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

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October 20, 2018 - 1:00pm to 8:00pm
Friends Academy , Dartmouth

Workshop: NOFA Members: $45 / Non-Members: $56*

Food Tasting & Film: $10


Join Stephen Walach at the Friends Academy school garden for a workshop on getting the most out of your vegetable garden. For the past three years the Friends Academy Garden has averaged more than 7,000 lbs of produce on 1/11th of an acre. Most of the food is donated to local food pantries. Steve will present his approach to achieving high yields in small spaces, including triple cropping, crop spacing, fertility approaches, and crop rotations. Particular focus will be given to garden-scale season extension methods that allow the garden to keep going into the frosty days, even without expensive infrastructure. Participants will have a chance to tour the garden and participate in setting up simple low tunnels.

October 30, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Online, Anywhere

Free

Composting is the biological breakdown of material from plants and animals conducted by a vast variety of microbes that returns nutrients to the soil to be taken up by new plant life. Compost is a nutrient dense soil amendment that is also an organic fertilizer.Properly processed compost results in a great soil without producing odor along the way by using aeration, material balancing, moisture control, particle size, temperature control, and proper volume.

Sharon Gensler
November 2, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Ware Grange, Ware

Free and open to all

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.

NOFA/Mass Runners
November 4, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
Lexington High School, Lexington

Fundraiser

We invite you to be part of a healthy and vibrant future in our state and beyond. As consumers and growers, together we can create landscapes that feed our communities and restore our environment.

JOIN the NOFA/Mass Team OR SPONSOR a member of the NOFA/Mass Team.

Dr. Heather Darby, inspecting a hemp crop ready for harvest at the UVM research field.
November 19, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:30pm
Hampshire Red Barn Center, Amherst

NOFA Members: $75 / Non-members: $95 

Scholarships available (see below). Priority given to beginning farmers and students in farming programs at UMass, Hampshire, and other local colleges.

The knowledge of agricultural hemp production, once a common and lucrative crop in Massachusetts, has skipped over more than a generation of farmers. For the past 81 years it was illegal to grow, leading to the loss of local strains of crop genetics, regionalized cultural practices, and an interruption in the handing down of crop knowledge from parent to child and farmer to apprentice. With a new Massachusetts policy authorizing the commercial production of sun-grown agricultural hemp in the state, local farmers are interested in integrating agricultural hemp into their farm businesses.

This is why NOFA/Mass is presenting a full-day intensive workshop on growing agricultural hemp in the Northeast. The focus of this particular workshop is growing a hemp crop through flower into the seed phase for farmers wishing to produce an oil, seed or grain crop. We will cover genetics, soil preparation, fertility needs, pest and disease management, harvesting and extracting CBD oil on the farm with an eye to what the proper harvest windows and crop quality should be for a legal, marketable product.

2019 Winter Conference Logo
January 12, 2019 (All day)
Worcester State University, Worcester

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Plant nutrition, personal health and soil restoration take a front seat at this year’s annual NOFA/Mass Winter Conference as we explore the theme Food As Medicine on January 12, 2019. We will dig deep knowledge and experience of the amazing community of NOFA farmers, gardeners, foodies and health practitioners with three all-day intensives, 60+ workshops and 70 experienced and knowledgeable exhibitors. This year’s Winter Conference unifies our community with connection and camaraderie, carrying on the tradition of sharing experience, enthusiasm and passion for good food, good soil and good health.

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