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

Butterflies and Joe Pye Weed
September 22, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm
UMass Agricultural Learning Center
911 North Pleasant St.
Amherst, MA

NOFA Members: $40 / Non-members: $50

Are you looking to enhance your landscape with native species to attract birds, butterflies, and other pollinators? Join us for a native plant walk and wild seed collection with professional native plant propagator and landscape designer Adam Kohl. As we explore the grounds at and around the UMass Agricultural Learning Center we will identify and demonstrate seed collection from the following species: New York Ironweed, Joe Pye Weed, Bee Balm, Spicebush, Hazelnut, Mountain Mint, NJ Tea, Staghorn Sumac, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, False Solomon’s Seal, Jewelweed, and Maple-Leaf Viburnum.

healthy soil
September 23, 2019 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Urban Farming Institute Fowler Clark Epstein Farm
487 Norfolk St
Mattapan, MA

FREE EVENT- Registration requested: Email caro@nofamass.org to sign up

Whats Going On Down There? Soil Health & Fertility Assessment for Growers at Urban Farming Institute In this free on-site workshop, NOFA/Mass Soil Technical Assistance Advisors Laura Davis and Caro Roszell will review and interpret soil tests results for the Urban Farming Institute (UFI). You are invited to join us, learn about the practices that produced the soil were analyzing, and learn how to take and interpret soil tests for both fertility and soil health.

No-Till Farm
September 30, 2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Red Shirt Farm
60 Williamstown Road
Lanesborough, MA

NOFA Members: $25 / Non-members: $30*

Are you inspired to learn more about no-till farming and see for yourself the tools and methods being used to build soil and grow vegetables? Join us at Red Shirt Farm in Lanesboro, MA to learn from farm manager Jim Shultz and guest presenter Bryan O’Hara of Tobacco Road Farm in Lebanon, CT. These two farmers both run well-organized, profitable and small-scale vegetable production systems, but diverge on the level of mechanization they employ. Together they will present a range of options for equipment and mechanization on the small-scale farm. You can engage with them during an interactive field walk and discussion of their farm systems. Topics of discussion will include: climate battery greenhouse, Johnson-Su Bioreactor, permanent bed systems, primary tools and cover cropping. Jim will give a demonstration of his BCS 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.

Feeding Your Microbiome
October 3, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Natick Community Organic Farm
117 Eliot St.
Natick, MA

NOFA Members: $24/ Non-members: $30 (Full Scholarship Available)

Your digestive tract contains billions of helpful gut bacteria, but how does our gut microbiome affect our health? We need to care for our gut microbiome as we would any ecosystem, by encouraging the growth of the beneficial species and discouraging the growth of pathogenic or unhealthy species. In this interactive workshop, author Heather Anne Wise will explain the latest science on the gut microbiome, what kinds of challenges it faces from the impacts of our diet and environment, as well as ways to rebuild and enhance internal biodiversity for optimum health.

Butterfly on Joe Pye Weed
October 13, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm
Mass Audubon's Ipswich River Wildlife Sancturary
87 Perkins Row
Topsfield, MA

NOFA Members: $40 / Non-members: $50

Are you looking to enhance your landscape with native species to attract birds, butterflies, and other pollinators? Join us for a native plant walk and wild seed collection with professional native plant propagator and landscape designer Adam Kohl.  As we explore Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary we will identify and demonstrate seed collection from over a dozen native species that provide habitats for beneficial insects, pollinators and birds. This may include species of: New York Ironweed, Joe Pye Weed, Bee Balm, Spicebush, Hazelnut, Mountain Mint, NJ Tea, Staghorn Sumac, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, False Solomon’s Seal, Jewelweed, and Maple-Leaf Viburnum.

October 18, 2019 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
ReVision Urban Farm
38 Fabyan St
Boston, MA

FREE EVENT- Registration requested: Register Online

Whats Going On Down There? Soil Health & Fertility Assessment for Growers at Urban Farming Institute In this free on-site workshop, NOFA/Mass Soil Technical Assistance Advisors Laura Davis and Jane Hammer will review and interpret soil tests results for the ReVision Urban Farm. You are invited to join us, learn about the practices that produced the soil were analyzing, and learn how to take and interpret soil tests for both fertility and soil health.

Dr. Heather Darby, inspecting a hemp crop ready for harvest at the UVM research field.  Image by Monica Donovan for Heady Vermont. Big thanks to Heady Vermont for the use of this image! Read their great article on the UVM Hemp Research Project at headyvermont.com/high-hopes-for-hemp-at-the-university-of-vermont/cannabis
October 19, 2019 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Eastfield Mall
1655 Boston Road
Springfield, MA

NOFA Members: $65 / Non-members: $90*

Hemp production is on the rise nationally, as is demand for locally sourced hemp-based products. With that in mind, Massachusetts farmers are diversifying their crop plans. Come learn how hemp fits into your farm. With its broad range of uses, hemp has tremendous potential for cultivation on a large scale as well as for home remedies and value added products. Join NOFA/Mass for this full-day intensive seminar to hear Dr. Heather Darby, lead agronomist on the UVM Industrial Hemp Research Program, present on hemp agronomy, strain genetics, transplant care, soil preparation, fertility needs, pest and disease management, and large scale production techniques. Keith Morris, of Willow Crossing Farm in VT, will focus on how to diversify with hemp and grow for CBD production. He will cover extracting CBD oil on the farm, proper harvest windows and ways to craft a high-quality finished product. Sarah Grubin, MDAR, will provide a thorough overview of the regulations around hemp production in Massachusetts including what farmers need to know to prepare their farms to grow this crop. Stay for a conversation with Marty Dagoberto, NOFA/Mass Policy Director, and other local activists about current advocacy to improve the hemp laws and regulations in Massachusetts and ways to take action.

October 29, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Online Anywhere, MA

Free

Jim Schultz and his wife, Annie, own and operate Red Shirt Farm, a diversified, regenerative, no-till farm in western Massachusetts. They employ a wide range of regenerative techniques to grow vegetables, a small orchard, and pastured heritage chickens, turkeys, and pigs. Jim will discuss the critical importance of regenerative growing practices to address environmental challenges and mitigate our climate crisis and then provide specific techniques that can be implemented by small farmers, homesteaders and backyard gardeners. Jim will also touch on his Climate Battery, an innovative method for heating a high tunnel without the use of fossil fuels.

November 3, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
Lexington High School
251 Waltham Street
Lexington, MA

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.

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Handmade Boots
November 9, 2019 - 9:00am to 6:00pm
Montague Common Hall
34 Main Street
Montague, MA

NOFA Members: $90 / Non-members: $125*

Materials Fee: $65 CASH

Come learn how to make your own short boots from start to finish. Each participant will craft a pair of custom sized leather minimalist style ankle boots. These flat soled boots have no arch support, are very flexible like many barefoot shoes and are great for your next adventure. Our instructor Sarah Shields, will instruct us on the proper use of some simple hand tools during the process of making ‘Farm Shoes’; she says anyone can do it with a little strength (for punching holes) and patience (sewing).  Participants can choose their leather from the available materials, cut their own custom patterns, meet new people and unplug in a creative and relaxed environment. At the end of the day attendees leave with a custom pair handmade leather boots, suggestions for further sourcing of tools and materials, a template for the boots, and the skills to make more.

Carey Gillam
January 11, 2020 (All day)
Worcester State University Worcester , MA

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We at NOFA/Mass are thrilled to announce that our 2020 Winter Conference Keynote Presenter will be the award-winning journalist Carey Gillam! 

Gillam is a former senior correspondent for Reuter’s international news service and veteran journalist with over 25 years of experience covering American corporations and agribusiness. She specializes in biotech, pesticide development, and the environmental impacts of food production in the United States. Her articles appear regularly in The Guardian, the Huffington Post, Environmental Health News and the US Right to Know. 

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