If you live anywhere near Western Massachusetts, plan on attending the 36th annual summer conference of NOFA, the Northeast Organic Farmers Association, at the Universityof Massachusetts to be held August 13 to 15 in Amherst, MA. The conference will kick off with a Raw Milk Symposium, and continue with hundreds of workshops geared to farmers and gardeners, consumers, home cooks or anyone with an interest in topics such as sustainability, local agriculture and nutrition. For more information click here.
Taking part in gardening can make a child feel happy and boost their development, research suggests. A study of 1,300 teachers and 10 schools commissioned by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) found children in schools that encouraged gardening became more resilient, confident and lived healthier lives. Check this out here.
The USDA announced the launch of Ask the Expert, a knowledge-based search engine that optimizes customer experience while conserving taxpayer dollars. This intuitive tool relies on self-service to deliver reliable and relevant information 24/7, greatly reducing wait time and USDA resources associated with the previous system. For more, click here.