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

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Central

January 10, 2020 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Worcester State University, Worcester

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There is a rising tide of awareness of the risks of glyphosate to human and ecosystem health. With insect and bird populations on the decline, and cancer on the rise (including, alarmingly, cases of childhood cancer) it is imperative that we prioritize actions and policies that make public lands safer for our most vulnerable members of our human and ecological community. Because our federal agencies have failed to protect us from the risks of systemic toxic chemicals, community members must stand up and organize, town by town, to kick out glyphosate and create safe public spaces. 

January 11, 2020 (All day)
Worcester State University, Worcester

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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. 

Pioneer Valley

December 10, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Franklin County Technical School, Turners Falls

NOFA Members: $35/ Non-members: $45 (Full Scholarship Available)

Ghee (clarified butter) is a high heat, lactose-free cooking oil used for centuries to relieve digestive disorders, calm the nervous system, and promote overall vitality. Join NOFA/Mass for this hands on experience with our guide Hannah Jacobson-Hardy, founder of Full Moon Ghee. Hannah is a proponent for keeping healthy fats in our diets.  She explains, They are good for the brain and large intestine. They lubricate the joints. Ghee is cooling in the body and can help to heal heat conditions like ulcers and colitis. Good fats also help you absorb nutrients. We have a lot more cows than coconuts here, therefore ghee can be our local cooking oil of New England. After we transform butter into ghee, we'll take it one step further by infusing it with herbs and spices to make herbal ghee. Handouts, recipes, and taste tests provided! Each participant takes home a jar of what we make in class. Check out this great profile and recipe from Hannah Jacobson-Hardy in NOFA/Mass' Organic Food Guide.

January 6, 2020 (All day) to January 9, 2020 (All day)
Hampshire College, Amherst

$600

This 30-hour, 4-day course for land care professionals, master gardeners, and garden educators provides a complete grounding in the principles and practices of creating and maintaining naturally beautiful organic landscapes. 

Over the course of four days, attendees will gain detailed knowledge on ecological soil health, organic fertilizers, mulching, natural pest control, site analysis, organic turfgrass management and lawn alternatives, stormwater management, marketing to the organic marketplace, and more.  

The curriculum is based on NOFA’s internationally-recognized Standards for Land Care: Practices for Design and Maintenance of Ecological Landscapes.These Standards, first published in 2001 and revised semi- annually, extend the vision and practices of organic agriculture to the care of landscapes where we live, work, and play. 

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