As the harvest becomes more bountiful, it is time to think about how to preserve summer in jars. This hands-on workshop will focus on lacto-fermentation including sauerkraut, pickles, dilly beans and salsa, all of which will be made with fresh garden produce. During the workshop, attendees will learn the science and health benefits of lacto-fermentation, a process using beneficial microorganisms to preserve and enhance the nutritional value of vegetables. Everyone will have an opportunity to engage in this hands-on workshop by selecting ingredients, weighing, chopping, mixing, preparing jars and packing them. Learn how to fill your own pantry with delicious and nutritious lacto-fermented vegetables so you can enjoy summer all year long! All participants will come away with a beautiful jar filled with kraut or pickles of their own making.
How can you improve your pastures and soils while also increasing the size of your herd?
Rotational grazing is a system that mimics the ecology of natural grasslands. By rotating large herds through fenced off portions of your pastures, your cattle will eat more tender grass, gain more weight faster, AND sequester considerable amounts of carbon in the soil. But to accomplish these goals requires a well-designed plan.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
NOFA/MASS 30th Annual Winter Conference
Save the Date: January 14, 2017
Beginning Farmer Program
NOFA/Mass supports efforts to label foods
Free Monthly Phone/Web Workshop Series
Read our Soil Carbon Restoration white paper
August 12-14, 2016 UMass, Amherst, MA