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

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.

December 13, 2016 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Anywhere, Online
Free

Smallholder farmers still produce over 70% of the world's food, many using sustainable and ancestral practices. Leah Penniman, activist-farmer at Soul Fire Farm, has worked with farmers in Haiti, Mexico, and Ghana to exchange ideas and mutual aid. What can we learn from those on the frontlines of the global food sovereignty movement? Join us for a conversation that explores agricultural best practices and policy priorities to move us toward a more just and sustainable food system.

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.

January 31, 2017 -
8:00am to 5:00pm
UMass Amherst Campus Center, Amherst
Various

Join us for an in-depth, inspiring conversation on carbon sequestration and learn what practical steps you can take to make a positive impact in your interactions with the landscape. From yards to farms to greenways to commons to gardens, how we treat our soils impacts the climate.

During this day-long program we will learn from many land care practitioners, including land managers, farmers, researchers and conservationists, what practices can return carbon to our soils and restore our landscapes.

Soil is alive. In fact, in one tablespoon of healthy soil there are more microorganisms than there are people on this planet. A highly functional, thriving soil has the capacity to store carbon, absorb water like a sponge and support a thriving landscape. For years we have viewed soil through its physical and chemical properties, yet now we are beginning to realize the crucial role of biology in soil function and health.

February 6, 2017 -
9:30am to 5:00pm
Stonehill College , North Easton
NOFA/MOFGA Member - $75 Non-member - $95

High tunnels, hoop houses, and greenhouses are one of the best tools growers of the northeast have to significantly increase their production, maintain a year-round market, and boost their bottom line. With proper management, a high tunnel investment that can pay for itself in just one or two seasons. Presenters Andrew Mefferd and Michael Kilpatrick, both veteran organic farmers from Northeast have worked for years to optimize the use of this simple but powerful tool for other farmers.