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

February 26, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm
Berkshire Botanical Gardens Education Center, Stockbridge
NOFA Member - $15
General Public - $20
* Add $5 for walk in registration on day of event

Join NOFA/Mass and Berkshire Agricultural Ventures for this workshop spotlighting innovations in season extension and connect growers with appropriate grants, loans, and technical assistance providers in the Northeast. Topics include planning and installing a Climate Battery (an innovative heat transfer system) under a greenhouse, using renewable fuels to heat greenhouse benches via hot water cycling, and efficient and effective methods for constructing and moving caterpillar tunnels.  Participants will also receive an update from NRCS representatives on application process and status of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and other resources available to support farmers in extending the harvest season.  

Soil Testing
February 27, 2018 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Online, Anywhere

Free

At the heart of the organic movement is a continued effort to sustain and regenerate our natural resources.  In this webinar we'll discuss the role of soil testing for making informed fertility decisions on organic farms and gardens.  We'll review the role of soil mineralization and organic matter, including "ENR" (Estimated Nitrogen Release), as you develop a Nitrogen Budget for your fields this year.

March 3, 2018 - 9:00am to 1:00pm, March 10, 2018 - 9:00am to 1:00pm
Location: Montague Common Hall , Montague
NOFA Members: $40 per session or $70 for both
Non-Members $50 per session or $90 for both
Scholarships Available
*add $5 per session for walk-ins

In this two-part series, seasoned beekeeper Angela Röell will provide a strong grounding in organic beekeeping. From bee anatomy, social structure and nutritional needs to hive equipment and annual tasks, participants will learn everything they need to know to integrate honeybees into their homesteads or farms. Participants may attend one or both sessions.

March 3, 2018 - 9:00am to 1:00pm, March 10, 2018 - 9:00am to 1:00pm
Location: Montague Common Hall , Montague
NOFA Members: $40 per session or $70 for both
Non-Members $50 per session or $90 for both
Scholarships Available
*add $5 per session for walk-ins

In this two-part series, seasoned beekeeper Angela Röell will provide a strong grounding in organic beekeeping. From bee anatomy, social structure and nutritional needs to hive equipment and annual tasks, participants will learn everything they need to know to integrate honeybees into their homesteads or farms. Participants may attend one or both sessions.

April 21, 2018 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Sportsman Tennis Club Farm Site, Dorchester

NOFA Member - $72.00
General Public - $90.00

The Urban Farming Institute and NOFA/Mass are co-hosting this workshop exploring how the right combination of biological and regenerative farming approaches can steadily improve your crop quality - especially in urban and small garden settings. 

August 10, 2018 (All day) to August 12, 2018 (All day)
Hampshire College, Amherst

Join us to build upon this interconnectedness – from microbial to human communities

2018 Keynoters: Rowen White and Eric Holt Gimenez

The Northeast Organic Farming Association’s Summer Conference is the community learning hub of the NOFA universe. We learn, we play, and we enjoy a weekend of skill building, inspiration and entertainment. It is our opportunity to get together and inspire one another during a family friendly weekend with people living the same lifestyle, holding the same vision and working respectively in many ways toward the same goals.

More Info at www.nofasummerconference.org

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