NOFA Summer Conference 2015 - Media & Outreach


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

Welcome to the 2014 Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Summer Conference. We will hold our 40th annual NOFA Summer Conference on August 8-10 at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

This is the largest annual conference on organic growing in the Northeast, with over 1,200 attendees.


People from a wide range of ages, backgrounds, and experiences will gather to share ideas and inspiration to transform our food system and communities.

This three day event offers participants over 150 workshops on farming, gardening, land care, nutrition, and food politics, as well as farm tours, 100 exhibitors and vendors, a country fair, and live entertainment. Friday will feature four intensive pre-conferences, a performance tribute to Pete Seeger, as well as several engaging films. The conference is a family-friendly event, with age-appropriate and fun workshops for children and teens.

The Saturday evening keynote will be given by Elaine Ingham, soils specialist, scientist, and researcher teaching farmers to foster soil microbial life. As a trained microbiologist, she brings a unique perspective to this work.

2014 workshop tracks include the following: Beginning Farmer Track, Cooperatives Track, Dowsing Track, Draft Horse Track, Organic Land Care Track, Permaculture Track, and Soil Carbon and Climate Track.

People from a wide range of ages, backgrounds, and experiences will gather to share ideas and inspiration on ways to transform our food system and communities. The conference is a family-friendly event, with age-appropriate and fun workshops for children and teens.

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 presenters, attendees, and community members share what they most enjoy about the conference and what keeps them coming back. Experience a taste of the sense of the community, fun and diverse workshop offerings, and see what it's all about.


Read article in The Natural Farmer, Summer 2015, about five pre-conferences at the 2015 NOFA Summer Conferences: "NOFA Summer Conference Intensives Offer Skills for Body, Farm and Climate" by Nicole Belanger.

"Read article in The Natural Farmer Spring 2015 about both 2015 NOFA Keynotes: Nutritional Consultant, Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride & Consumer activist, Ronnie Cummins." The Natrual Farmer, 2015

"Elaine Ingham to Keynote NOFA Summer Conference" - by Nicole Belanger published in The Natural Farmer, Spring 2014.


NOFA Summer Conference, 40 Years of Growing the Organic Food Movement

Organic Farmers Face Climate Dangers with Regenerative Solutions


Organic farming conference at UMass focuses on climate change (Daily Hampshire Gazette 8/10/14)
Basics crucial to our future(Greenfield Recorder 8/10/14)
Northeast Organic Farming Association's 40th Summer Conference kicks off Friday (Daily Hampshire Gazette, 8/8/14)
"Northeast Organic Farming Association Summer Conference this weekend offering about 150 workshops"
"Grow a Mushroom, Get Less Toxic Tomatoes in Your Community Garden?"
"What's for Dinner?" featuring Ben Grosscup (podcast, 30 min)
"The Enviro Show", featuring Connor Stedman on Carbon Farming (radio, 38 min)


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, Address, 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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