In workshop 2, learn about the foundations of fertility, including dry mineral application and foliar sprays, as well as managing lettuce post-harvest and implementing tomato successions
Since I handed over the NOFA/Mass Education Director job to Glenn Oliveira (and he has embraced it with all of his might), I have time for investigation and outreach in directions that never seemed to fit into my day in the past.
I am pleased to report that NOFA/Mass’ new certification assistance program has been well received with eight farms jumping on board this winter and filing their applications with Baystate Organic Certifiers. While I won’t divulge our farms until they are approved, a variety of farms took advantage of this program.
As you no doubt have heard, organic food is continuing to enjoy a spectacular growth in the American marketplace. It went up over 11% last year and now accounts for more than 5% of the US food market. Organic products have been called the “fastest-growing” consumer food trend in modern history.