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

October 1, 2020 (All day) to October 31, 2020 (All day)
Online Everywhere, MA

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Spinach Thriving in a High Tunnel
October 13, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Online Anywhere, MA

NOFA Members: $12/ Non-members: $15 (Scholarship Available)

Join us for a virtual tour of Red Shirt Farm in Lanesboro, MA to learn from farm manager Jim Schultz and guest presenter Dan Kittredge of the Bionutrient Food Association to learn how their no-till farming practices are improving soil health and the nutritional density of their produce.  We will have video clips of Red Shirt Farm that show Jim discussing certain aspects of the farm, including: BCS tillage reduction equipment set up and systems,  Johnson-Su Bioreactor, and permanent bed systems.  Jim will give a demonstration of his BCS-powered transferred mulch system, including mower, rake and mini-baler. This system is used to convert cover crops to mulch that can be used elsewhere on the farm. Dan will talk about the results of the Real Food Campaign work so far and how they are collecting data to link the value of healthy soils and nutritious food to overall human health. Dan will share his insight into how management practices affect nutrient density in crops. We will show how the Bionutrient Meter can be used in the field to assess the crops in real time.

October 18, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Freedom Food Farm
471 Leonard St.
Raynham, MA

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

Join us at Freedom Food Farm in Raynham, MA to learn from farm manager Chuck Currie and guest presenter Julie Fine, from Johnnys Seeds, about cover crops and cover crop strategies for no-till farms. Chuck will give us a tour of his farm where he uses holistic and biodynamic farming principles to raise livestock, grow grain and vegetables for their CSA and farmers market.  Julie and Chuck will discuss various cover crops and methods to get the most benefit for a variety of conditions and crops. Chuck will then demonstrate how they plant their garlic into a live cover crop of oats and field peas.

We will close out the day by teaching you a few soil health assessment techniques you can use on your farm to track how your management practices are impacting soil biology, structure, root vigor and more. 

January 9, 2021 (All day)
Worcester , MA

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At this year’s 34th NOFA/Mass Winter Conference, happening virtually, we will address the theme Feeding The Commonwealth and inspire you to create, discover and rely upon your local community’s food producers and build the vision of a Massachusetts that collectively becomes more resilient and secure in its local capacity to feed everyone. Registration opens October 15th. 

Several tools for grafting nut trees including bypass pruners, grafting knife, tree labels, scions and nut (seed)
March 28, 2021 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Big River Chestnuts
195 River Road
Sunderland, MA

NOFA Members: $60/ Non-members: $75 (Scholarship Available)

Join NOFA/Mass at Big River Chestnuts in Sunderland, MA with Buzz Ferver from Perfect Circle Farm for a nutty day focused on how to propagate nut trees (and more) for your farm and homestead. Spend the morning learning everything about starting nuts and woody fruit from seed and the afternoon discussing clonal propagation and practicing some grafting techniques. At the end of the day Jono Neiger will give us a tour of his farm where, since 2018, he has developed a diversified agroforestry system with blight-resistant chinese chestnuts, heartnuts, elderberries, aronia, and other crops. 

Fermenting Fruit Juice
April 11, 2021 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Aurora Farms
17 Willard Ave
Rehoboth, MA

NOFA Members: $95/ Non-members: $120 (Scholarship Available)

Ready to learn more about Korean Natural Farming amendments and start making your own?  Join us as we learn from Benjamin Morgan-Dillon how to use locally-sourced plants and fruits to create amendments and supplements that are tailored to our geographic environment. Korean Natural Farming retrains our focus from looking at what the plant needs now to anticipating what the plant is going to need in the coming weeks. Learn how to harvest plants from the farm and learn to look for indicators of plant health, capture indigenous bacteria, fungi, and microarthropods, culture beneficial microorganisms, practice making amendments and use them to enhance your plants.

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