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 by Location

Metro Boston

November 2, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Ware Grange, Ware

Free and open to all

Maintaining living plant cover is one of the essential practices of building soil health. This workshop provides practical guidance on using cover crops in a small-scale, non-mechanized, no-till context to improve soil health both for growing more nutritious food and for sequestering atmospheric carbon into the soil.

November 4, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
Lexington High School, Lexington

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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Central

January 12, 2019 (All day)
Worcester State University, Worcester

Variable

Plant nutrition, personal health and soil restoration take a front seat at this year’s annual NOFA/Mass Winter Conference as we explore the theme Food As Medicine on January 12, 2019. We will dig deep knowledge and experience of the amazing community of NOFA farmers, gardeners, foodies and health practitioners with three all-day intensives, 60+ workshops and 70 experienced and knowledgeable exhibitors. This year’s Winter Conference unifies our community with connection and camaraderie, carrying on the tradition of sharing experience, enthusiasm and passion for good food, good soil and good health.

Pioneer Valley

November 19, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:30pm
Hampshire Red Barn Center, Amherst

NOFA Members: $75 / Non-members: $95 

Scholarships available (see below). Priority given to beginning farmers and students in farming programs at UMass, Hampshire, and other local colleges.

The knowledge of agricultural hemp production, once a common and lucrative crop in Massachusetts, has skipped over more than a generation of farmers. For the past 81 years it was illegal to grow, leading to the loss of local strains of crop genetics, regionalized cultural practices, and an interruption in the handing down of crop knowledge from parent to child and farmer to apprentice. With a new Massachusetts policy authorizing the commercial production of sun-grown agricultural hemp in the state, local farmers are interested in integrating agricultural hemp into their farm businesses.

This is why NOFA/Mass is presenting a full-day intensive workshop on growing agricultural hemp in the Northeast. The focus of this particular workshop is growing a hemp crop through flower into the seed phase for farmers wishing to produce an oil, seed or grain crop. We will cover genetics, soil preparation, fertility needs, pest and disease management, harvesting and extracting CBD oil on the farm with an eye to what the proper harvest windows and crop quality should be for a legal, marketable product.

Southeast, Cape Cod & Islands

November 10, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ivory Silo Farm, Westport

NOFA Members: $75 / Non-members: $95 

Scholarships available (see below). Priority given to beginning farmers and students in farming programs at UMass, Hampshire, and other local colleges.

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.

Online

October 30, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Online, Anywhere

Free

Composting is the biological breakdown of material from plants and animals conducted by a vast variety of microbes that returns nutrients to the soil to be taken up by new plant life. Compost is a nutrient dense soil amendment that is also an organic fertilizer.Properly processed compost results in a great soil without producing odor along the way by using aeration, material balancing, moisture control, particle size, temperature control, and proper volume.

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