The Massachusetts chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association. NOFA/Mass welcomes everyone who cares about food, where it comes from and how it’s grown

Growing Organically Since 1982

Events

August 26, 2017 -
10:00am to 4:00pm
Earth Harmony Farm and Sanctuary, Newbury

NOFA Member - $60
General Public - $75

* Add $5 for day-of sales

You can help mitigate the impacts of climate change while growing vitally rich foods. By using simple and earth-friendly materials and techniques like cardboard mulching, occultation, leaf mould, cover cropping, and urine reclamation you can turn marginal land into a highly-productive garden without fancy tools.

In this workshop veteran grower Ricky Baruc, co-creator of Seeds of Solidarity, will provide low cost, easy to implement, minimal maintenance techniques to sequester carbon and build life in the soil.

August 29, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Online, Anywhere

Free

Scott Muhammad will demonstrate double digging methods as a space saver for urban gardeners and will give information about SEED’s work in fighting food insecurity in Tuskegee County, Alabama.  Mr. Muhammad will also give information on the history of Tuskegee University and the early organic farming of Dr. George Washington Carver.

September 2, 2017 - 9:00am to September 3, 2017 - 5:30pm
Woven Roots Farm , Tyringham

NOFA Member - $200
General Public - $250

*Pre-registration is required

Earth, a fundamental building material, is very accessible to a backyard builder. It is incredibly versatile in form and provides the thermal mass for excellent performance. Building an earthen oven is an excellent way to begin your foray into working with earth, cob, adobe, and other earthen materials. These ovens are not only beautiful, but also deeply functional for making breads, pizzas, roasted vegetables, or any other baked goods. They provide a natural centerpiece for a yard, garden, or community center through their aesthetic beauty and ancestral associations.

September 10, 2017 -
10:00am to 4:00pm
Many Hands Organic Farm, Barre

NOFA Member - $60
General Public - $75
*add $5 for walk-ins

An integrated farm functions like a healthy ecosystem: each element is in relationship with all other elements in the system. Animals provide manure for crops and pastures, woodlands provide timber, mushrooms, and habitat, orchards provide food for humans, bees, and livestock, and humans keep this intricate cycle of fertility and fecundity running smoothly.

At Many Hands Organic Farm Jack Kittredge, Julie Rawson and their colleagues have been working for several decades to create and fine-tune such an ecologically complex system. During this workshop, Jack and Julie will explain and show the systems and interconnections among their various farm enterprises, which include vegetables, tree and berry fruits, pigs, beef cattle, pastured chickens and turkeys, bees, and mushrooms.

September 16, 2017 -
10:00am to 5:00pm
Alprilla Farm, Essex

$60 * Pre-registration is required to attend  

Join Slow Food Boston and the Northeast Organic Farming Association, Massachusetts Chapter (NOFA/Mass) in welcoming the bounty of autumn with our North Shore Tour de Farms.

Together we will bicycle a 16 mile loop across bucolic country roads, visit five diverse farms, including several vegetable farms, a pastured poultry farm, a historic dairy and cheese farm, and a beef cattle farm. Lunch will be offered picnic-style atop a lush pasture.

September 16, 2017 -
5:00pm to 8:00pm
Alprilla Farm, Essex

$25 * Pre-registration is required to attend  

Join Slow Food Boston and Northeast Organic Farming Association of Massachusetts (NOFA/Mass) in welcoming the bounty of autumn by enjoying some good brews and artisan pizza made using local ingredients. Chef Danielle Glantz of Pastaio Via Corta will be cooking up pizzas in an outdoor oven situated on the bucolic pastures of Alprilla Farm. Come enjoy the view, share some beers, all while celebrating the bounty of New England’s farmscape.

September 26, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Online, Anywhere

Free

Juneberry, cornelian cherry, and lingonberry are just a few fruits that are not well-known but have delectable flavors and are easy to grow. This webinar will describe the flavor and the cultivation of these and other uncommon fruits. These fruit plants have little need for spraying for pest control; in some cases annual pruning is not even required. Some of the fruits are borne on plants that also are ornamental, so are perfect for “luscious landscaping” of home grounds. With proper handling, some of these fruits have good market potential, especially for organic and specialty markets.

October 31, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Online, Anywhere

Free

Utilizing a highly interactive farming system to maximize production for vegetables, fruit and animals, Many Hands Organic Farm is ever evolving.  We will discuss our three-year transition to total no-till for our three acres of vegetables, our ever more intricate inter-sowing of cover crops, and complex animal rotations with the vegetable and fruit crops.  This system is based on Albrecht-style mineral balancing, utilization of fertility drenches and foliar sprays, and maximum soil coverage.

October 31, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Online, Anywhere

Free

Utilizing a highly interactive farming system to maximize production for vegetables, fruit and animals, Many Hands Organic Farm is ever evolving.  We will discuss our three-year transition to total no-till for our three acres of vegetables, our ever more intricate inter-sowing of cover crops, and complex animal rotations with the vegetable and fruit crops.  This system is based on Albrecht-style mineral balancing, utilization of fertility drenches and foliar sprays, and maximum soil coverage.

November 5, 2017 -
11:00am to 1:00pm
Lexington High School, Lexington

Fundraiser

We invite you to be part of a healthy and vibrant future in our state and beyond. As consumers and growers, together we can create landscapes that feed our communities and restore our environment.

JOIN the NOFA/Mass Team OR SPONSOR a member of the NOFA/Mass Team.

January 13, 2018 (All day)
Worcester State University, Worcester

Go deeper into your winter study sessions at the upcoming NOFA/Mass Winter Conference at Worcester State University on January 13th, 2018! Our full program of adult, teen and children’s courses will be just what you need to prepare for your next growing cycle! 2018 Keynote Speaker, Gabe Brown.