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

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Events

onions sprouting from sets
December 13, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Tangerini's Spring St Farm , Millis

NOFA Members: $12 / Non-members: $15

 

Tangerinis Spring Street Farm grows year-round crops in Millis, MA even offering a pick-your-own Deep Winter CSA for their dedicated members. One of the methods that the farm uses to keep their production moving through the seasons is over-wintered carrots. Steve Chiarizio will give a tour of the winter farming infrastructure and will give an overview of what the farm has learned so far in setting out to overwinter onions. He will then go into detail on his experience overwintering carrots for several years, including bed prep, variety, planting time, tunnel materials and equipment, spring maintenance and harvesting.

tomato hornworm parasitized by braconid wasps
December 15, 2018 - 9:30am to 4:30pm
Queset House, Ames Library , North Easton

NOFA Members: $65 / Non-members: $82

Registration includes a copy of the book Farming with Native Beneficial Insects ($25 value) and other publications from local organizations.

Conservation biological control is a science-based pest management strategy that seeks to integrate beneficial insects back into cropping systems for natural pest control. In this full-day course, participants will learn how to identify helpful insects in the field at various stages in their life cycles, and how to support species of beneficial insects that provide pest control. We will also touch on the impact of farm practices on beneficial insects, and how to assess and create farm habitat for beneficial insects.

December 18, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Online, Anywhere

Free

“Cover crop mixtures are an important way to improve soil health. However, cover crops become economically viable when we use them to increase nutrient cycling and reduce off-farm fertilizer inputs. How do we use cover crop mixtures to grow our own nitrogen? How do different cover crops provide nutrients to meet crop demands? This advanced cover cropping webinar will address using cover crop mixtures to increase nutrient cycling and the economical efficiency of cover cropping.

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

Variable

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.
Winter Kale at Ivory Silo Farm
March 11, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ivory Silo Farm, Westport

NOFA Members: $12 / Non-members: $15

 

Bill Braun and Dee Levanti grow in two unheated high tunnels in the winter, also utilizing two unheated low tunnels and a new heated, MDAR-funded propogation house for seedling production. In this 2-hour farm tour, Bill and Dee will share what they have learned about the most efficient and effective way to use their season extension structures within their operation. They will review their winter greens (primarily kale, chard, and cold-hardy asian greens) production strategy-- including timing and varieties for planting. The hoophouses are not used for aggressive summer production but rather are rested in summer to maximize winter production. Dee and Bill will also explain how they use their tunnels for seed breeding and saving to increase the self-reliance of their operation and the regional adaptability of their seed supply. Dee, who works for MDAR, will also give a brief overview of the grant program that funded their greenhouse for those who are interested in applying to expand their farm infrastructure.

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