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, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Online, Anywhere

Free

For most of civilization - until the last 100 years or so - farmer and plant breeder were the same thing. If we are to ensure true food security and fortify a resilient agriculture, we must do it from the ground up. That means restoring the farmer's role as participant in our co-evolution with food and medicinal plants, rather than mere recipient. It is no longer appropriate to simply outsource this responsibility to 'the experts'; we must work together to tackle climate disruption and its implications for our foodshed

March 10, 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Republican Masonic Lodge, Greenfield

NOFA Members: $80 / Non-members: $100*

This one-day advanced seminar will show how small-scale organic farming practices can be used to make a profitable livelihood throughout the year. Learn about efficient farm systems, innovative techniques of growing and crop storage for extending the season for profit, winter greens production in tunnels, intuitive methods for tracking farm productivity, and marketing techniques for success.

handmade shoes
March 23, 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Farm Shoes Handmade , Shutesbury

$65 + materials fee* NOFA/Mass Members / $78 + materials fee* General Public

*$50 material fee due at the workshop

*This event is sold out. We are currently considering dates for a fall class; please check back for details.*

Come learn how to make your own shoes from raw materials in a bright, sunny, solar- powered home & farm! Each participant will learn to make a pair of beautiful leather "barefoot" or "minimalist" sneakers, from start (tracing our feet) to finish (wearing them home). Choose your color (or color combination), personalize your shoes, meet new people and unplug in a creative and relaxed environment.

Winter Kale at Ivory Silo Farm
March 25, 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.

compost bin
March 26, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Online, Anywhere

Free

You’ve heard of compost, but what about humic acids, hyphae, and boron? We are going to "dig" deeper and explore: the unique benefit of compost over chemical/mineralized fertilizers, how it introduces biology (making nutrients more available), and promotes the symbiotic relationship of microbes and root systems. Compost lab results will be reviewed to show what nutrients are provided beyond organic matter, and how this translates into lb/acre (& oz/sqft) recommendations.

April 28, 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Bay Area Neighborhood Resident Resource Center, Springfield

NOFA Members: $80 / Non-members: $100

Over the course of this full-day seminar, Angela will provide an overview of the anatomy, physiology, and social structure of honeybees and their hives. Participants will learn about the tasks and activities of an organic beekeeper's year and with consideration for honeybee nutritional needs — reflect on how to plan for bringing bees into their lives. Angela will review the various types, components, and appropriate equipment for different styles of hive honeybee hives and provide guidance on non-toxic approaches to mite prevention and treatment. Participants in will be guided through the process of designing and creating an action plan for their scale and circumstance. Everyone will leave this workshop with a deeper understanding of honeybees, the annual cycle of healthy hive care, and a vision of what beekeeping would look like integrated into their own daily life.

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