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Are you working on a small to medium scale vegetable farm and interested in the tools you can use to minimize tillage and transition to no-till?  Join us at Long Life Farm to learn from farmers Laura Davis and Donald Sutherland. Discuss the practices and tools being used on their farm and the effect they’ve had on the health of their soil over the past 4 years.  During this event we will: 

  • Discuss the practices being used for bed preparation, succession planting, mulching and cover cropping. 
  • View the BCS walk behind tractor and implements being used to manage raise beds. 
  • Learn several methods to assess soil health onsite with simple and inexpensive tools. 

Long Life Farm started in 2011 on a quarter acre and has grown to operate on a little over two acres of leased land. Their produce supplies a 90 member CSA and is sold at the Ashland and Hopkinton Farmers MarketsLong Life Farm has always used organic farming techniques and has been certified organic since 2013Long Life Farm strives to grow nutrient-dense food that bursts with flavor by utilizing organic, biological and mineral balanced farming techniques. The name “Long Life Farm symbolizes the goal of a longer, healthier life for the land, the farmer, the family and the community. 

Capacity for this event is limited to 25 people. Please remember to abide by current MA state guidelines for group gatherings and travel to minimize COVID-19 transmission. Register ahead of time to secure your space! 

This event supported by an Agricultural Soil Health grant from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDARin partnership with American Farmland Trust. 


Laura Davis and Donald Sutherland operate Long Life Farm in Hopkinton, MA. Laura serves as the president of the NOFA/Mass Board of Directors and serves as a technical advisor for NOFA/Mass assisting growers with their soil amendment needs and with organic certification consultation. 

Caro Roszell is the former NOFA/Mass Education Director and Soil Health Projects Manager and is now a Soil Health Specialist with American Farmland Trust. She is currently completing her training to become a Technical Service Provider for Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Soil Testing (216) and Soil Health Management (116). 


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There are no on site bathroom facilities. Portions of our farm tour will cover uneven and steep terrain. We will be outside, standing and walking for the duration of the event. We want to make sure your accessibility needs are met during the event. Please share with us your needs regarding (but not limited to): physical accessibility, allergies, noise, scent, gender, intellectual accessibility, and any instructions or tips to help you fully participate. 

Questions? Contact Doug Cook, Education Events Coordinator, at Doug@nofamass.org or 603-969-8195 

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