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

Northeast

May 3, 2020 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Cedar Rock Gardens, Lanesborough

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

COVID-19 update: We are cautiously optimistic that we will be ready to host group events by the first week in May.  Cedar Rock Gardens is a beautiful location with plenty of space for physical distancing practices if necessary. Attendance will be limited based on current state recommendations.

Join us at Cedar Rock Gardens, a vegetable farm and seedling nursery open to the public in Gloucester, to learn from Elise and Tucker Smith about how they are helping pollinators flourish on their farm,we will: tour the farm and see how they provide a variety of habitats for beneficial insects, learn about perennial plants for cut flowers, discuss the value of intercropping and which crops they are planting together and learn more about low-till and no-till farming practices.

May 31, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Lillooet Farm, Boxford

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

Join us at Lillooet Farm to learn how they are using rotational grazing to enhance their pastures and provide their sheep with healthy forage while minimizing inputs and improving soil health. During this event attendees will walk the pastures with Nathaniel and other members of the Lillooet team, and along the way will: discuss their grazing plan, fencing systems and ways to save labor, speak about choosing livestock that fits the farm and maintaining a healthy flock, learn about the benefits to soil and biodiversity and how they are measuring the results of their regenerative farming practices. We will conclude with a tour through the main barn and view the dairy facility for a discussion session with Erin Bligh about: milking and storage systems, effects of forage and feed on the quality of cheese, creamery procedures and aging techniques.

Lillooet Farm is comprised of 100 acres of fields and forest in the town of Boxford, Massachusetts. The land has been used for homesteading and farming since 1688. Owners Gillian Marino and Nathaniel Higley have been working for four years to reclaim pastures that had been left fallow for 80 years. They raise sheep year-round in order to provide wool and meat for their farm store, local restaurants, and community.

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