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

September 27, 2016 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Anywhere, Online
Free

You shouldn’t have to struggle with selling your product or communicating with your customers. Join farmer and marketer Michael Kilpatrick who will share simple principles, tips, and techniques to connect with your customers and sell more product. Michael will talk about the power of developing your farm story and branding your farm, figuring out who your customer is, and connecting with them through simple social media strategies.

October 2, 2016 -
10:00am to 4:00pm
Frohloff Farm , Ware
NOFA/Mass Member - $65 Non-member - $80

Do you raise your own pigs, goats, sheep? Want to gain independence from the slaughterhouse while learning how to humanely and skillfully harvest your own livestock? Come learn with The Roving Butcher, aka Jake Levin, as he leads us through whole hog processing. Starting with dispatching, bleeding, scalding, evisceration, Jake will then break down the pig into various pork cuts along with your help. He will also share tips and tricks on how to use the odd bits and respectfully make best use of the entire animal.

October 16, 2016 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Clover Springs Farm, West Brookfield
NOFA/Mass Member - $35 (walk-in: $40) Non-member - $45 (walk-in: $50)

Are you interested in or already raising grass-fed cattle? Come learn with organic grass-fed cattle farmer Matt Koziol.

Matt will discuss what farmers need to know to keep their animals healthy and productive. Starting with the nutritional requirements for livestock, particular attention will be paid to reading and responding to cattle behavior in order to reduce stress for both cow and farmer.

October 17, 2016 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Alprilla Farm , Essex
NOFA/Mass Member - $30 Non-member - $38

Most organic and ecological farmers already know the virtues of cover crops, like weed control, nutrient retention, and better soil tilth. But the utility of a cover crop ultimately comes down to the details: when and what to plant, how to incorporate the seed, how and when to terminate the crop, and where it fits best into your crop rotation.

November 6, 2016 - 12:00pm
Lexington High School, Lexington

Join NOFA/Mass for our 4th Annual 5k run/walk “Organic to Nourish Our Soils and Ourselves.” This fun event helps raise money to support our important work!  Together we can create landscapes that restore our environment and feed our communities.  Our goal is 50 fundraisers and $25,000. Want to join us in the effort?  Click on this link to sign up: http://bit.ly/soilsandselves
  Questions?  Contact Allison Beatty-Maynard at amaynard@nofamass.org

November 13, 2016 -
10:00am to 4:00pm
Gray Dog’s Farm , Huntington
NOFA/Mass Member - $60 Non-member - $75

Silvopasture is an agroforestry practice that intentionally integrates the management of trees, forages, and grazing livestock to mimic a natural savannah ecosystem. This complex ecological system allows you and your farm to reap multiple benefits. Livestock benefit from reduced heat and cold stress and by having access to a greater diversity of grasses and fodder. The trees benefit from ample sunlight and available nutrients that are cycled through livestock. You, the farmer, benefit from the resilience of having multiple income streams and a beautiful landscape abounding with wildlife.

December 4, 2016 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Clover Springs Farm, West Brookfield
NOFA/Mass Member - $35 (walk-in: $40) Non-member - $45 (walk-in: $50)

The health of ruminant animals is directly connected to the health of the pastures on which they graze and the supplemental hay they eat. But how do you know whether you’re pastures are healthy? And how can you tell whether the hay that you’re buying is of high quality? In this workshop, organic grass-based cattle farmer Matt Koziol will teach us how to “read” our pastures and the quality of our feed hay. Matt will walk us through how to take, interpret, and implement pasture soil tests to ensure we are making wise economic and ecological choices for our pastures. He’ll cover a variety of pasture improvement strategies and discuss how different organic amendments can be used to fortify the pasture biology.

December 10, 2016 - 10:00am to December 11, 2016 - 3:00pm
Red Shirt Farm, Lanesborough
NOFA/Mass Member - $120 (add $10 for walk-in) Non-member - $150 (add $10 for walk-in)

Ever wondered how you can make your own traditional prosciutto? Or sausage? Or maple-smoked bacon using local heritage pork raised on pasture?

This class, taught by Jake Levin, the “Roving Butcher”, will take you step-by-step from a live pig that was raised organically by Red Shirt Farm all the way to the delicious brined, smoked, cured, and stuffed end products that many know and love. Along the way, you’ll learn how to properly and humanely dispatch, break down, and butcher a whole animal and how to use all of those odd bits to make amazing value-added products that will impress your friends and family. You’ll also get to sample some delicious pork products made by Jake throughout the class.

January 14, 2017 (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 14th, 2017! Our full program of adult, teen and children’s courses will be just what you need to prepare for your next growing cycle!

This year’s keynote speaker will be Paul Kaiser from Singing Frogs Farm in Sonoma County, CA.  Paul and his wife Elizabeth have been successfully demonstrating how to produce high volume, high quality vegetables in an inspiring no-till system since 2007.