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

June 27, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Online, Anywhere

Free

Astarte Farm is in the process of converting a 3.5 acre certified organic market garden to 100% no-till using compost and biochar blends. Inspired by the seminal work of Dr. Elaine Ingham, our crew is developing techniques to produce sustainable yields with minimal soil disturbance. Relying on soil biology to release plant-available nutrients from our soils is a leap of faith for many farmers, and we intend to show both the good, the bad and the ugly results we have achieved during our first three years with no-till farming.

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
South Street Farm, Somerville

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 10, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
City Natives, Mattapan

NOFA Member - $20
General Public - $24

Cover Crops are a great way to provide natural fertilizer to any growing space. WHen applied correctly, cover crops are a great addition to even the smallest of spaces. Learn how to use cover crops in small spaces and gardens. Tom Akin from the USDA National Resources Conservation Service will give information and demonstrate the best ways to incorporate cover crops into small gardens.

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

August 26, 2017 -
10:00am to 4:00pm
Earth Harmony Farm and Sanctuary, Newbury

NOFA Member - $60
General Public - $75

* Add $5 for day-of sales

You can help mitigate the impacts of climate change while growing vitally rich foods. By using simple and earth-friendly materials and techniques like cardboard mulching, occultation, leaf mould, cover cropping, and urine reclamation you can turn marginal land into a highly-productive garden without fancy tools.

In this workshop veteran grower Ricky Baruc, co-creator of Seeds of Solidarity, will provide low cost, easy to implement, minimal maintenance techniques to sequester carbon and build life in the soil.

September 2, 2017 - 9:00am to September 3, 2017 - 5:30pm
Woven Roots Farm , Tyringham

NOFA Member - $200
General Public - $250

*Pre-registration is required

Earth, a fundamental building material, is very accessible to a backyard builder. It is incredibly versatile in form and provides the thermal mass for excellent performance. Building an earthen oven is an excellent way to begin your foray into working with earth, cob, adobe, and other earthen materials. These ovens are not only beautiful, but also deeply functional for making breads, pizzas, roasted vegetables, or any other baked goods. They provide a natural centerpiece for a yard, garden, or community center through their aesthetic beauty and ancestral associations.

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.

October 31, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Online, Anywhere

Free

Utilizing a highly interactive farming system to maximize production for vegetables, fruit and animals, Many Hands Organic Farm is ever evolving.  We will discuss our three-year transition to total no-till for our three acres of vegetables, our ever more intricate inter-sowing of cover crops, and complex animal rotations with the vegetable and fruit crops.  This system is based on Albrecht-style mineral balancing, utilization of fertility drenches and foliar sprays, and maximum soil coverage.

November 5, 2017 -
11:00am to 1:00pm
Lexington High School, Lexington

Fundraiser

<p dir="ltr">We invite you to be part of a healthy and vibrant future in our state and beyond. As consumers and growers, together we can create landscapes that feed our communities and restore our environment.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>We are seeking fundraisers and sponsors for our 5th Annual "Organic to Heal the Planet" Run/Walk! Help us educate and advocate for farmers, gardeners and consumers.</strong></p>

January 13, 2018 (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 13th, 2018! Our full program of adult, teen and children’s courses will be just what you need to prepare for your next growing cycle! 2018 Keynote Speaker, Gabe Brown.