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

Healthy Homestead
June 25, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Online Anywhere, MA

Free

Join Ben Falk as he talks about his family’s site in Vermont. The site is a terraced paradise on a hillside in Vermont that would otherwise be overlooked by conventional farmers as unworthy farmland. Falk’s wide array of fruit trees, rice paddies (relatively unheard of in the Northeast), ducks, nuts, and earth-inspired buildings is a hopeful image for the future of regenerative agriculture and modern homesteading.

Doug Wolcik No-Till Farmer
July 14, 2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Gaining Ground Farm
341 Virginia Rd.
Concord, MA

Lunch Fee: $15

Event Fee: NOFA Members: $15 / Non-members: $20

 

Have you been considering starting, or transitioning to, a no-till farm? Join us at Gaining Ground Farm in Concord, MA to learn small-scale, high-yield methods for crop production using methods that minimize soil disturbance and maximize soil health. Farm manager Doug Wolcik will lead an interactive field walk with observations and input from guest presenter Daniel Mays of Frith Farm in Scarborough, ME. Learn about Gaining Ground’s transition by viewing fields that have been no-till for 1 year, 2 years, and 3 years. A hands-on participatory planting demonstration of fall broccoli into a no-till managed cover crop of winter rye and crimson clover will give participants a sense of the soil texture and hand-planting methods that allow Gaining Ground Farm to operate efficiently without the use of tractor-mounted planting implements. Daniel Mays will then offer a presentation on his no-till farming systems. Stay for lunch and participate in a no-till farmer round table discussion about soil health practices.

Sharon Gensler
July 21, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Ancient Ponies Farm Shutesbury, MA

$30 pre-registration required @ https://whitepinehealingarts.org/farm/

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.

2019 Summer Conference Logo
August 9, 2019 - 4:00pm to August 11, 2019 - 4:00pm
Hampshire College Amherst, MA

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Nutrition Matters | Soil Health Builds Human Health

We are excited to host our 45th annual NOFA Summer Conference with keynote speaker Sandor Katz for a festive summer weekend August 9 -11, 2019 at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. Always a family friendly event, you can bring the whole family to enjoy workshops for adults, kids and teens, over 60 vendors, live music, games and amazing food!

healthy sheep
August 27, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Online Anywhere, MA

Free

Join Ben Falk as he talks about his family’s site in Vermont. The site is a terraced paradise on a hillside in Vermont that would otherwise be overlooked by conventional farmers as unworthy farmland. Falk’s wide array of fruit trees, rice paddies (relatively unheard of in the Northeast), ducks, nuts, and earth-inspired buildings is a hopeful image for the future of regenerative agriculture and modern homesteading.

A tour of Many Hands Organic Farm
September 1, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Many Hands Organic Farm
411 Sheldon Rd.
Barre, MA

NOFA Members: $35 / Non-members: $45*

Maximum photosynthesis leads to more food of better quality. The soil is phenomenal to work with and the farmers have more fun. Jack and Julie purchased their land in Barre in 1980 and built their house, barn and farm over the next 39 years. With an eye toward energy efficiency, stacking of enterprises and niches, raising as many different kinds of food – animal, vegetable, fruit, fungal – as possible, they have built Many Hands Organic Farm to maximize fertility, diversity of crops and people to work on it, and are now working with their son Dan to set up a multi-generational landscape.

Butterflies and Joe Pye Weed
September 22, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm
UMass Agricultural Learning Center
911 North Pleasant St.
Amherst, MA

NOFA Members: $40 / Non-members: $50

Are you looking to enhance your landscape with native species to attract birds, butterflies, and other pollinators? Join us for a native plant walk and wild seed collection with professional native plant propagator and landscape designer Adam Kohl. As we explore the grounds at and around the UMass Agricultural Learning Center we will identify and demonstrate seed collection from the following species: New York Ironweed, Joe Pye Weed, Bee Balm, Spicebush, Hazelnut, Mountain Mint, NJ Tea, Staghorn Sumac, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, False Solomon’s Seal, Jewelweed, and Maple-Leaf Viburnum.

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

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NOFA/Mass Winter Conference at Worcester State University
Save The Date! Saturday, January 11, 2020

 

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