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

Berkshires

May 17, 2020 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Sky View Farm, Sheffield

NOFA Members: $25/ Non-members: $35 (Scholarship Available)

Are you looking to improve your pasture management and learn more about rotational grazing?  Join us at Sky View Farm for a tour and discussion of how rotational grazing provides their livestock with healthy forage while minimizing inputs and improving soil health. Rotational grazing is a system that mimics the ecology of natural grasslands. By rotating densely stocked herds through fenced-off portions of your pastures, your cattle will eat a variety of forage, gain more weight faster, and sequester considerable amounts of carbon in the soil. During this event attendees will walk the pastures with Will and Amelia, and along the way we will stop for discussion of fencing systems, stocking density, and grazing plans.  We will conclude with a visit to the recently-added small-scale dairy.

June 8, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Square Roots Farm, Lanesborough

NOFA Members: $25/ Non-members: $35 (Scholarship Available)

Join us at Square Roots Farm for a tour and discussion of how they apply rotational high density grazing to provide their livestock with healthy forage, minimize inputs, and improve soil health. By rotating dense herds through temporary paddocks within a pasture, livestock will eat a variety of forage, are more robust, and can sequester considerable amounts of carbon in the soil. Square Roots Farm comprises about 185 acres of hilly fields and forest in Lanesborough, Massachusetts. They raise 1000 laying hens, 4000 meat birds, 30 cattle , 12-24 pigs, turkeys and a diversity of vegetables for their CSA customers and market. Michael will lead our tour through his farm and we will, learn about the fencing and shelters they use to keep their flocks and herds moving over the landscape, grazing density and practices. Our guest Connor Stedman will explain the principles and practices of further developing pastures into silvopasture systems through functional tree planting here in New England.  Then we will use Square Roots Farm to provide context in a discussion about specific practices and tree species that can add additional value to a diversified grazing system.

June 15, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Cricket Creek Dairy, Williamstown

NOFA Members: $25/ Non-members: $35 (Scholarship Available)

Cricket Creek Farm is a small grass-based cow dairy producing a variety of products including raw-milk, grass-fed meat and seven varieties of artisanal farmstead cheeses.  They use high density groups of cows rotated through temporary paddocks within their pastures, allowing for the most efficient use of available forage and maximizing the benefit to livestock and soil. Topher Sabot, Owner and Manager, will lead our tour of the farm to learn about how they use a combination of high-tech and low-tech fencing to to manage the cows and maximize efficiency. We will discuss grazing density and practices that provide superior nourishment for the animals while building nutrient rich and microbially diverse soil.  We will have the opportunity to see their dairy facilities and barns to have a conversation about the fine points of producing dairy on a primarily grass-fed system.

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