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

Online Workshop Series

Inspiring Ideas from Experts in the Field
Free Monthly Phone/Web Workshop Series

Learn about new enterprises, techniques and management practices used by successful farmers operating in Massachusetts and similar regions across the country.  With just one hour per month you can invest in your professional development from wherever you are at no cost.

Next Webinar: 

June 27 7-8pm: Working with Biochar on a No-Till Farm

Presenter: Dan Pratt, Astarte Farm,Hadley, MA

Webinar Information: 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. Access code and more info here. 

Mark Your Calendars!  Last Tuesday of Every Month, 7:00-8:00pm

We want everyone to be able to participate!

  •  Driving home from the farmers market? Call in and put the workshop on speakerphone so you can listen while you drive.
  • Cooking dinner with the delicious products from your farm? Bring your laptop into the kitchen so you can watch while you cook.
  • Hanging out with your co-apprentices after a long day in the field? Take an hour to watch and participate in the workshop and discuss after.
  • Can’t make it? We will record as many workshops as possible and archive on this page.

 Our new online workshop series has two main goals:

  1. Provide high quality, high level farm management education that is easily accessible to everyone

  2. Introduce new and experienced growers to topics relating to farm management that will increase efficiency, profitability, soil health and quality of life.

Thanks to our Sponsors

  • Frontier Natural Products - Frontier Co-op Specializes in Natural and Organic Products
  • Lancaster Agriculture - Naturally Interested in Your Future
  • Umass/RMA Risk Management/Crop Insurance Education Program

Special Thanks to New Entry Sustainable Farming Project and Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, for providing access to the WebEx software used to host these online workshops

 Access Archived Workshops from 2016 and 2017

 

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