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

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.

February 19, 2017 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
David's House, Deerfield
NOFA/MOFGA Member - $40 Non-member - $50

Smart forest management can help you move towards energy independence while also providing additional income. This woodlot management workshop is meant to empower owners of small woodlots to start a management program of their own.

David Cantieni will share his personal experience of living in the woods for the last 30 years and his journey of forest stewardship. He’ll discuss and demonstrate how to do a forest assessment, with emphasis on species diversity, canopy openness, aesthetics, wildlife habitat, and timber quality. David will dive into economic considerations of forest management including regional timber markets, selling cordwood, and more. There will also be discussion of scale-appropriate tools and technology to aid you in your forestry work.

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

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