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

healthy sheep
August 27, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Online Anywhere, MA

Free

Livestock can be a wonderful tool for both farm profitability and ecological health of the farm, if only managed correctly. Understanding the way animals behave, and thinking of our role as orchestrating their movement through a habitat is critical to maintain the health of the animals and of the land. Join this webinar to explore the key considerations for ruminants, pigs, and poultry and ways they can be ecologically managed on the farm.

A tour of Many Hands Organic Farm
September 1, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Many Hands Organic Farm
411 Sheldon Rd.
Barre, MA

NOFA Members: $35 / Non-members: $45*

Maximum photosynthesis leads to more food of better quality. The soil is phenomenal to work with and the farmers have more fun. Jack and Julie purchased their land in Barre in 1980 and built their house, barn and farm over the next 39 years. With an eye toward energy efficiency, stacking of enterprises and niches, raising as many different kinds of food – animal, vegetable, fruit, fungal – as possible, they have built Many Hands Organic Farm to maximize fertility, diversity of crops and people to work on it, and are now working with their son Dan to set up a multi-generational landscape.

September 5, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Flats Mentor Farm
326 Seven Bridge Rd (Rt 117)
Lancaster, MA

FREE EVENT- Registration requested- click the Brown Paper Tickets Link

 

September 7, 2019 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Black Dog Gardens
435 Main Rd
Monteray, MA

FREE EVENT- Registration requested- click the Brown Paper Tickets Link

 

Organic Cranberries
September 8, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Fresh Meadows Farm
39 North Main St
Carver, MA

NOFA Members: $35 / Non-members: $45

Massachusetts has a rich history of cranberry cultivation and organic cranberries are a niche crop with opportunities for direct sales of both fresh and frozen fruit. Come meet Dom Fernandes, of Fresh Meadows Farm, who has been growing certified organic cranberries for over 10 years. Learn about how they transitioned almost a third of their farm into organic production. Dom will lead a tour of one of Fresh Meadow Farms organic cranberry bogs and discuss the variety of cultivation techniques they use and the specific cultivars they find to work well in organic production. Following the tour, we convene in the sorting facility to learn about handling the crop after harvest. Dom will spend time elaborating and answering questions about his experiences transitioning from conventional to organic production and opportunities in the organic market.

September 16, 2019 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Chockalog Farm
710 Chocolog Rd
Uxbridge , MA

 

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: Register Online

 

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 want to 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.

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.

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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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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