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 for Consumers

May 31, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Lillooet Farm, Boxford

NOFA Members: $25/ Non-members: $35 (Scholarship Available)

In response to COVID-19 we will be moving this workshop online. 

Join us at Lillooet Farm to learn how they are using rotational grazing to enhance their pastures and provide their sheep with healthy forage while minimizing inputs and improving soil health. During this event attendees will walk the pastures with Nathaniel and other members of the Lillooet team, and along the way will: discuss their grazing plan, fencing systems and ways to save labor, speak about choosing livestock that fits the farm and maintaining a healthy flock, learn about the benefits to soil and biodiversity and how they are measuring the results of their regenerative farming practices. We will conclude with a tour through the main barn and view the dairy facility for a discussion session with Erin Bligh about: milking and storage systems, effects of forage and feed on the quality of cheese, creamery procedures and aging techniques.

Lillooet Farm is comprised of 100 acres of fields and forest in the town of Boxford, Massachusetts. The land has been used for homesteading and farming since 1688. Owners Gillian Marino and Nathaniel Higley have been working for four years to reclaim pastures that had been left fallow for 80 years. They raise sheep year-round in order to provide wool and meat for their farm store, local restaurants, and community.

June 5, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Online, Anywhere

Free! Donations accepted with gratitude

Summer has finally arrived and with it, a bounty of fresh produce! To extend the life of fresh vegetables and fruit, transform them into easy quick pickles and refrigerator jams. In this webinar Afton Cyrus will demonstrate how to make quick-pickled vegetables with a flexible, all-purpose brine, and how to make an easy, small-batch refrigerator jam adaptable to whatever fruit you have on hand all summer long. Afton will discuss the different methods of preserving fruits and vegetables, do's and don'ts for preserving safely at home, and how to customize recipes to incorporate your favorite flavors. Afton will demonstrate and discuss: different methods of preserving, quick pickles and how brine flavors can be adapted, making jam, different ways to thicken/set jam and how to adapt to different kinds of fruit. 

June 8, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Square Roots Farm, Lanesborough

NOFA Members: $25/ Non-members: $35 (Scholarship Available)

Join us at Square Roots Farm for a tour and discussion of how they apply rotational high density grazing to provide their livestock with healthy forage, minimize inputs, and improve soil health. By rotating dense herds through temporary paddocks within a pasture, livestock will eat a variety of forage, are more robust, and can sequester considerable amounts of carbon in the soil. Square Roots Farm comprises about 185 acres of hilly fields and forest in Lanesborough, Massachusetts. They raise 1000 laying hens, 4000 meat birds, 30 cattle , 12-24 pigs, turkeys and a diversity of vegetables for their CSA customers and market. Michael will lead our tour through his farm and we will, learn about the fencing and shelters they use to keep their flocks and herds moving over the landscape, grazing density and practices. Our guest Connor Stedman will explain the principles and practices of further developing pastures into silvopasture systems through functional tree planting here in New England.  Then we will use Square Roots Farm to provide context in a discussion about specific practices and tree species that can add additional value to a diversified grazing system.

June 12, 2020 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Online, Anywhere

Free! Donations accepted with gratitude

If you have always wanted to start a garden but don’t want to do a lot of backbreaking sod-busting or rototilling, come learn a better way! Join Ricky Baruch, the originator of the ‘Cardboard Method’ to learn about how to use three simple tools—cardboard, tarps and cover crops—to open up a new garden and maintain it without fossil fuels and pickaxes. We will cover topics such as: methods build organic matter, promote beneficial soil microbes and mycorrhizal fungi, reduce weeds, conserve water and labor, and respond to climate change by helping to keep carbon in the earth.

June 15, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Cricket Creek Dairy, Williamstown

NOFA Members: $25/ Non-members: $35 (Scholarship Available)

Cricket Creek Farm is a small grass-based cow dairy producing a variety of products including raw-milk, grass-fed meat and seven varieties of artisanal farmstead cheeses.  They use high density groups of cows rotated through temporary paddocks within their pastures, allowing for the most efficient use of available forage and maximizing the benefit to livestock and soil. Topher Sabot, Owner and Manager, will lead our tour of the farm to learn about how they use a combination of high-tech and low-tech fencing to to manage the cows and maximize efficiency. We will discuss grazing density and practices that provide superior nourishment for the animals while building nutrient rich and microbially diverse soil.  We will have the opportunity to see their dairy facilities and barns to have a conversation about the fine points of producing dairy on a primarily grass-fed system.

July 20, 2020 (All day) to August 9, 2020 (All day)
, Online

$100-125

Climate Solutions Are Grown In Soil – 2020 Keynote speaker Tim LaSalle

We’re mooooving online!  Due to the continued recommendations for physical distancing to control the spread of COVID-19, we have decided to cancel the in-person conference and move to an online experience spread out over three weeks from July 20 – August 9, 2020. 

At this time, we are solving for the best format to host the conference and reorganizing the educational program to fit the new model.  The virtual conference will be a combination of live video conferencing and discussion group opportunities to network with the community in an online digital ecosystem.

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