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

March 29, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
The KITCHEN at the Boston Public Market, Boston

NOFA/MOFGA Member - $20
General Public - $24

Plants evolved a symbiotic relationship with soil life that gives them everything they need to thrive. This workshop will cover how to create the environment in your soil that can help this happen.

April 8, 2017 -
9:00am to 4:00pm
Small Ones Farm, Amherst

NOFA/MOFGA Member - $72 General Public - $90

*add $5 for walk-ins

Free yourself from the expense of nursery-bought fruit trees! A fundamental skill of the self-sufficient orchardist, grafting gives you the freedom to save desirable varieties, produce your own trees for free, and swap out varieties you don’t like without having to take out the whole tree.

April 22, 2017 -
5:00pm to 7:30pm
Various Locations, Various Cities

Free

Who doesn't love a potluck? Especially with folks who know and grow their food! Join NOFA/Mass on Earth Day to celebrate land, community, and food. Potlucks are being held at gardens, farms, and homesteads throughout Massachusetts. Everyone is welcome. The vision is simple: conversation, walking on the land, eating together, building connection, being inspired, offering support, sharing a vision of a restorative future and imagining practical ways to get there.

April 24, 2017 -
3:00pm to 5:30pm
First Light Farm, Hamilton

NOFA/MOFGA Member - $25
Non-member - $32
*add $5 for walk-ins

By now, most farmers know the importance of minimizing tillage: better soil structure, more water retention, carbon sequestration, and enhanced soil biology. But, for organic farmers the theory is often easier than the practice.

Over the years Mike Raymond at First Light Farm has tried a number of strategies to maximize their soil biology and minimize their soil disturbance. Mike has tried a wide variety of practices to keep soil structure intact and organic matter as high as possible, including strip tillage, permanent pathways, cover crop mixes, and trialing a wide assortment of tillage and cultivation implements.

May 4, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ground Work Location, Somerville

NOFA/MOFGA Member - $20
General Public - $24

Prepare the soil well and create the environment for your seedlings to thrive. With a few simple practices and good systems, weeding, pests and disease can be dramatically reduced while your crops thrive.

May 6, 2017 -
12:00pm to 3:00pm
Allandale Farm , Brookline

NOFA/MOFGA Member - $40
Non-member - $50

New England is blessed with an excellent climate for growing a wide variety of mushrooms, many of which contain rare nutritional and medicinal value. This hands-on workshop will teach you the techniques necessary to grow edible mushrooms in your landscape, whether it be a backyard, woodlot, or basement. We’ll primarily focus on cultivating lion’s mane and shiitake mushrooms, both renowned for their flavor, medicinal qualities, and ease of cultivation. The skills you’ll practice in this class will empower you to be begin your own mycelial adventures.

June 17, 2017 -
10:00am to 3:00pm
Wildside Cottage and Gardens , Conway

NOFA/MOFGA Member - $54 General Public - $67 

*add $5 for walk-ins

The work of building the dream homestead starts well before the first garden is dug or the greenhouse is built. Creating an efficient and flourishing home and garden, one that yields abundantly but needs few inputs, requires skillful planning. Each element must intelligently connect with every other element in the system.

July 9, 2017 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
Woven Roots Farm, Tyringham

NOFA/MOFGA Member - $75
General Public - $95
*add $10 for walk-ins

Learn techniques for intensively growing vegetables using no-till practices on a commercial scale from long-time farmers Jen and Pete Salinetti of Woven Roots Farm. Jen and Pete have managed their diversified vegetable farm for over 15 years using inexpensive, low-tech tools. Their system has built a soil with incredible structure, water-holding capacity, and the soil life needed to grow nutrient-dense crops. They’ve been able to do so all while reducing the use of fossil fuels and compaction associated with tractor equipment.

July 13, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:30pm
City Natives, Mattapan

NOFA Member - $20
General Public - $24

Learn how to understand the health of your plants through observation and other monitoring methods. We will test Conductivity and Brix monitoring for activity during the season.  The session will also look at using foliar sprays and nutrient drenches to keep plants healthy.

July 17, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:30pm
Blue Heron Organic Farm, Lincoln

NOFA Member - $30
Non-member - $36
*add $5 for walk-ins

The metropolitan Boston region is home to over 100 species of edible wild plants, some of which are more nutritious and/or flavorful than their cultivated counterparts (including common farm and garden weeds like Dandelion, Wild Mustard, Purslane and Lamb’s Quarters). Join Russ Cohen, expert forager and author, on an evening ramble in and around Blue Heron Organic Farm in Lincoln to learn about at least two dozen edible species.

August 11, 2017 (All day) to August 13, 2017 (All day)
Hampshire College, Amherst

Cultivating The Organic Grassroots Movement

The Northeast Organic Farming Association’s Summer Conference is the community learning hub of the NOFA universe. We learn, we play, and we enjoy a weekend of skill building, inspiration and entertainment. It is our opportunity to get together and inspire one another during a family friendly weekend with people living the same lifestyle, holding the same vision and working respectively in many ways toward the same goals.

More Info at www.nofasummerconference.org

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.