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The 2023 NOFA Summer Conference

July 24, 2023 - July 29, 2023

Registration open - NOFA MASS summer 2023

The NOFA Summer Conference is the annual summer gathering of the Northeast Organic Farming Association

NOFA is a non-profit organization of over 5,000 small-scale farmers, gardeners, consumers and food system reformers. We promote healthy food, organic regenerative farming practices, and climate disruption solutions through soil management strategies

The 49th annual NOFA Summer Conference begins online: Monday, July 24 – Thursday July 27, with evening speakers and workshops.

On Friday July 28 and Saturday July 29, we gather in person and online at Worcester State University, Worcester, MA for knowledge sharing and celebration through:

  • Workshops and discussions (including in Spanish)
  • Racial equity caucus groups
  • Children’s programming
  • Local food & drinks 
  • A fair! 

The theme is Buen Vivir: Celebrating Harmony with Nature and our Communities

Buen Vivir is a contemporary philosophy rooted in Indigenous Andean traditions of collective care, land stewardship and harmonious co-existence

Tickets are available on a sliding scale — scholarships are also available.


And download and check the event app, Whova, for updates.


I’d love to carpool. How do I find others who are going?
Head over to the NOFA Group Carpool site: https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/5badt0
Click on the vehicle icon at top left to get started!

Will lunch and dinner be served on Saturday?
Yes! Purchase lunch and dinner tickets when you register.

What’s happening on Friday?
If you live near Worcester, or want to spend the night, dinner is available (a dinner option must be purchased at registration), with entertainment to follow. Housing is limited, and must be selected at the time of registration. Contact registration@nofamass.org or 413-561-0073 with questions.

Is there an online-only ticket?
No. When you register, you’ll select one base ticket for the whole week. If you are only attending one workshop online, you’ll choose a lower priced ticket. If you are attending events all week, or all day on Saturday, you’ll contribute at a higher level.

I want to sign up for 1 or 2 weeknight workshops and also come to Worcester. Do I need two separate tickets?
You’ll purchase just one ticket, see above answers.

I really hope to be there in person on Saturday, but I’m not sure yet. Should I wait until I know my schedule before buying a ticket?
Having a head count really helps with planning. Purchase at the level that reflects your most likely attendance scenario.

Are meals included in my ticket?
Meals and housing are not included in the ticket. You’ll select those separately as ticket add-ons.

Will there be camping on site? 
Camping at WSU is not an option for us this year, but if there is sufficient interest, we may be able to help facilitate other camping arrangements. Contact conference@nofamass.org with requests.

Are rooms available for both Fri and Sat nights? 
Rooms at WSU are only available for Friday night, but see the Logistics Hub for local lodging (along with parking, accessibilty, and public transport information).


July 24, 2023
July 29, 2023
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Worcester State University
486 Chandler St.
Worcester, MA 01602 United States
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