No-Till Tools for Small Scale Farmers

Long Life Farm 11 East St., Upton

Are you working on a small to medium scale vegetable farm and interested in the tools you can use to minimize tillage and transition to no-till?  Join us at Long Life Farm to learn from farmers Laura Davis and Donald Sutherland. Discuss the practices and tools being used on their farm and the effect they’ve had on the health of their soil over the past 4 years.

By Donation

Seeds of Change with Kannan Thiruvengadam / Hosted by: CLIMATE ACTION NOW, Western Massachusetts Regenerative Farming, Forests, and Food Systems Working Group


Kannan will present some of his work and discuss how to engage communities and solve problems together. This interactive session will be an opportunity to explore together how to identify opportunities in our own communities to integrate natural systems and biodiversity using just and inclusive practices to move our communities towards climate justice.

Tools for Transitioning to No-Till Vegetable Production

Simple Gifts Farm 1089 North Pleasant St., North Amherst

Are you working on a medium- to large-scale farm and interested in the tools you can use to minimize tillage and transition to no-till?  Join us at Simple Gifts Farm to learn from farm managers Jeremy Barker Plotkin and Dave Tepfen. Discuss the practices and tools they have tried, and continue to use, since moving towards no-till production over the past two years. 


Monthly Min Till Farmers Call


Take some time to chat with fellow farmers and farm advisors about tillage reduction and soil health in an open, roundtable environment. The Monthly Min-Till Farmer Call will be the first Monday of each month. No pre-registration required, this will be a free-form space with minimal moderation & with the goal of farmers being able to pose questions to each other and share resources, suggestions, and ideas about tillage reduction.


Join soil specialist Jeff Tkach of the Rodale Institute, Jessica O'Neill, Executive Director of Just Roots, and Seattle-based Eco-Dietitian Mary Purdy to explore the importance of soil health, the necessity of equal access to land, and advocating for the right to grow one's own food.

Protecting Massachusetts Forests in a Time of Climate Emergency


Our Forest Speakers Series, a collaboration of Climate Action Now and Save Massachusetts Forests, continues: Rich is a resident of Wantastegok (Brattleboro, VT) and an independent historic and cultural researcher. He has served on the Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs and is a public liaison and Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Elnu Abenaki, members of the contemporary Indigenous community. Rich is founder and director of the Atowi Project, an Elnu community initiative to affirm Native relationships to the Land and its inhabitants, raise Indigenous voices, and foster inclusion with understanding. His work draws upon indigenous history, linguistics, geography, and culture to share beneficial ways of seeing and being in relationship with place.

Documenting the Early History of Black Lives in the Connecticut River Valley


Participants will be invited to talk with noted historians whose research works to recover histories of enslavement and freedom the the Valley, and to hear from researchers who have developed expertise in recovering those histories. A keynote address from Dr. Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Professor of Anthropology and Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Center at UMass Amherst, will underscore the urgency of understanding and interpreting these stories in our local communities.