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 at Pete and Jen’s Backyard Birds and Farmyard for an in-depth workshop and farm tour focused on successfully raising pastured poultry. Pete and Jen will go into detail on breed selection, brooding practices, pasture management, rotations, quality assurance, health concerns, crating, preparing for slaughter and slaughter details. At workshop time Pete and Jen will have meat chickens, egg layers and turkeys on the farm, and will cover the nuances of the different types of poultry.
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.
Fermented cabbage, better known as sauerkraut, is a easy, healthy and efficient way to store those heads of cabbage abundant this time of year. Sauerkraut is made by combining cabbage, salt and other herbs or vegetables and letting them mingle with friendly lactic acid bacteria, including Leuconostoc, Lactobacillus, and Pediococcus. These bacteria help to create that yummy, tangy, acidic sauerkraut taste, and are a great way to introduce beneficial microbes to your body.
Learn to identify and use wild and cultivated medicinal herbs with Hannah Jacobson-Hardy, holistic health coach and community herbalist of Sweet Birch Herbals. After a tour of Full Kettle Farm, a one-acre herb farm, participants will learn how to respectively harvest plants and how to preserve them for the winter. Join Hannah for this hands-on workshop with demonstrations of making herbal preparations such as teas, tinctures, vinegars, syrups, elixirs, and oils.
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.
Learn how to use local vegetables, herbs, and spices to make your own version of kimchi, a traditional Korean method of vegetable fermentation. Use these methods to develop your own signature recipes and eat farm fresh food throughout the winter months!
Learn techniques for intensively growing vegetables using organic no-till practices on a commercial scale from Bryan O’Hara, owner and farmer at Tobacco Road Farm in Lebanon, CT. Liz Joseph, Heifer Farm garden manager and host for our workshop, will provide a tour of the Heifer Farm organic gardens where she has implemented intensive no-till vegetable production techniques over the last five years.
Join medal winning Team NOFA/Mass for our 3rd annual 5/10K Run & 5K Walk in Lexington on November 1st.
Come see how Cricket Creek Farm makes their award-winning cheese, Maggies Round! Experience the science and art of cheesemaking, demonstrated in the farmstead creamery! This workshop is perfect for home cheesemakers, avid cooks, cheese lovers, food enthusiasts, or anyone looking to witness a fascinating day in the life of a cheesemaker! Bring a friend and enjoy a glimpse into the Cricket Creek creamery! All participant will leave with their own Maggies Round cheese to enjoy at home.
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.