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

Past Events

June 25, 2017 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Full Kettle Farm, Sunderland

NOFA Member - $36
General Public - $45
*add $5 for walk-ins

The demand for local, organic herbs is rapidly growing with the revival of herbalism and integrated medicine. This workshop will provide an overview of what it takes to grow and manage a successful herbal market garden. Full Kettle Farm’s Greg Disterhoft will walk us through soil, light & water requirements, cool and warm season herbs, annuals vs. perennials, transplanting, harvesting, fertility, and the maintenance of a variety of herbs. Greg will demonstrate how he propagates and cultivates a wide array of herbs (including high value herbs like ashwagandha, astragalus, tulsi, and clary sage).

June 17, 2017 -
10:00am to 3:00pm
Wildside Cottage and Gardens , Conway

NOFA/MOFGA Member - $54 General Public - $67 

*add $5 for walk-ins

The work of building the dream homestead starts well before the first garden is dug or the greenhouse is built. Creating an efficient and flourishing home and garden, one that yields abundantly but needs few inputs, requires skillful planning. Each element must intelligently connect with every other element in the system.

May 30, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
, Anywhere

Free

Jack Kittredge will describe what happened at the recent Paris conference on "Sequestering Carbon in Soil, Addressing the Climate Threat" where 180 scientists, policy makers, farmers, and NGO representatives discussed the latest carbon science and developing policies to deal with mitigating climate change. Jack will also answer questions relating to the natural science of the process of carbon sequestration, and how farmers and gardeners in the Northeast can help in what needs to be a global project.

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

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.

April 25, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
, Anywhere

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April 24, 2017 -
3:00pm to 5:30pm
First Light Farm, Hamilton

NOFA/MOFGA Member - $25
Non-member - $32
*add $5 for walk-ins

By now, most farmers know the importance of minimizing tillage: better soil structure, more water retention, carbon sequestration, and enhanced soil biology. But, for organic farmers the theory is often easier than the practice. Over the years Mike Raymond at First Light Farm has tried a number of strategies to maximize their soil biology and minimize their soil disturbance. Mike has tried a wide variety of practices to keep soil structure intact and organic matter as high as possible, including strip tillage, permanent pathways, cover crop mixes, and trialing a wide assortment of tillage and cultivation implements.

April 22, 2017 -
5:00pm to 7:30pm
Various Locations, Various Cities

Free

Who doesn't love a potluck? Especially with folks who know and grow their food! Join NOFA/Mass on Earth Day to celebrate land, community, and food. Potlucks are being held at gardens, farms, and homesteads throughout Massachusetts. Everyone is welcome. The vision is simple: conversation, walking on the land, eating together, building connection, being inspired, offering support, sharing a vision of a restorative future and imagining practical ways to get there.

April 19, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ground Work Location, Somerville

NOFA/MOFGA Member - $20
General Public - $24

Prepare the soil well and create the environment for your seedlings to thrive. With a few simple practices and good systems, weeding, pests and disease can be dramatically reduced while your crops thrive.

April 19, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Somerville Community Corporation, Somerville

NOFA/MOFGA Member - $20
General Public - $24

Understanding the importance of early childhood development in humans gives us insights about the same stage in plant life. This workshop will go over working with seedlings and using inoculants to assist with strong and healthy seedling growth.

April 8, 2017 -
9:00am to 4:00pm
Small Ones Farm, Amherst

NOFA/MOFGA Member - $72 General Public - $90

*add $5 for walk-ins

Free yourself from the expense of nursery-bought fruit trees! A fundamental skill of the self-sufficient orchardist, grafting gives you the freedom to save desirable varieties, produce your own trees for free, and swap out varieties you don’t like without having to take out the whole tree.

March 29, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
The KITCHEN at the Boston Public Market, Boston

NOFA/MOFGA Member - $20
General Public - $24

Plants evolved a symbiotic relationship with soil life that gives them everything they need to thrive. This workshop will cover how to create the environment in your soil that can help this happen.

March 25, 2017 -
8:00am to 5:00pm
Upinngil Farm, Gill

NOFA/MOFGA Member - $100 General Public - $130 

*add $10 for walk-ins

Using grass-fed, pastured milk from his family farm, Cliff will take you on hands-on journey through all the stages of making favorites like Cheddar and lesser-known hard cheeses like Caerphilly, Dunlop, or Wensleydale.

This class, suitable for the beginner and advanced cheese-maker, will give you a new appreciation for the ancient art of making complex, nutrient-dense, and obnoxiously delicious cheese.

March 11, 2017 -
8:00am to 5:00pm
Upinngil Farm, Gill

NOFA/MOFGA Member - $100 General Public - $130 

*add $10 for walk-ins

This all-day, hands-on workshop is ideal for the beginning cheesemaker. Using fresh grass-fed pastured milk from Upinngil farm, Cliff Hatch, veteran farmer and cheese artisan, will guide you through the process of making a number of simple cheese such as Camembert, Chevre, Brie, and Blue cheese. Along the way, we’ll talk about the process and history of cheese making and how different cheeses are made. With your palette sharpened and techniques honed, you’ll be ready to make your own artisanal cheese.

March 9, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Green City Growers, Somerville

NOFA/MOFGA Member - $20
General Public - $24

Plants evolved a symbiotic relationship with soil life that gives them everything they need to thrive. This workshop will cover how to create the environment in your soil that can help this happen.

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.

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.

January 31, 2017 -
8:00am to 5:00pm
UMass Amherst Campus Center, Amherst

Members: $79 (use code: carbon-conf-2016-nofa-ma-members) 
Non-Members: $99

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.

December 13, 2016 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Anywhere, Online

Free

Smallholder farmers still produce over 70% of the world's food, many using sustainable and ancestral practices. Leah Penniman, activist-farmer at Soul Fire Farm, has worked with farmers in Haiti, Mexico, and Ghana to exchange ideas and mutual aid. What can we learn from those on the frontlines of the global food sovereignty movement? Join us for a conversation that explores agricultural best practices and policy priorities to move us toward a more just and sustainable food system.

December 10, 2016 - 10:00am to December 11, 2016 - 3:00pm
Red Shirt Farm, Lanesborough

NOFA/Mass Member - $120 (add $10 for walk-in) Non-member - $150 (add $10 for walk-in)

Ever wondered how you can make your own traditional prosciutto? Or sausage? Or maple-smoked bacon using local heritage pork raised on pasture?

This class, taught by Jake Levin, the “Roving Butcher”, will take you step-by-step from a live pig that was raised organically by Red Shirt Farm all the way to the delicious brined, smoked, cured, and stuffed end products that many know and love. Along the way, you’ll learn how to properly and humanely dispatch, break down, and butcher a whole animal and how to use all of those odd bits to make amazing value-added products that will impress your friends and family. You’ll also get to sample some delicious pork products made by Jake throughout the class.

December 4, 2016 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Clover Springs Farm, West Brookfield

NOFA/Mass Member - $35 (walk-in: $40) Non-member - $45 (walk-in: $50)

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.

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