith, from the Institute for Responsible Technology.

Workshop topics for 2012 include: Alternative Energy and the Environment; Animal Power; Animals, Crops, Farm Economics and Management, Farming and the Community, Food and Family, Food and Farm Education, Food Preservation and Cooking, Fruits, Nuts, and Trees; Garden and Greenhouse, Herbs, Land Care, Nutrition and Health, Of the Spirit, Politics and Policy, Practical Skills, Soil and Fertility, and Urban Agriculture. 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.



a. Chellie Pingree on The Business Beat, on WICN 90.5 FM with host Steve Jones-D'Agostino
b. Patently Problematic: Organic Farmers sue Monsanto by Mo Turner, The Valley Advocate; August, 2012.
c. Karen Washington on growing organic vegetables, on the Garden Guys with Sam Jeffries, of WTKK 96.9; August 5, 2012
d.Locavores turning to fermenting to preserve their veggies, by Michael Prager, Boston Globe; August 2012
e. UMass Agricultural Conference opens with old-time fair by Nick Grabbe, Hampshire Gazette; August 2012
f. Northeast Organic Farming Association conference at UMass Amherst set to begin by Diane Lederman, The Springfield Republican, August 2012


a. NOFA 2012 Summer Conference Heats Up with Food Policy at the Center - by Mindy Harris, published in the NOFA/Mass July/August newsletter, July 2012
b. Doctors Warn: Avoid Genetically Modified Foods - by Jeffrey Smith, courtesy of the Institute for Responsible Technology
c. Rebuilding our Local Food Economy - by Chellie Pingree
d. An Organic Farmer In The U.S. Congress: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree fights for good food - Food Republic, January 2012
e. Score One in Washington for the Diversified Farmer -by Deborah McDermott, published by Seacoastonline.com, April 2012
f. Maine Voices: It's time to rebuild a system that supports local food and farms: The recent outbreak of salmonella in ground beef reminds us why local food systems are important - by Chellie Pingree, published in the Portland Press Herald
g. The Organic Garden of Eden: A Little Insect Knowledge Goes a Long Way - by Lee Reich, published in the NOFA/Mass June 2012 Newsletter
h. FrankenFood: How genetically (GM) modified foods are taking over our food industry and wreaking havoc on our bodies, family farmers, and the planet - by Jeffrey Smith, published in Green American; May/June 2012
i. Jeffrey Smith, of the Institute for Responsible Technology, on the Dr. Oz Show


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CONFERENCE DATES AND HOURS (media passes also needed for pre-conferences)

PRE-Conference with Jeffrey Smith on Fighting GMO's: a Pre-Conference Training for Consumers, Community Leaders, Activists, and Organizers
Thursday, August 9th - 1:00-5:00 PM
Friday, August 10th - 8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

PRE-Conference with Lee Reich on Growing Fruit Naturally
Friday, August 10th -8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

Friday, August 9th

Workshop 1 - 2:00-3:30 PM
Workshop 2 - 4:00-5:30 PM
Dinner -5:00-7:00 PM
Keynote Speaker: Chellie Pingree - 7:30 PM
Live Entertainment - 9:00 PM- Midnight

Saturday, August 10th
Breakfast - ???
Workshop 3 - 8:00-9:30 AM
Workshop 4 - 10:00-11:30
Lunch -????
Workshop 5 - 1:00-2:30 PM
Dinner -???
Keynote Speaker: Jeffrey Smith - 7:00 PM
Live Entertainment - 9:00 PM - Midnight

Sunday, August 11th
Breakfast - ????
Workshop 6 - 8:00-9:30 AM
Workshop 7 - 10:00-11:30 AM
Lunch -???
Workshop 8 - 1:00-2:30 PM