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

The Integrated Farm

September 10, 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Many Hands Organic Farm
411 Sheldon Rd.
Barre, MA

NOFA Member - $50
General Public - $75
*add $5 for walk-ins


An integrated farm functions like a healthy ecosystem: each element is in relationship with all other elements in the system. Animals provide manure for crops and pastures, woodlands provide timber, mushrooms, and habitat, orchards provide food for humans, bees, and livestock, and humans keep this intricate cycle of fertility and fecundity running smoothly.

At Many Hands Organic Farm Jack Kittredge, Julie Rawson and their colleagues have been working for several decades to create and fine-tune such an ecologically complex system. During this workshop, Jack and Julie will explain and show the systems and interconnections among their various farm enterprises, which include vegetables, tree and berry fruits, pigs, beef cattle, pastured chickens and turkeys, bees, and mushrooms.

They will detail their latest innovations in their no-till system including use of cocktail cover crops and wood chips.  Failures and successes will be discussed. Jack will also explain how they built their passive solar home, root cellar, and greenhouse.

An essential component of this workshop will be an understanding of how to utilize all the resources available on the farm and the greater community to generate maximal fertility and food quality. From using forest soils to inoculate compost, to using free carbon-rich materials to support soil biology, Many Hands thrives from resources that are often underutilized. They will also discuss their many years of employing previously incarcerated and recovering substance abusers on the farm.

About the Instructors:

Julie Rawson and Jack Kittredge built their home in 1982 with the help of their four children, all under five years of age, and many friends. They have been certified organic at Many Hands Organic Farm since 1987 and are presently both heavily involved in educating about and experimenting with carbon sequestering practices on the farm. They both work for NOFA/Mass - Julie as the Executive Director and Jack as the Carbon Analyst and editor of NOFA’s The Natural Farmer.

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Limited scholarships are available for beginning farmers (those growing 10 or less years) who are active NOFA/Mass members. To apply please click here.  

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