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2020 Workshops by time

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Profitable Head Lettuce - Focusing on Quality and Value (Advanced)

Head lettuce is a niche crop with strong market potential for small scale growers making direct sales. Selling heads at $4 with high pack out rates, gross sales can top $80K per acre. In this workshop we'll discuss our planting dates, varieties, cultivation schedule, and fertility program. We also share our best tips for maximizing head lettuce profitability.
Derek Christianson: Owner-operator of Brix Bounty Farm in Dartmouth MA; Derek grows for CSA, farmstand and one farmers market.

 

Growing Grains in Massachusetts (Intermediate)

Have you ever still been hungry after eating a big, homegrown salad and wished that you grew something more substantial? Grains and beans can be grown and harvested at any scale to add diversity to your dinner table, CSA share, farm stand, and crop rotation. In this session we will cover variety selection, bed prep, fertility, crop management, equipment, and harvest.
Noah Courser-Kellerman: Raises vegetables, grassfed beef and grains at Alprilla Farm in Essex, MA.

 

Transitioning to a No-Till Farm (Intermediate)

There is a distinct transition phase when a farm is taken from a tillage regime to a no-till management system. Bryan will share his own farm's transition process, prepare other growers for challenges that will arise, and offer guidance on best responses to those challenges.
Bryan O'Hara: Over 25 years of experience farming; author of the upcoming book The No-Till Intensive Vegetetable Grower's Handbook

 

Cover Crop Strategies for No-Till Systems (Introductory-Intermediate)

Cover crop mixtures improve soil health and can be profitable when utilized for nutrient cycling and reduced off-farm fertilizer inputs, but combining cover crops with no-till systems can be a challenge. In this advanced cover cropping session we will discuss cover crop mixtures for no-till systems, termination methods for multiple scales, and common issues to consider when plowing isn’t an option.
Julie Fine: Julie is the Northeast rep for Johnny's Selected Seeds. Her grad research looked at cover crops for no-till vegetable production.

 

Introduction to Organic Certification (All Levels)

Can I get my hemp crop certified? What about my vegetables? How do I add a ‘certified grass-fed’ label to my beef? How much of a hassle and expense is it? Your friendly local organic certification agency, Baystate Organic Certifiers, has all the answers you need to become officially “organic”, whether you are a market gardener, farmer, specialty producer or processor.
Don Persons: Certification Administrator - Manager - Inspections & Inspection Process

 

Exploring Novel Approaches to Farm Labor - A Farmer Focus Group (Advanced)

Collaborative farm labor models could increase availability of qualified labor available to farmers, reduce hiring, training, and retention costs, address seasonality limitations of employment, and increase benefits and career pathways for employees.  We will explore and discuss various farm labor models to meet specific producer and farmworker needs and resources. 
Jennifer Hashley: Director of New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, a beginning farmer training program.

Kevin Cody: Farmer Training Program Manager, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, a beginning farmer training program.

 

Composting Kitchen Waste, Leaves, and Garden Waste Year Round (Introductory)

This workshop will show a simple method for composting kitchen waste year-round easily without having the pile freeze up in January. Time permitting the workshop will also cover simple, easy approaches to composting garden weeds in a manner that allows the pile to reach 140 degrees.

Mark Hanson: Organic gardener and beekeeper since 1968.  Has given workshops on composting garden wastes, brush, and kitchen waste.

 

Healthy Soil, Healthy Gardens: Cover Crops for the Small-Scale Grower (Introductory)

Maintaining living plant cover is one of the essential practices of building soil health. This workshop provides practical guidance on using cover crops in a small-scale, non-mechanized, no-till context to improve soil health both for growing more nutritious food and for sequestering atmospheric carbon into the soil.
Sharon Gensler: Homesteader/organic grower/educator 38 yrs. Using no-till & cover crops soil building practices on small scale.

 

Understanding Your Logan Lab Soil Test Report (Intermediate)

This workshop will help you understand how to read a soil test report from Logan Labs. We will discuss Total Exchange Capacity, Organic Matter, Mineral and Trace Element Requirements for growing vegetables based upon the Albrecht method of soil balancing. We will also discuss the saturated paste test and how to understand its results in context of your standard soil test.
Laura Davis: Laura operates Long Life Farm in Hopkinton, MA assists growers with their soil amendment needs.

 

Producing Very Low Risk Raw Milk for Human Consumption (Intermediate)

Raw Milk Institute ( RAWMI ) specializes in training and mentoring farmers in the production of ultra low risk raw milk for human consumption. Our presentation is a workshop format for dairy farmers that are interested in producing and selling raw milk directly to consumers. We focus on food safety and practical steps to manage and reduce risk. 
Mark Mcafee: Mark McAfee is the founder of the Raw Milk Institute and also the CEO of Organic  Pastures Dairy.

 

 

Implementing Permaculture Principles in an Edible Forest Setting (Introductory)

In 2012 Dani Baker began planning and planting "The Enchanted Edible Forest Garden",a certified organic multi-purpose perennial planting containing fruits, nuts, berries, herbs and other edibles.  This workshop will elucidate the permaculture principles applied in the development of this one acre garden entering its 8th year.

Dani Baker: Dani Baker is co-owner of Cross Island Farms, Wellesley Island

 

Agroforestry in Practice and Policy (Intermediate)

Agroforestry systems yield marketable goods while also sequestering carbon. Learn about basic agroforestry methods as well as some policy initiatives that need to be championed for this growing industry to be successful.
Andrew Currie: Farmer/student specializing in developing and promoting agroforestry best practices.
Lingxi Chenyang: Law student focused on policy opportunities that advance the research and uptake of agroforestry practices nationally.

 

Ghee: Repair the Gut, Calm the Mind (All Levels)

Ghee (clarified butter) has been used for thousands of years to repair the digestive tract, balance and detoxify the organ systems, and calm the mind. In this workshop we will discover the many ways ghee can repair and restore our bodies from stress and poor diet. We will make ghee and infuse it with herbal medicines. Recipes, taste tests, handouts provided.
Hannah Jacobson-Hardy: Community Herbalist & Ghee Queen.

 

Prison Gardens: Strategies for Therapy and Job Training (Introductory)

Prison gardens are proliferating across the US. Join TNGS to learn the ins and outs of developing and implementing horticulture programs in state prison yards. The workshop is open to those who are interested in therapeutic horticulture and vocational training. We’ll provide sample curriculum, best practices and approaches to providing garden training on a minimal budget.
Renee Portanova: Co-Founder and Director of The New Garden Society.

Lisa Lee: Educator and Administrator for The New Garden Society.

 

Defining Food Quality: Tools, Science and Collaboration (All Levels)

The Bionutrient Food Association and Real Food Campaign have embarked on a open source project to develop a hand held spectrometer used to test relative nutrient density, as well as building and populating databases sufficient to define relative nutrient density and identify causal production practices. Stop in for an update on this project!
Dan Kittredge: Eclectic, farmer, NGO Director, focused on systemic solutions.

 

Glyphosate Secrets: What Monsanto/Bayer Doesn't Want You to Know (Intermediate, Advanced)

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is not only in the news but it’s in our food and ubiquitous in the environment. More and more organizations, states and countries are now working to ban it. This multimedia workshop will discuss the many glyphosate secrets hidden from consumers and how you can help remove it from agriculture and store shelves.
Ed Stockman: biologist, organic farmer, cofounder Regeneration Massachusetts.

 

Stop Landscaping, Start Life-Scaping (Introductory, Intermediate)

You may know HOW to landscape but do you know WHY you landscape? Do you have a vision for your land that aligns with your lifestyle; one that furthers the grander mission of your life? The Life-Scape Method will equip garden enthusiasts and landscape professionals with the tools needed to powerfully design/build, and care for meaningful, sustainable landscapes.
Monique Allen: CEO & Creative Director at The Garden Continuum, Inc.

Author of "Stop Landscaping, Start Life-Scaping."

 

Small-scale Propagation of Native Plants from Seed (Introductory)

Learn the basics and get introduced to some of the complexities of growing native plants from seed, including seed collection, stratification, and propogation. This workshops is ideal for the home-owner or small farmer looking for inexpensive and gratifying ways to support native insect populations by adding native plants to the landscape.
Adam Kohl: Owner of Kohl Gardens; ecological design, native plant nursery, & fine gardening.

 

Regenerative Apiary Management for the Northeast (All Levels)

Discuss chemical free methods & strategies for effective apiary management in the Northeast.  Strategies include brood breaks, backyard queen rearing, mycelium inoculants, and planting for pollinator support.  Strategies will be accessible for beginner and intermediate beekeepers. 
Angela Roell: Angela Roell runs They Keep Bees, a project of Yard Birds Farm in Great Falls, MA

 

Policy & Principles: Soil Health & Ecosystem Services (Intermediate, Advanced)

In 2019, the Vermont legislature convened a Working Group to research and recommend financial incentives designed to encourage farmers to implement practices that improve soil health and provide ecosystem services. The Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition advocated for the concept of building the soil sponge to mitigate flooding and drought and recycle nutrients in place.
Cat Buxton: Founder VHSC. Owner of Grow More, Waste Less: connecting communities to affect positive change from the ground up.

 

Tap Into History to Understand & Tell Your Farm’s Story (Introductory)

What historical contexts have defined farming in New England? History gives insight into the past decisions that have shaped our landscapes. We will discuss how to see beyond the rosy bucolic stories of the farms we own, manage, or love, to craft an engaging story that also educates eaters, neighbors, legislators, and others about the realities of small-scale farming.
Cathy Stanton: Senior Lecturer, Anthropology Dept, Tufts University, public historian focusing on food and farm history in New England.

Soil Health on the Hand-Scale Farm: Cover Crops Mulching & More (Intermediate)

Cover cropping and mulching is incredibly important for building soil health, but can present particular challenges for the hand-scale farm. Learn how we manage cover crops in a no-till, permanent bed, small-scale vegetable production system. We will also discuss other soil health practices for increasing yields while growing nutrient-dense and beautiful food.
Jen Salinetti: Co-owns a regenerative, no-till, bio-intensive vegetable farm, CSA and education center in the Berkshires.
Mathieu Boudreau: B.A. in Environmental Studies & Sustainability from Drew University, Farm Crew Manager at Woven Roots Farm.

 

Growing Vegetables with Draft Horses (All Levels)

A detailed description of our vegetable production system. We'll focus on layout, equipment, and order of operations first. Then we'll talk successes and failures. A lengthy Q & A will focus first on answering production details for experienced teamsters, and then on broader questions on horse farming for farmers new to draft horses.
Lincoln Fishman: Lincoln has been growing vegetables with horses since 2011.

 

Farm Strong:  Exploring the Social Side of Farm Sustainability (All Levels)

Most farms focus on two of the three pillars of sustainability: economic and environmental. What is often overlooked is the third pillar: social sustainability. Many factors are beyond a farmer’s control, contribute to stress, and can affect farmer quality of life and farm viability. Social sustainability focuses on the farmer’s ability to be resilient and adapt to change.
Jennifer Hashley: Director, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, a beginning farmer training program.

Kevin Cody: Farmer Training Program Manager, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, a beginning farmer training program.

 

Adapting to The Changing Local Foods Market (Intermediate)

Meal kits, delivery services, CSA saturation and other trends are changing consumer habits and perceptions. As more people access the Internet on their phones and social media evolves, farmers need to do more than set up a website and a Facebook page. This workshop will show farmers how to understand their market and adapt their strategies to stay relevant and competitive.
Myrna Greenfield: Myrna Greenfield’s company, Good Egg Marketing, promotes farm and food-related businesses and non-profits.

 

Ten Thousand Seedlings in One Hundred Square Feet

At Hopestill Farm, I grow almost all of the seedlings I need for a 2-acre market garden in a very simple, modular and inexpensive seed-starting room I built in my basement. In this session, I'll review the design and function of the seed starting room including plans, budget, construction tips, and details on how I use the room from January through September.
Richard Robinson: Certified organic market gardener at Hopestill Farm in Sherborn Mass; NOFA/Mass board member

 

The Unseen World in the Soil: Microbes and Soil Health (All Levels)

In this workshop, I will describe microscopic organisms, their interrelationships with other biota and their beneficial roles in nutrient cycling, soil structure and plant health. Recent advances in the science of soil microbiology and ecology and the potential effects of pesticides and climate change will also be offered.
Jack Nelson: I am a retired Ph.D. Research Microbiologist.

 

Growing & Preserving Great Garlic (All Levels)

Garlic, the “Stinking Rose”, is an easy crop to grow well, utilize, and enjoy.  Learn to plant, grow well, trouble-shoot (diseases and pests), harvest, cure, and store your great crop.  We’ll cover it all, including innovative ways to preserve and use garlic in value added products.  Lots to taste and recipes to carry home.
Amy LeBlanc: Maine organic farmer, world traveler, and enthusiastic cook. Owner of Whitehill Farm.

 

What's Going on with Hemp Farming in Massachusetts (All Levels)

Understanding the current hemp landscape in Massachusetts.  Updates on regulations and policies as well as legislative updates. The challenges of this growing year, and how farmers met them. What the changing regulatory climate means for hemp farming in our region.
Julia Agron: Julia is the Communications Director for the Northeast Sustainable Hemp Association.

 

Preparing Farms, Communities, and Regions for Climate Disruption (All Levels)

By regenerating ecosystem patterns and processes, farms can be designed for resilience in the face of climate disruption. This workshop will explore ecological design solutions for climate adaptation appropriate to MA farms and communities, including water management, crop and landscape biodiversity, productive buffers and corridors, and potential new regional crops.
Connor Stedman: Lead Designer & Ecologist, Appleseed Permaculture.

 

Biochar and Compost: A perfect Union, Right Here on Earth (Introductory, Intermediate)

Biochar and compost team up to provide multiple benefits throughout the organic growing cycle. For example, biochar added to composting at the beginning of composting results in better and faster “cook” while acclimating the biochar to its role as a soil amendment. The options for making backyard biochar and integrating it in organic farming methods will be discussed.
Hugh McLaughlin, PhD, PE: Published expert on biochar production, characterization and use.
Doug Clayton: Permaculturalist & biochar innovator at Intuitive Biochar.

 

Intro to Growing Cultural Crops (Introductory)

In this workshop, we will review a variety of cultural crops that we have successfully grown at our YouthGROW Urban Farms in Worcester, MA. They include greens, eggplant, squash, peas, corn, etc. We will provide seed sources, review their growth habits, give examples of how they are used, discuss their nutritional value, and share our marketing and retail strategies.
Tom Trepanier: YouthGROW Farm Manager
Valeria Niyonkuru: Farming Mentor

 

Silvopasture: Key Climate Adaptation Strategy for the Northeast (All Levels)

Silvopasture is an agroforestry practice combining trees, forages, and livestock. It offers significant economic and environmental benefits, and is calculated by Project Drawdown as the top agricultural climate solution.We will discuss the essentials of integrating fodder and crop trees into pastures in MA, including tree species, horticulture, management, and economics.
Connor Stedman: Lead Designer & Ecologist, Appleseed Permaculture.

 

Raising Healthy Pigs Part 1: Breeding & Farrowing (Intermediate, Advanced)

How do I select healthy and productive breed stock? Should I keep a boar or use AI? How do I feed pregnant and nursing sows for optimal health and productivity? How do I make sure farrowing goes smoothly? How do I take care of newborn baby pigs? Learn the answers to these questions and more at this in-depth workshop on porcine reproduction.
Alice Percy: For ten years Alice operated a commercial certified organic pastured hog operation on her farm in Whitefield, Maine.

 

Revitalizing Old Apple Trees & Planning Orchards for the Future (Intermediate)

In this workshop, we will discuss the renovation of old or neglected apple trees and how to care for them once they've been restored. We will also spend some time on critical considerations for new orchard plantings that will survive in a world facing climate change. We will also discuss alternative approaches to understory management.
Matt Kaminsky: Orchardist, Arborist, and Cider Maker based in Hadley, MA doing business as Gnarly Pippins.

 

Chestnuts: A Staple Tree Crop for the Northeast (All Levels)

Chestnuts should be part of our regional food system, especially as local demand outstrips local supply. In this workshop, we will review growing and processing chinese and hybrid chestnuts in alley crop and, silvopasture agroforesty system. We will review establishment, growing conditions, varieties, and current trends and discuss our young chestnut farms as a case study.
Jono Niger: Dedicated teacher and practitioner of agroforestry, ecosystem restoration, and permaculture.
Russell Wallack: Founder, Owner & Farmer at Breadtree Farms.

 

Sustainable Fats & Oils for New England (All Levels)

We’ll discuss local, healthy fats & oils:  why they are superior—from both a health perspective and an environmental perspective—to what is currently on offer in our supermarkets; how to use them in home cooking and do-it-yourself body care (soap, shampoo, moisturizers and more); where to find fat from pastured animals; possibilities for small-scale oil pressing from seed.
Aileen Bellwood: PhD, conservation biologist, food & farming educator, farmer, soapmaker, and founder of Forest Karma Soap Co.

 

Growing & Processing Medicinal Herbs (Introductory, Intermediate)

This workshop will cover some of the basics of growing medicinal herbs including seed starting and other propagation techniques, growing perennials vs annuals, seed saving and harvesting. We will also focus on post-harvest processing techniques like drying and briefly cover other options. We will highlight a few examples of different herbs we grow.
Susan Pincus: Owner of Sawmill Herb Farm in Florence, MA.

 

Ancient Breads and Whispering to the Wild Yeast (All Levels)

A walk back in time to ancient loaves, wild yeast and the wheat that started it all. Learn how to cultivate your own yeast starter and use it to make bread from the ancient wheat Einkorn. You'll even get some wild yeast to take home with you!
Ben Lester: Award winning baker, entrepreneur and cookbook author, Benjamin Lester is elevating your baking game today!

 

Herbal Antibiotics & Antivirals for Colds, Flus & Prevention (Introductory, Intermediate)

As pharmaceutical antibiotics lose ground in fighting illness, potent traditional plant medicines emerge. We will review how plant medicines work differently than antibiotics, and discuss Stephen Harrod Buhner's work: herbal antivirals, antibiotics, and Lyme disease. We will also sample herbs, discuss their use, and identify which can be wild-crafted or grown in our area.
Sarah Stockwell-Arthen: Herbalist for 25 years, growing and preparing plant medicines at Hilltown Herbals. Student of Stephen Buhner’s work.

 

Farming for Biodiversity: Designing Native Pollination Systems (All Levels)

Wild pollination systems are being degraded rapidly, raising concern over an impending ecological catastrophe. Yet most efforts to create pollinator habitat have only increased common species, rather than the range of wild pollinators needed for ecosystem health and resiliency. We will explore the critical role of plant selection in designing and planning for pollinators.
Evan Abramson: Pollination Systems Designer + Planner at Landscape|nteractions. Designing biodiversity through pollination science.

 

Wild Edibles: What to Grow, What to Seek, and How to Do It (Introductory)

Whether you’re interested in your health, sustainability, or simple pleasure, knowing your wild edibles is a skill worth cultivating. From wild broccoli to cucumber root, wild edibles are all around us. Come earn about native perennial edible species; where to find them, how to cultivate them, and what to do with them once you have them in hand.
Dan Jaffe: Author & Photographer: Native Plants for New England Gardens, Horticulturist & Propagator at Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary.

 

Massachusetts Healthy Soils Action Plan Update & Listening Session (All Levels)

The MA HSAP is a project to create a blueprint for improving soil management practices across land uses in MA. This plan, based on the input of land managers and practitioners, will guide policy makers and regulators to improve policies and programs to help the Commonwealth meet climate change and resiliency goals. Come share your thoughts and learn what we’ve discovered!
Keith Zaltzberg: Founding partner of Regenerative Design Group; instructor on permaculture, community resilience and food systems.
Jim Newman: Founder and Principal at Linnean Solutions, founding Board member of the Resilient Design Institute.

 

Small Farms Start Beekeeping Program (All Levels)

Encouraging small farms to start beekeeping programs is a great way to increase crops production through improved pollination and to create additional profit through honey sales.  We will use Drumlin Farm’s sustainable and chemical-free beekeeping program as a case study to explore how small farms can integrate bees into their system.
Mel Gadd: Beekeeper 14 years. 2017 Mass Beekeepers Beekeeper of the Year.

 

Hay, Pastures, and Bobolinks (Intermediate)

We cut our largest hayfield late so bobolinks and grasshopper sparrows can nest, then fall graze the aftermath. This was the practice on most New England farms through the 19th century. This session will review the historical development of haying and grazing on MA farms, to open a discussion among participants about their grassland management and nesting birds.
Brian Donahue: Associate Professor of American Environmental Studies, Brandeis University; farmer.

Building Soil Carbon for Better Crops and Climate (Intermediate)

We will discuss why sequestering carbon is crucial for good crops and our climate, and what methods we are using to achieve better carbon levels while maintaining farm viability on our diverse animal, vegetable and fruit farm
Jack Kittredge: Carbon farming researcher, certified organic farmer.
Julie Rawson: Certified organic farmer &  NOFA/Mass Executive Director.

 

The Science of Assessing and Improving the Health of Your Soil (Introductory)

Science has evolved to recognize soil as a dynamic, living resource that requires proper care to maintain and improve.  This presentation will cover some basics of how a healthy soil functions, how to asses the health of your soil, and methods of improving soil health on various types of land, along with information on federal and local programs that can help you.
Kate Gervais: WCCD Soil Conservationist.
Maggie Payne: USDA NRCS Resource Soil Scientist.

 

Exploring the Range & Diversity of CSA Models (All Levels)

n the 33 years since the first US CSA opened, farmers have innovated a wide array of variations on the model. In this session our panel of CSA farmers will share their approaches, including regionally aggregated CSAs with online ordering, flex passes, market cards and more. Bring your ideas and use this session to explore what approach is best for your farm.
Don Zasada: Owner and Manager of Caretaker Farm in Williamstown, MA
Jeremy Barker-Plotkin: Co-owns and operates Simple Gifts Farm in Amhert, MA; Board President, Organic Farming Research Foundation.
Henry Corsun: Co-owner of Dogwood Farm & Co-founder of Good Food Farmers, a home delivery service serving 12+ farms and 150 families.

 

Planting Garlic into Green Mulch (Introductory)

An overview of research happening at UMass Amherst about strategies to minimize off farm inputs and protect soil using fall cover crops in garlic production. We will discuss intercropping with live cover crops and the impacts of cover on soil health as an example of alternative production strategies in the northeast.
Alexa Smychkovich: Graduate Student, Plant and Soil Sciences, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, UMass Amherst.

 

Cultivating Culture: Reclaiming Jewish Agricultural Wisdom (Introductory)

Join Jewish Farmer Network co-founder Sarah Julia Seldin as she explores the agricultural roots of the Jewish tradition. Learn what the ancient body of Jewish wisdom can teach us about building regenerative agricultural systems built on integrated food justice principles, perennials, visionary crop rotation and a culture of gratitude.
Sarah Julia Seldin: Co-founder of the Jewish Farmer Network and stewards a community farm outside of Asheville, NC.

 

Reducing Tillage at Freedom Food Farm (Intermediate)

At Freedom Food Farm we have been transitioning from 14 acres of tilled vegetables to 5 acres of reduced and no-till production without reducing sales by using a combination of existing equipment, no-till ACRE grant equipment, and hand scale tools and production techniques. We will share what has and hasn't worked, as well as plans for future trials and rotations.
Chuck Currie: Runs Freedom Food Farm, a 90-acre four-season certified organic farm producing meat, grain, produce & eggs in Raynham, MA.

 

The Climate Battery Greenhouse: Planning, Installation & Resourcing (Intermediate)

The Climate Battery is a low-input heat transfer system for greenhouse temperature control. This relatively simple technology reduces fuel inputs and increases plant health by providing a more moderate temperature than venting alone. In this workshop, we will discuss in detail the planning and building of a greenhouse that incorporates the climate battery system. 
Jim Schultz: Co-owns Red Shirt Farm in Lanesboro, MA.

 

FSMA Produce Safety Rule: Understand the New Rules of the Road (Introductory)

This workshop will help growers understand the basics of the Food Safety Modernization Act's Produce Safety Rule, including key requirements and how to determine your farm's status under the rule.
Sara Dewey: Legal Food Hub.
Kevin Cody: New Entry Sustainable Farming Project.
Mary Rose Scozzafava: Senior Fellow, Conservation Law Foundation Legal Food Hub

 

The Wild, Wacky, Wonderful World of Winter Squash (Introductory, Intermediate)

The right varieties of of properly grown, harvested, seasoned and stored winter squash are truly nature's nutritious, delicious, fall and winter candy. Learn what varieties are best from my extensive experience and learn how to start, cultivate, harvest, store and process these beauties.
Jack Mastrianni: Passionate purveyor and planter of pumpkins and winter squash for 50 years.

 

Seaweed: Food, Feed, & Fertilizer (All Levels)

With over 70 minerals present in seaweed, it is a naturally remineralizing input for depleted soils. Come and explore ways that seaweeds can be utilized in organic agriculture, including foliar sprays, ground fertilizers, and animal feeds. We will have hands-on samples of local seaweeds and will demonstrate how to make a simple seaweed foliar spray in a ball jar.
Trey Angera: NOFA/Mass board member, partner in largest organic seaweed farm in North America.

 

How to Make Money with a 100% Grass-Fed Beef Cow-Calf Operation (Intermediate)

One of the surest ways of increasing profitability with cattle is to reduce dependence on purchased feed. This workshop will present methods for increasing the productivity of pastures by utilizing cover crops and vigorous hybrid pasture species, extending the grazing season into the winter, stockpiling grass for winter grazing, and keeping calves on cows through winter.
Ridge Shinn: Ridge Shinn, founder and CEO of Big Picture Beef, is an expert in grass-fed beef production and regenerative grazing.

 

Coppice Agroforestry Enterprises for the Northeast (Introductory, Intermediate)

This workshop explores how our coppiced Christmas tree farm makes use of this management technique to generate multiple streams of income from the land. Emphasis will be on Christmas trees, but discussion will cover other forest products as well.
Emmet Van Driesche: Operates the Pieropan Christmas Tree Farm in Ashfield, Massachusetts.

 

Raising Healthy Pigs Part 2: Feed and Pasture (Intermediate, Advanced)

While pigs are flexible omnivores and can be a valuable way to recycle food waste, they are neither garbage disposals nor cows. In this workshop, learn what a pig's nutritional requirements are, how those requirements change over the course of the animal's life, how different feeds help to satisfy those requirements, and what nutritional benefits pasture can offer.
Alice Percy: For ten years Alice operated a commercial certified organic pastured hog operation on her farm in Whitefield, Maine.

 

Learn to Make Herbal Tinctures (Introductory)

In this workshop we will learn the different ways to make herbal tinctures. We will review medicinal herbs that can be easily grown & harvested locally. We will explore herbs for immune system strengthening, and fighting colds and flu.
Diana Phillips: Holistic healer with a practice focused mainly on chronic illness and Lyme disease.

 

Delicious Life force! Tips for Sprouted Grain Bread (Introductory)

Make sprouted grain breads packed with life force, delicious taste and great texture.  Sprouting is simplified with Wheat, Rye, Spelt and Einkorn berries as well as lentils and sunflower seeds. We will demo hacks to make 100% whole grain  loaves that make the best toast ever.
Odessa Piper: Pioneered regional reliance at L’Etoile 76-05. Creative Director of Food Artisan Immersion Program at Taliesin.

 

Winter: A Time of Renewal to Build Your Inner Strength (Introductory, Intermediate)

In many traditional cultures each season had it's time of action and correct activity to create balance in the body and mind. In this class, you will learn how to create balance in the winter season by your choices of  food, lifestyle practices, exercises and more to recharge your battery/internal strength in order to  create good vitality for the rest of the year.
John Kozinski, MEA, FSMA: Clinical Nutritionist/EW Diagnostician/Healing ArtsTeacher since 1976, IDx Diagnosis, Kushi Institute 1986-2013.

 

Rebuilding the Organic Movement with the Real Organic Project (Introductory)

As the National Organic Program wanders away from the organic movement, we find ways to reconnect and rebuild. The Real Organic Project is working to do this on a national level, first by creating an add-on label with integrity and transparency. Come discuss why we must do this, and how to succeed.
Dave Chapman: Organic farmer at Long Wind Farm for the last 35 years. Executive Director of the Real Organic Project.

 

Responding to Rapid Insect Population Collapse (All Levels)

Insect populations are collapsing worldwide under climate stress, environmental toxins, and habitat loss. We can take action now to stabilize crucial populations of life at the base of the food web. This workshop will explore specific ecological design interventions for the design of pollinator support systems across scales - home, neighborhood/town, farm, and watershed.
Connor Stedman: Lead Designer & Ecologist, Appleseed Permaculture.

 

Best Perennial Plants for Edible Landscaping (All Levels)

Join Dave and Marina as they highlight their favorite edible perennial plants to incorporate into the Northeast landscape. This workshop will feature detailed plant profiles and lists outlining where the plants fit best in the landscape (i.e. sun-loving, vining, groundcover, shade tolerant, etc).
Dave Scandurra: Founded Edible Landscapes of Cape Cod in 2012. A passionate food grower and plant enthusiast.
Marina Matos: Co-operator of Edible Landscapes of Cape Cod. Passionate about medicinal and edible plants alike.

 

How to Work with Poison Ivy Organically (Introductory)

Poison ivy is everywhere!  Is there a way to get rid of it without harmful chemicals?  Find out the who, what, and where of poison ivy.  We will cover the characteristics of poison ivy, how to prevent exposure to it, and how to control it organically.
Cathy Harragian: Orchardist & Professional Gardener, Bird in the Hand Farm.

 

On-Farm Organic Waste Disposal: Mortalities, Manure & Food Waste (Intermediate)

This workshop is to describe the basic structure and operation of a compost pile specifically for managing either a weekly waste or sporadic one time wastes. We will discuss the rules/laws around how you can utilize this compost to grow food.  Also we can discuss how composting fits into the global flow of fertility.
Andrew Brousseau: Compost Operations Manager, Black Earth Compost - Andrew runs the daily operations converting food scraps into compost.

 

19th Century Pears, A Ruling Passion (All Levels)

William Lewis was a farmer and pear orchardist in Barre, MA from 1861 to 1895.  Using his daily journals and account books, with primary source research from the orchard advice literature he consulted, we will explore the orchard wisdom of the era: design, nursery sources, planting, grafting, fruit sales and over 90 varieties documented in his pear journals.
Christie Higginbottom: Garden historian and educator, coordinated the historic horticulture program at Old Sturbridge Village for 20 years.

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