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

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Conferences

August 7, 2020 (All day) to August 9, 2020 (All day)
Hampshire College, Amherst

TBA

Climate Solutions Are Grown In Soil 

2020 Keynote speaker Tim LaSalle

Super Early Bird Special – Register Online till Jan 31st

The time is now for soil health to be relied upon for carbon drawdown on an equal plane as renewable energy so the two can work hand in hand to mitigate the crisis earth is facing. When Tim LaSalle says, “We’ve been farming the carbon out of our soils”, we can be inspired to learn how to increase our abilities to farm the carbon back into our soil and regenerate the living conditions on earth. 

Farming

January 28, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Online, Anywhere

Free

Wild pollination systems are degrading rapidly, raising concern over an impending ecological catastrophe. Yet most efforts to create pollinator habitat have only increased common species, rather than the range of wild pollinators needed for ecosystem health and resiliency. In this webinar we will explore the critical role of plant selection in designing and planning for pollinators. We'll break down the science behind crop as well as native plant pollination; explore the crucial role that native pollinators play in food security, ecosystem health and climate resiliency; and take a deep dive into farmscape design for native pollinators.

March 31, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Online, Anywhere

Free

By bringing together a network of Newark-based growers in New Jersey, the Newark Community Food System (NCFS), an innovative collective of local urban agriculture experts, supports the growth of the local food system, amplify community-led initiatives, and develop sustainability around urban agriculture and fresh healthy food access. It is necessary to demonstrate how urban agriculture is essential for community development and health. NCFS takes actionable steps to empower residents to become actively involved in reshaping their food system, while gaining control of their health and environment.

Homestead Skills

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.

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