Friday, June 1, 2012

Save the date for the NOFA Summer Conference!

The NOFA Summer Conference is August 10-12 at UMass Amherst and it's time to add it to your calendar! There are two keynote speakers this year:Chellie Pingree, an organic farmer and a member of the Agriculture Committee in the U.S. Congress. She introduced the Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act-a comprehensive package of reforms to agriculture policy that will expand opportunities for local and regional farmers and make it easier for consumers to have access to healthy foods. Jeffrey Smith, (yes, of CT NOFA Winter Conference fame) a consumer advocate promoting healthier non-GMO choices and author of the world's bestselling and #1 rated book on the health dangers genetically modified organisms (GMOs). His meticulous research documents how biotech companies continue to mislead legislators and safety officials to put the health of society at risk, and the environment in peril.The program of workshops is up on the website,  AND, we have scholarship money for farmers with fewer than ten years of experience! The Beginning Farmer Project of CT NOFA, supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grants #2010-49400-21847 and #2011-49400-30510.We are offering partial scholarships for attendance at the NOFA Summer Conference.  Please fill out the scholarship application before July 2 so you can hear back if you received a scholarship and still get the early registration rate (deadline July 10).

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!


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