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Whether you manage a home vegetable garden and a backyard flock of chickens or a commercial organic farming operation, the 37th annual Northeast Organic Farming Association Summer Conference, to be held at University of Massachusetts Amherst from Aug. 12-14, will offer something for everyone interested in learning new skills and connecting with other like-minded individuals.

The conference has workshop tracks on nutrient-dense farming and gardening, permaculture, organic land care, winter growing and more. Attendees can take in workshops on growing a wide variety of specific crops and raising many kinds of livestock. For teens and kids, there will be hands-on programs on growing plants, animal care and natural crafts.

Award-winning author and perennial edibles expert Eric Toensmeier will deliver the Friday night keynote address, and in the Saturday night keynote address, biology professor Dr. Ignacio Chapela of UC Berkeley will address the rise of genetically modified organisms.

For information, visit www.nofasummerconference.org or call 310-663-0054.

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