Hey, anyone planning on going to the NOFA summer conference this August?
I figure a bunch of folks from permies are headed that way and perhaps this thread can serve to help us find rides with each other and facilitate networking/regional community building. 'Cause, you know... making friends is pretty good...
Or perhaps you'd like to recommend another conference you enjoy in addition to or instead of NOFA... I just figured that's the big one but maybe I'm wrong.
I'm pretty excited about Dave Jacke's workshops (LOVE his book EFG) as well as Ben Falk's. Also looking forward to the fair as I have found farmers know how to get down when given the right opportunity.
Next year I am moving to the family land in Massachusetts and starting a homestead/agroecology center. I figure NOFA is a good place to meet more people in the interest of regional community building. Looks like I should have a pretty good crowd of NY friends joining me as well so that can be fun.
I am moving to South Western Berkshire county next year- not far from Amherst, where the conference is being held.
Sounds like we may be showing up to the same seminars if all goes well. Perhaps we can connect then. Also feel free to PM me here in the meantime. I read a little about your farming situation in another thread of yours and would be interested to hear more about it anytime. Sounds intriguing.
I want to offer my small perma farm for camping during or after the conference. I also teach there and hope to go all 3'days. I am 6 miles to campus tho so you may want to stay at umass. I highly recommend NOFA summer conference. Its the best one I know of on the Eastern Seaboard. For details write Juniperhillhomestead@gmail.com
Well, cool! I need to organize with my people, but tentatively I am thinking I'd like to try to leave Westchester Thursday night, stay at the family homestead in Southern Berkshires, and head up to UMass Friday morning. I will be driving myself and at least one other. Anyone interested in a ride should contact me!
Also I will be staying in the area after the conference so my friends may be looking for a ride home toward the NYC area. They are sweet folks. Presumably they have real jobs and need to get back home for work on Monday, but I don't know for sure.
Is it likely that all we permaculture folk will be brushing shoulders anyway, or should we make a plan for contact? I know I will see Jim at the Jacke workshop. In my registration (today) I suggested Permaculture as a meet-up topic and said that I would be willing to "lead discussion" just in case nobody else would. Not sure if that was a good idea or not- I'll leave it to the event organizers to decide.
I'll have my phone on me during the conference. If you want my number, pm me.