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

Farming

January 29, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Online, Anywhere

Free

Most of us are familiar with the CSA model: Customers pay farmers in the spring, then pick up their "share" of the harvest throughout the growing season. After six seasons of running an 80 share CSA farm, Noah and Sophie Courser-Kellerman of Alprilla Farm shifted their "CSA Season" from June-October to October-February. In essence, they are now able to focus on growing all summer and then marketing all winter.

February 9, 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Round the Bend Farm , South Dartmouth

NOFA and YFN Members: $35 / Non-members: $45

“Without seed security, there is no food security.” – Vandana Shiva 

    Seeds are not merely an input among inputs on our farms or in our gardens; they are the heart and soul, the very blueprints of life.  How seeds are grown and selected, and who controls their growth and distribution, determine how we are able to feed ourselves.

    With the massive consolidation in the previous decades of the seed industry, a handful of multinational corporations control a majority of the world’s seed through various forms of intellectual property.  Consequently, there has been an unprecedented loss of diversity within seed world, as companies are bought out and varieties are replaced or dropped altogether. Further, seed that is bioregionally adapted to particular locations, and varieties with robust genetic diversity – two crucial components for resilience amidst climate chaos – have declined dramatically, supplanted in large part by a one-size-fits-most approach to plant breeding.  Seed has lost its place, and the public commons has undergone a startling erosion of public-domain germplasm – the very poems handed down by previous generations through tireless observation and selection for the current generations to expand upon.

March 10, 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Republican Masonic Lodge, Greenfield

NOFA Members: $80 / Non-members: $100

This one-day advanced seminar will show how small-scale organic farming practices can be used to make a profitable livelihood throughout the year. Learn about efficient farm systems, innovative techniques of growing and crop storage for extending the season for profit, winter greens production in tunnels, intuitive methods for tracking farm productivity, and marketing techniques for success.

March 25, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ivory Silo Farm, Westport

NOFA Members: $12 / Non-members: $15

 

Bill Braun and Dee Levanti grow in two unheated high tunnels in the winter, also utilizing two unheated low tunnels and a new heated, MDAR-funded propogation house for seedling production. In this 2-hour farm tour, Bill and Dee will share what they have learned about the most efficient and effective way to use their season extension structures within their operation. They will review their winter greens (primarily kale, chard, and cold-hardy asian greens) production strategy-- including timing and varieties for planting. The hoophouses are not used for aggressive summer production but rather are rested in summer to maximize winter production. Dee and Bill will also explain how they use their tunnels for seed breeding and saving to increase the self-reliance of their operation and the regional adaptability of their seed supply. Dee, who works for MDAR, will also give a brief overview of the grant program that funded their greenhouse for those who are interested in applying to expand their farm infrastructure.

April 28, 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
TBD, Springfield

NOFA Members: $80 / Non-members: $100

Over the course of this full-day seminar, Angela will provide an overview of the anatomy, physiology, and social structure of honeybees and their hives. Participants will learn about the tasks and activities of an organic beekeeper's year and with consideration for honeybee nutritional needs — reflect on how to plan for bringing bees into their lives. Angela will review the various types, components, and appropriate equipment for different styles of hive honeybee hives and provide guidance on non-toxic approaches to mite prevention and treatment. Participants in will be guided through the process of designing and creating an action plan for their scale and circumstance. Everyone will leave this workshop with a deeper understanding of honeybees, the annual cycle of healthy hive care, and a vision of what beekeeping would look like integrated into their own daily life.

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