The Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) will hold its 41st summer conference at the University of Massachusetts Amherst from August 14-16th, with over one thousand backyard gardeners, health-conscious consumers, organic farming families, and food activists expected to converge on UMass.
Over 140 workshops will be available to participants who wish to learn about organic farming, sustainability,gardening, animal and land care, nutrition, and food politics.
This year's conference theme is, "Healing the Climate, Healing Ourselves: Regeneration through Microbiology". Presentations in workshops and by the two keynote speakers will address how,"microbiology, at work in the soil and human body, are essential partners in solving some our biggest problems today, including widespread chronic disease and global climate disruption," according to a press release on the event.
Friday's keynote speaker will be Dr. Natasha Campbell-Mcbride,"a physician and nutritional consultant based in the United Kingdom, who writes and teaches about the healing potential of food." Saturday's keynote will be Ronnie Cummins, "co-founder and International Director of the Organic Consumers Association, contends that humanity can reverse the global climate crisis by restoring healthy microbial life in our soils."
The event is family friendly, activities will be available as well as workshops for teens. Registration fees for non-members are $119 per person before August 8, or $125 through the end of the conference.