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Soil Health Field Day at Freedom Food Farm

Garlic Harvest at Freedom Food Farm
October 18, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Freedom Food Farm
471 Leonard St.
Raynham, MA
Cost:

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

 

 

 

 

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Join us at Freedom Food Farm in Raynham, MA to learn from farm manager Chuck Currie and guest presenter Julie Fine, from Johnny's Seeds, about cover crops and cover crop strategies for no-till farms. Chuck will give us a tour of his farm where he uses holistic and biodynamic farming principles to raise livestock, grow grain and vegetables for their CSA and farmers market. Chuck will also give a demonstration of how they plant their garlic into a live cover crop of oats and field peas. Julie and Chuck will discuss various cover crops and methods to get the most benefit for a variety of conditions and crops.

We will close out the day by teaching you a few soil health assessment techniques you can use on your farm to track how your management practices are impacting soil biology, structure, root vigor and more. 

Freedom Food Farm is a certified organic farm on 88 acres in Raynham, MA, they started in 2012 and focus on growing a sustainable, full-diet year-round for their community. The farm is operated by a small team of dedicated farmers that grow and produce food year-round.

The NOFA Conservation Innovation Grant Project, funded by the Natural Resources USDA NRCSConservation Service, is developing a learning community of northeast organic farmers who are integrating reduced and no-till methods currently on their farms, to refine and educate about organic tillage reduction methods.

Agenda:

1:00pm - Farm Tour
2:00pm - Garlic Demo
2:30pm - Cover Crop Selection
3:00pm - Soil Health Assessment Demonstration
3:30pm - Questions & Answers
4:00pm - Wrap Up & Thank You 

Instructors:

Chuck Currie manages the Freedom Food Farms grain & compost production as well as the livestock. He has farmed for over 15 years and has taught many workshops on organic, regenerative farming in New England.
Chuck studied biochemistry and chemistry for two years at UMass Amherst before taking a sustainable agriculture course, visiting a small farm run by someone not much older than him, and instantly realizing he had wanted to be a farmer his entire life. After completing a B.S. in Plant, Soil, and Insect Science in 2005, he worked at Red Fire Farm in Granby, MA for three years before starting his own farm in Vermont. After four years farming in Vermont, Chuck moved back to Southeastern Massachusetts with the goal of providing equal access to good food in more urban communities, and to be closer to family and friends. He started Freedom Food Farm in 2012 on leased land in Johnston, RI and began leasing the farm in Raynham, MA in 2014. 

Julie Fine works for Johnny's Seeds as the Territory Sales Representative for the Northeastern U.S. and is based in Massachusetts. In 2018 she earned her M.S. in plant and soil science from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at UMass Amherst. Her research focused on integrating cover crops into no-till sweet corn production. As the field production manager at the UC Santa Cruz farm and Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, she taught organic farming and gardening from 2004 to 2007. She worked on a number of small farms in Massachusetts, New York, California, and New Zealand from 1998 to 2004.  Julie loves to be out in the field, applying agricultural research to discussions of soil health, cover crops, vegetable varieties, and production practices. 

Capacity limited to 15 people. Please remember to abide by current MA state guidelines for group gatherings and travel to minimize COVID-19 transmission.

Notice: We will be offering a follow-up online event on November 9, 2020 from 7-8:30pm for those who are unable to attend this event in person.  We will be video documenting the in-person event and may ask for your permission to be included in the video that will be posted publicly.

  

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For information on our refund and inclement weather policy, click here. For questions contact Doug Cook, Education Events Coordinator, at Doug@nofamass.org or 603-969-8195
 

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