the irresistible fleet of bicycles

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NOFA/mass: spring cheese-making workshop series

Keep Calm Make CheeseOnline registration for the Spring 2013 NOFA/Mass Cheese-making Workshop Series is open. See here for a full listing of all six workshops:

The workshop series takes place at dairies and cheese-making operations throughout Massachusetts. This series provides instruction and training on making a wide variety of cheeses on a small scale without a lot of investment in equipment. These workshops are led by professional cheese-makers, and they are meant for people interested in learning cheese-making for the first time or honing their skills.

Each workshop provides an opportunity to ask questions and gain direct experience in cheese-making. Instruction is hands-on, and participants will be grouped into teams to do the work. Milk is normally supplied to each participant so that they can take home the cheese made during the workshop. Instructors will also provide a general understanding of the cheese-making process. Workshop enrollment is limited to 10 participants.

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NOFA summer conference

This weekend! August 10-12, 2012 at UMass Amherst in Massachusetts.

View a list of the 200+ workshops offered for 2012 on organic farming, gardening, land care, draft animals, homesteading, sustainability, nutrition, food politics, activism, and much, much more.

Every year, there are special workshops designed for kids and teens. An educational, fun opportunity for your children to bond with others from the Northeast while you attend workshops and events.

We have entertainment for the whole family: Music and dance, an old-fashioned Country Fair, farmer’s market, games and fun. Modest registration, inexpensive dorm rooms, camping and delicious, wholesome organic meals.

visit the conference website for more information:

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big young farmer track at winter confrerence

Beginning Farmer Track at the NOFA Summer Conference
August 10-12, 2012, UMass Amherst

Register Now Online!

And click here to read descriptions of the following workshops in the Beginning Farmer Track:

4) Cooperative Farm Labor Structures
Ryan Karb, Many Hands Farm Corps, Pelham, MA

10) Introduction to Soil Fertility
David Forster, Forster Soil Management, Newington, CT

27) Growing Winter Greens
Nancy Hanson, Hampshire College CSA, Amherst, MA
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Greenhorns+ High Mowing Seeds mixer on Saturday night, February 13th!  We’ll have more to say as we get closer to the event.

Celebrating the Heart of Organic: 28th Annual NOFA Vermont Winter Conference

Starts: February 13, 2010 8:00AM
Ends: February 15, 2010

Location: University of Vermont, Burlington

The Winter Conference is the pre-eminent gathering of Vermont’s local food community: the farmers, homesteaders, gardeners, localvores, educators, and citizens that are re-localizing Vermont’s food system and leading the nation. Please join us for over 75 workshops, a Children’s Conference, two great keynote speakers, a farmers’ market, and much, much more. LaDonna Redmond, president of the Institute for Community Resources Development in Chicago will keynote on Saturday while Jack Lazor, Vermont organic dairy farmer at Butterworks Farm in Westfield, will keynote on Sunday. We also have a special guest joining us this year, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.

Cost: Varies
Contact: NOFA Vermont
Phone: 802-434-4122

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nofa-ny – next week!

and don’t forget the young farmer conference on January 21st!
The main conference homepage is here.

Complete Your Walk-In Registration Online

Save time at the door by registering online for workshops only

PRINT YOUR RECEIPT AND BRING IT WITH YOU.  You will need the receipt to check-in.

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NOFA happenings

The Northeast Organic Farming Association has lots of appealing happenings coming up.

NOFA 2009 Organic Field Days
– sweet little summer calender of workshops and various farm events– free, open to all (unless noted to register)


2009 NOFA Summer Conference
The NOFA Summer Conference is the Northeast’s largest and most comprehensive gathering of growers and enthusiasts of organic food. Continue reading