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Organic farming conference to be held in Amherst

The event, which will feature workshops, presentations and a debate, is expected to draw approximately 1,000 farmers, gardeners and other agriculture enthusiasts.

According to a statement from the Northeast Organic Farming Association, there are also concurrent children’s and teen’s conferences.

A pre-conference reception will take place Aug. 8 at Brookfield Farm in Amherst, with Dan Roseberg, founder of Greenfield’s Real Pickles, as the featured speaker.

Half-day long pre-conference seminars will be held Aug. 9 on bees, flowers, poultry, soils and farm profitability. Over the whole weekend, there will be more than 200 workshops for all skill levels on topics from backyard chickens to creating farm cooperatives.

The keynote speaker Friday night is Atina Diffley, a Minnesota farmer and author who will talk about the challenges and successes of organic farming. On Saturday night, there will be a debate between certified organic and uncertified farmers who use organic practices about the importance of becoming certified.

The annual NOFA Summer Fair held in conjunction with the conference will take place Aug. 9 from 3 to 5:30 p.m., with a pony show, music, exhibitors, games and other entertainment.

Housing and meals are available for a fee for registrants. Registration is required. Prices vary depending on the number of events or days a participant plans to attend.

To register or learn about options for reduced registration costs, visit www.nofasummerconference.org or contact Registration Coordinator Christine Rainville at registration@nofasummerconference.org or 508-572-0816.

Rebecca Everett can be reached at reverett@gazettenet.com.

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