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

April 5, 2015 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
Noonday Farm, Winchendon Springs
NOFA/Mass Member - $25 Non-member - $31

RESCHEDULED from March 8th.

April 12, 2015 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Alprilla Farm , Essex
NOFA/Mass Member - $40 (Walk-In cost, $50) Non-member - $50 (Walk-in cost, $60)

The North Shore of Massachusetts is a place of opportunity for small, diversified, ecologically-sound farming, a place where local products are increasingly valued, and a region with a growing number of farms. At the same time, the agricultural soils of the North Shore are varied and the weather patterns can be extreme. Challenges faced by both experienced and new farmers include erosion; run-off of phosphorus and nitrogen; drainage issues (including soils that are drought prone and soils that are often waterlogged,); and overall flooding of crop lands.

April 26, 2015 - 9:30am to 4:30pm
Many Hands Organic Farm, Barre
NOFA/Mass Member - $48 Non-member - $60

Korean Natural Farming (KNF) is an agricultural method that encourages self-sustaining, closed loop systems through minimizing external inputs. Developed by Master Han Kyu Cho in South Korea, KNF echoes many of the principles central to Masanobu Fukuoka’s Natural Farming technique as well as Permaculture. This all-day, hands-on workshop will focus on both the philosophies and the practices of KNF. Workshop attendees will learn to make various KNF inputs such as Indigenous Microorganism (IMO) soil inoculant, Fish Amino Acids, Water-soluble Calcium, and Oriental Herbal Nutrient. KNF is applicable to many types and scales of farming, from backyard veggie gardening to larger scale livestock operations. Students will walk away from the workshop equipped with the knowledge to implement KNF practices on their own farm or garden.

May 3, 2015 - 10:00am to 4:30pm
Frohloff Farm , Ware
NOFA/Mass Member - $45 (Walk-In cost, $55) Non-member - $57 (Walk-in cost, $67)

At this hands on workshop Jake Levin, The Roving Butcher, will lead participants in the slaughter, bleeding, scalding, evisceration, and eventually the break down into various pork cuts, of a market weight pig. There will be a tour of the historic 95-acre Frohloff Farm, 20 acres of which are managed as a hog operation by farmer Bill St. Croix.

May 17, 2015 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Greenfield Recreation and Swim Area , Greenfield
NOFA/Mass Member - $25 (Walk-In cost, $30) Non-member - $31 (Walk-in cost, $36)

Learn to identify edible wild plants and medicinal herbs with Hannah Jacobson-Hardy, holistic health coach and community herbalist of Sweet Birch Herbals. Participants will learn how to respectively harvest each plant and use them for making salads, soups, and skin care products. We’ll be identifying spring ephemerals such as ramps, dandelion, Japanese knotweed shoots, burdock root, and nettles, which are deliciously pungent and bitter treats that promote spring cleansing. After a winter of eating dense, heavier foods, are you craving more fresh green foods? Join Hannah for an educational walk that includes recipes and tastings.

March 22, 2015 - 2:00pm to 5:30pm, June 14, 2015 - 2:00pm to 5:30pm, September 13, 2015 - 2:00pm to 5:30pm
Brix Bounty Farm , Dartmouth
Entire Series, NOFA/Mass Member - $90 Entire Series, Non-member - $112 Individual Workshop, NOFA/Mass Member - $36 Individual Workshop, Non-member - $45

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

August 14, 2015 (All day) to August 16, 2015 (All day)
Umass, Amherst
TBA

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.

March 22, 2015 - 2:00pm to 5:30pm, June 14, 2015 - 2:00pm to 5:30pm, September 13, 2015 - 2:00pm to 5:30pm
Brix Bounty Farm , Dartmouth
Entire Series, NOFA/Mass Member - $90 Entire Series, Non-member - $112 Individual Workshop, NOFA/Mass Member - $36 Individual Workshop, Non-member - $45

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

November 1, 2015 - 12:00pm
Genesis Battlegreen Run, Lexington

A huge, tremendous, heart-felt thanks to our 316 online donors, innumberable offline donors, and 33 proud fundraisers. Together we raised $17,639 for NOFA/Mass' educational programs and carbon sequestration campaign. Such an incredible effort and support will prove to be beneficial for us all. Be a part of the Team NOFA/Mass magic and fun in 2015: Mark your calendars for next year's race on November 1. See you in Lexington!

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