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

Cow eating haylage
July 9, 2020 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Online Anywhere, MA

NOFA Members: $12/ Non-members: $15 (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 answer questions 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 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, MA

$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.

Hand Pollinate Squash
July 28, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Online Anywhere, MA

Free

Whether you want to save seeds, develop new varieties, or simply increase your fruit yield in wet seasons or where there are few pollinators, knowing how to pollinate your squash by hand is a valuable skill to have. Come learn the techniques and get the checklist to get started!  

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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