During this mid-summer workshop, Lynda Simkins, Executive Director of Natick Community Organic Farm and long-time organic flower grower, will welcome participants to the farm to learn about all aspects of organic flower production. The workshop will explore harvest and post-harvest of certified organic cut flowers, weed management, marketing and selling, and strategies for season extension. This is fantastic opportunity for those who are just starting or those who would like to transition to organic flower production.
2015 Keynoters confirmed: Consumer activist, Ronnie Cummins & Nutritional Consultant, Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride
This year’s conference will focus on the theme “Healing the Climate, Healing Ourselves: Regeneration through Microbiology.” 2015’s keynote speakers are Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, medical doctor and nutritional consultant, and Ronnie Cummins, consumer activist and regenerative agriculture advocate.
A sculptor, Linda Hoffman never expected to become an organic apple grower until she moved to a farmhouse in Harvard, Massachusetts with an old orchard. The first time she walked through the orchard, she couldn’t find any fruit. Wild sumac and thorny brambles crawled between the trees, and poison ivy vines snaked around the gnarled trunks. It hadn’t been tended for years. She decided she would bring the trees back and do it organically. With the help of some good mentors, in 2006 Old Frog Pond became the first pick your own certified organic orchard in the state.
Learn about profitable, small-scale vegetable production throughout the 2015 growing season at Brix Bounty Farm. Participants will see and experience how Brix Bounty’s production evolves from early season fertility and plant propagation to mid-season management and fall harvest rhythms. The wo
Join us for a fall farm dinner at the working farm home of the NOFA/Mass Executive Director and Policy Director, Many Hands Organic Farm (MHOF). Participants will savor a fresh, healthful, organic and uniquely delicious dinner, lovingly grown and prepared by Julie Rawson, Jack Kittredge and the MHOF staff. Enjoy an intimate pre-dinner tour of the MHOF fruit operation - large, small and minor certified organic fruit, led by Julie and Jack.
Passionate about purveying profitable pastures? Did you know the answers are right under your feet? Join in on the “grass whispering” with veteran grass farmer and grazing professional Troy Bishopp as he leads participants through the plant-animal-microbe dynamic of managing grazing land. Workshop topics will include practical goal-setting; pasture planning and recordkeeping; measuring grass production and fertility; grazing management techniques; reading the soil surface; improving animal and financial performance; infrastructure concerns: and learning to use pasture systems that reduce stress and fun to use.
Join us for our annual one-day conference which features 70 workshops and exhibitors; keynote speeches with Ben Burkett, family farmer and coordinator of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives; children's conference and more.