Participants will be invited to talk with noted historians whose research works to recover histories of enslavement and freedom the the Valley, and to hear from researchers who have developed expertise in recovering those histories. A keynote address from Dr. Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Professor of Anthropology and Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Center at UMass Amherst, will underscore the urgency of understanding and interpreting these stories in our local communities.
This year’s show features six amazing storytellers from around the region sharing their adventures (and misadventures) in farming, cooking, navigating new cultures and relationships, building community, and more. Recorded by Reelife Productions at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton, we’re excited to share them with you in this safe and wonderful setting!
NOFA/Mass has launched the Massachusetts Pollinator Network, a statewide initiative to connect, coordinate, and support pollinator protection efforts across the Commonwealth! Join us at our official launch event (online) to learn about the broader vision for the network and the role of the hired Pollinator Network Coordinator.
The Massachusetts Pollinator Network will host Kathryn LeCroy, Ph.D. as its first Summer Seminar speaker! Dr. LeCroy is a native bee ecologist who studied the negative impact of non-native mason bees on native mason bees with the help of over 200 citizen scientists. Join us to learn more about her findings and the impressive citizen monitoring program she organized!
"Attracting Birds, Butterflies, Bees and Other Beneficials," a presentation offered by naturalist and landscaper John Root, provides guidance on meeting the needs of birds, pollinators, and other beneficial wildlife for food, cover, and water. A variety of plants that nourish these organisms throughout their lifecycles is discussed, and organic methods for establishing wildlife habitat are also presented. This presentation will take place in-person at the Russell Public Library.
Are you looking to expand your garden space or enhance the experience of growing food for community members? Join us for another event from our Inspiring Ideas from the Field series with Native Praxis, founder of Root Life in New Haven, CT, as we discuss community garden design and organization.
Take some time to chat with fellow farmers and farm advisors about tillage reduction and soil health in an open, roundtable environment. The Monthly Min-Till Farmer Call will be the first Monday of each month. No pre-registration required, this will be a free-form space with minimal moderation & with the goal of farmers being able to pose questions to each other and share resources, suggestions, and ideas about tillage reduction.