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Posted November 25, 2014 | Giving Tuesday

At NOFA/Mass, we are able to get lots done with little. In our work, we start with the simplest of materials – soil, seeds, the sun – and with attention and care, create bounty. We are farmers: resourceful, frugal, and creative. In the same way, any gift to NOFA/Mass is multiplied with careful consideration of the greatest need, and the use of each penny is informed by a nearly 40-year commitment to the vision of bountiful healthful food from vibrant soil for all.

Posted November 19, 2014 |

I am very pleased to announce the hiring of Glenn Oliveira for two important roles in NOFA/Mass – Education Director and Education Events Organizer. Glenn will be working for us 40 hours per week. The Education Director oversees and works closely with all of our education staff – policy, Winter and Summer Conferences, education events, bulk order, raw milk, beginning farmers, food access, and certification education.

Posted November 19, 2014 | nutrition, Nutrient Dense

Public concern is growing over a range of diseases such as autism, multiple sclerosis, dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, ADHD, ALS, and many others. The seminar, “When the Belly is the Beast: Dietary Interventions to Address Autism and Neuro-Degenerative Disease”, sponsored by NOFA/Mass, will present information indicating that these diseases share common underlying causes.

Posted November 18, 2014 | conferences, seminars, nutrition, soils

The 2015 Soil and Nutrition Conference is a two-day, farmer friendly event, with early bird pricing of $100 (BFA/NOFA Member) by December 1, 2014, and the opportunity to foster information sharing and camaraderie among attendees.

Posted November 18, 2014 | policy, food safety

In September 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released several revised sections of proposed food safety regulations originally proposed in early January 2013:

Posted October 24, 2014 | Grants

The Rodale Institute has recently partnered with Amy's to give away approximately $25,000 this year to organic farmers with over 20 acres (5 grants of $5,000 each) for projects like building needs, certification of organic acreage, purchase of equipment to help grow and expand farm, and funds to purchase organic seed. 

Click here to read more and to apply. 

Posted October 20, 2014 | Homesteading

It’s a drizzly day and I am hoping that it turns into a good steady soaker, not only because we need it and I planted more beds to their oat/field pea cover crop yesterday, but because it gives me an indoor day and I can finally write this article!

This month’s topic has been eluding me.  However, watching the leaves change color and begin to fall brings up the idea of life/death/change. 

Posted October 20, 2014 | carbon sequestration

On September 26, NOFA/Mass e-mailed a promotion for our November 2 fundraising run to support programs educating farmers about carbon sequestering agricultural techniques. I’m pledged to run on Team NOFA/Mass, I serve on the staff, and I’m enthusiastic about the climate-stabilizing potential of our soil carbon work. Speaking as an individual, however, I’m concerned about the message we sent.

Posted October 20, 2014 | gmos, policy

NOFA/Mass, as you know, has been fighting an intense two-year battle to pass GMO food and seed labeling in Massachusetts. Last session our coalition came closer than we have ever done, and had a majority of legislators signed up in support of the bill. But House leadership kept the lid on tight and we could never get it out of the key committee to the floor for a full vote.

Posted September 3, 2014 | Team NOFA/Mass

We came, it snowed, and we conquered the Genesis Battlegreen Run/Walk November 2nd!  Yes, conquered: NOFA/Mass placed #1 team.  Not only are we dedicated to NOFA/Mass, we're wicked fast too.  But the race is not done.  We have until November 30th to raise $20,000.  Educate yourself and fund our future education work at nofamass.org/teamnofamass.  

Posted August 11, 2014 | carbon sequestration, Christine Jones

Internationally acclaimed agricultural consultant and soil carbon scientist Dr. Christine Jones of Australia will speak at two area events, September 1 at Newton Community Farm and September 2 at Immanuel Lutheran Church and Simple Gifts Farm in Amherst.

Posted July 26, 2014 | carbon sequestration

September 1 – 10am to 4pm at Newton Community Farm, Newton

September 2 – 9am to 3pm at Immanuel Lutheran Church & Simple Gifts Farm, Amherst 

Posted July 17, 2014 | Summer Conference

The 2014 NOFA Summer Conference is just around the corner. We’ve gathered the brightest growers, thinkers and activists in the organic movement for this weekend of captivating workshops, enlivening speakers, farm tours and fun.

Posted July 8, 2014 | Summer Conference
Register today for the 40th annual NOFA Summer Conference, August 8-10.

Join us in Amherst, MA for a weekend of great educational workshops on farming, gardening, land care, nutrition, and food politics.
 
Posted July 4, 2014 | carbon sequestration, Livestock
Graziers interested in restoring and improving pastures can find lots of online resources from Greg Judy, a livestock farmer from Missouri. His work is dedicated to showing how high density grazing “can revitalize hayed out, scruffy, weedy pastures, and turn them into highly productive grazing landscapes that grow both green grass and greenbacks.” It’s all about what the animals do to the soil, he explains – things that haying and mowing simply can’t do.
 
Start with this short video introduction to Judy’s farm, complete with some spring management tips: 
Posted June 23, 2014 | Summer Conference, Workshops
NOFA invites you to attend its 40th annual Summer Conference, featuring 150+ workshops on farming, gardening, land care, nutrition, and food politics.
 
This is a family-friendly event. While you attend great educational workshops, your children get to experience age-appropriate and fun workshops about these same topics, with tracks for children 5-12 and teens 13-17, as well as childcare for children 2-4.
 
Posted June 23, 2014 | Beginning Farmers
Apply now for a scholarship to the NOFA Summer Conference. Beginning Farmers (those who have been farming for less than 10 years) who are also NOFA/Mass members qualify to apply for 50% off of the Saturday/Sunday registration cost. Application DEADLINE is July 11, however applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so the sooner you apply the better your chances! 
 

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