Don't Wait to Register!  Early-Bird Registration Ends Dec. 31

Full Soil & Nutrition Conference Program Now Available

We're pleased to announce the full program for SN2016 is now available – with a 2-day agenda featuring favorite speakers from previous Soil and Nutrition conferences, plus rising stars who are making important strides in regenerative agriculture research and practice today.

Explore the wide range of biological farming, gardening, health and nutrition topics that SN2016 offers – with 10 plenary sessions and 16 workshop choices scheduled in eight tracks February 8 and 9.   Learn more »

SN2016 Program Highlights

The conference's plenary tracks will explore interdependencies between soil health, crop health and human health, and how a renewed focus on nutrition and flavor can have transformative food system benefits. Plenary speakers include:

Phil Simon, USDA-ARS, University of Wisconsin
Jill Clapperton, Principal Scientist, Rhizoterra, Inc.
Laura Lengnick, Consultant, author of "Resilient Agriculture"
Joe Scheerens, Assoc. Professor, Horticulture and Crop Science, Ohio State U.
Elizabeth Johnson, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center
Kathie Swift, Co-Founder, Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy
Mark Schatzker, Author of "The Dorito Effect"
Marydale DeBor, Founder, Fresh Advantage and Plow-to-Plate

The 2016 Soil & Nutrition Conference will take place February 8 & 9, 2016 at Kripalu Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, approximately one hour from Albany, NY and two hours from Boston.
Early bird registration available through December 31, 2015!

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Sixteen SN2016 workshops will cover an array of best practices in regenerative agriculture including biological management and permaculture, with choices including:

Maximizing Seed Quality and Vigor for Better Yields  (John Kempf)
Building a Climate Resilience Plan for Your Farm  (Laura Lengnick)
Fostering Soil Microbial Communities for Fertility & Plant Growth  (Jill Clapperton)
Be Your Own Soil Balancing Consultant: Soil Tests & Mineral Math  (David Forster)
Integrating Permaculture & Biological Farming for Small Plot Productivity  (Jonathan Bates)
Proven Practices for No-Till and Low-Till Veggie Production  (Dan Kittredge)
Maximizing Small Area Production with "Crowding" Techniques  (Will Bonsall)
Soil Health Metrics for the Biological Farmer  (Carmen Ugarte)
Epigenetics and the Science of Nutrition and Lifestyle Change  (Dr. Mark Pettus)
Mid-Season Corrections: A Guide to Foliar Spraying  (Derek Christianson)
   ... and more!

"This conference offers one of the best opportunities I've seen to explore taking organic farming to the next level. Examining the nexus of soil, plant and human health with rigorous science is clearly the next frontier, and biological farming seems to be a promising candidate to lead the way."
- Todd Oppenheimer, Food System Journalist and Publisher, Craftsmanship Magazine

Learn more and register online
Early Bird Discount and Scholarship Opportunities

Registration for SN2016 starts at $150 for BFA members taking advantage of the Early Bird discount by December 31. Single-day registration is also available.

Conference registration is a two-step process:

(1) Register for SN2016 at

(2) Phone the Kripalu Center at 1-800-741-7353 to book your lodging and meals. Be sure to mention the "Soil & Nutrition Conference" to receive our conference discount. Food and lodging starts at $78 daily for dormitory-style accommodations. Attendees who are not staying overnight must still register with Kripalu for meals and facilities access.

Be sure to book early for the greatest range of housing options!

Scholarships Covering Tuition: Thanks to support by the Globetrotter Foundation, BFA is pleased to announce the availability of five full-tuition scholarships and ten half-tuition scholarships. Scholarship preference is given to farmers and students. Visit our conference web page at for additional information.

"There are millions of people without jobs in the United States, yet the future requires that we regenerate millions of acres of soil to combat climate change. The greatest potential to improve the quality of the harvest is more people learning how to grow biologically supported, nutrient rich food, and at the same time gaining the dignity that comes with good work. This conference is a critical resource for empowering the farmers of today and tomorrow."
- Jonathan Bates, SN2016 Speaker and Owner, Food Forest Farm

Time for Socializing and Networking

SN2016 will open with a pre-conference social mixer Sunday evening, February 7, from 7:30-9:30pm. The mixer will include a special screening of an inspirational 20-minute documentary film produced by Susan Rockefeller titled Food for Thought, Food for Life.

With meals available just steps away from the conference meeting rooms, attendees will have plenty of time to catch up with friends and make new contacts.

Interested in Sponsoring SN2016?  BFA is seeking additional sponsors to help underwrite SN2016's innovative, cross-disciplinary programming. We have specific sponsorship opportunities to offer, including the February 7 pre-conference social mixer, the SN2016 Scientific Poster Gallery, the conference's afternoon breaks, and additional scholarships to defray the cost of tuition or accommodations. Please contact Sharon Tilley at if you'd like to explore these opportunities.

The BFA team looks forward to seeing you in February!

Please consider BFA in your year-end giving

Help champion regenerative farming that's better for people and the planet!

As BFA nears its fifth birthday, we count our blessings and some significant 2015 milestones that mark our efforts to help spread biological farming knowledge and practices across the land:

  • Over 1,500 farmers, gardeners and homesteaders educated through our annual series of intensive 2-day biological farming workshops;
  • A dozen member chapters spreading from the northeast to Colorado, plus growing interest in CA and the Pacific northwest;
  • Our newly formed Scientific Advisory Panel, which convened for its inaugural meeting in August 2015, shaping BFA's research agenda to catalyze peer-reviewed research exploring biological farming's benefits and limitations;
  • The launch of our first Mineral Depot in central Mass., making minerals accessible to BFA members around the Northeast, and the hiring of our first BFA agronomy consultant to assist with soil rebalancing and other biological farming planning and implementation questions.
  • An expanding base of support from private family foundations active in sustainable agriculture philanthropy, BFA members and others.

Heading into 2016, BFA is working to solidify additional philanthropic support to help BFA become a more vibrant, sustainable organization with the resources to:

  1. Better support biological farmers and gardeners through consultations and resources such as regional mineral depots;
  2. Increase our educational offerings beyond the two-day workshops, with advanced courses and distant-learning opportunities including webinars;
  3. Kickstart our research program, which has already identified six research partner sites across the country for paired-plot research that is "shovel ready" to begin in early 2016.

Please consider supporting BFA's grass-roots work in your year-end charitable giving plans.  Learn more about BFA and how you can help.

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