September 25 Roots Farm – On-Farm Workshop with owners Kelli & Mike Roberts. Tiverton, RI. Kelly and Mike Roberts of Roots Farm will share their expertise in No-Till farming methods. In addition, the workshop will delve into bed layout and shaping, weed management & cultivation, solarization & occultation, soil testing & amendments. RSVP HERE

September 30, 2022, 9:00-11:00am
Racial Equity at the NOFA Interstate Council: Where are we at and how can we grow?
Audience: NOFA Interstate Council and IC Policy Committee Members
This is an introductory conversation to delve deeper into conversations around active racial equity work within the NOFA Interstate Council. Racism impacts our conferences, grant collaborations, and even our budget. In order to actively build a more equitable organization, we aim to draft some community agreements around equity, and discuss: What do we mean when we talk about racial equity? What is racism and white supremacy, and how does it show up at NOFA? How can the IC work to dismantle racism and white supremacy in our work? With each chapter doing their own equity work and growing at their own pace, how can we get on the same page and coordinate as a larger group? RSVP here
Please RSVP by 9/28 to help us plan ahead. 

OCTOBER 3rd, 2022, Wiggle Room @ Hillandale Farm – Join Monique Bosch as she takes us on a deep dive, zooming in 400X magnification, to check out the beneficial microbes that live in our healthy soils. We’ll learn how to identify these microbial critters, and how to increase their numbers in our soils, so that we can grow the healthiest plants and most nutritious food. RSVP HERE

October 14, 2022, 9:00-11:00am
Racial Equity in Organic Certification
Audience: All NOFA staff and board
As proponents of organic agriculture, we would like organic food and farming to be available to everyone, and our Farm Share program is a helpful start. However, a long history of systemic racism in the food system creates barriers to organic certification and products. This workshop will review racism in the food system, with a focus on organic certification and specifically decision making around NOFA’s Farm Share program. How are we promoting the Farm Share program to BIPOC communities, and is the program truly accessible? Are we leaving out BIPOC organic farmers if certification is a requirement to participation, and how can we include more BIPOC farmers? What changes can we advocate for in the NOP or in local certification agencies to make organic certification more equitable? RSVP here
Please RSVP by 9/28 to help us plan ahead. 

November 18th, 2022, 9:00-11:00am
Racial Equity on your Farm
Audience: NOFA staff and board, Farm Share collaborators, organic farmers
As we plan for the 2023 season with an expanded Farm Share program across the 7 NOFA states, we aim to build racial equity into all aspects of the program. This workshop is an opportunity for farmers to talk with NOFA staff about integrating racial equity into their farm business. Whether customers are coming to the farm site or picking up shares at a dropoff location, each farm will have steps that they can take to make the experience welcoming and inclusive for all. This conversation will also provide tools for farmers to reach out to BIPOC communities in a way that is anti-racist and culturally sensitive. RSVP here
Please RSVP by 9/28 to help us plan ahead.