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

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Farming

September 24, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:30pm
Brix Bounty Farm, Dartmouth

NOFA Members: $18

Non-Members: $24


Fall is a time of transition in the hoop house as well as in the fields and forests-- summer crops are declining, but still being harvested, while growers must think ahead to the winter crop that will take their place.

What kind of fertility considerations should farmers keep in mind at this time? What is the best timing for fall soil and tissue testing, and how do we best amend soil that is transitioning from a heavy cucurbit or solanaceous crop to a fall or winter crop of greens or overwintered roots?

September 25, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Online, Anywhere

Free

We are constantly on the move in our quest for ultimate fertility at Many Hands Organic Farm. We will discuss our 3rd season with no-till, our focus on mulch and/or cover crops, our move toward more intricate use of inoculants and bio-stimulants and increased integration of our livestock and plants.

September 27, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Chocolog Farm, Uxbridge

This event series is FREE. Please help us plan for the right number of attendees by registering (click the Brown Paper Tickets button)

This event is part of a workshop series that includes farms and homesteads from across the state. Check out NOFAmass.org/events to see if there is a similar workshop closer to you!

Our soil can sometimes seem like a strange and mysterious territory — it’s dark under there, and populated with unseen forces, like earthworms, minerals, microbes, insects, roots, fungi, and (depending on the history of the site) possibly heavy metals and other pollutants.

In this afternoon workshop, the NOFA/Mass technical support team Laura Davis and Caro Roszell will give a workshop with Wenona Racicot, owner-operator of Chockalog Farm, to learn how to test your soil for both its biological vigor and its mineral profile. The workshop will start with a tour of Chockalog Farm to give some site-specific context. This farm is an integrated operation producing grassfed beef, free range eggs, vegetables and pastured chickens. The farm is no-till and currently in its 4th commercial season.

October 11, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Flats Mentor Farm, Lancaster

This event series is FREE. Please help us plan for the right number of attendees by registering (click the Brown Paper Tickets button)

**This event, previously scheduled for August 23, has been postponed until October 11th due to flooding in the farm fields**

This event is part of a workshop series that includes farms and homesteads from across the state. Check out NOFAmass.org/events to see if there is a similar workshop closer to you!

Our soil can sometimes seem like a strange and mysterious territory — it’s dark under there, and populated with unseen forces, like earthworms, minerals, microbes, insects, roots, fungi, and (depending on the history of the site) possibly heavy metals and other pollutants.

In this afternoon workshop, the NOFA/Mass technical support team Laura Davis and Caro Roszell will give a workshop with Vu Yang and Jessy Gill of World Farmers. The workshop will start with a brief introduction and tour of Flats Mentor Farm by Jessy Gill, Program Director and Vue Yang, a farmer at Flats Mentor Farm.

October 14, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Laughing Dog Farm , Gill

NOFA Members: $18

Non-Members: $24


This workshop aims to teach, promote, and inspire backyard gardeners and other small-scale growers to design and build their own hoophouses to diversify, extend and protect seasonal harvests in mercurial New England in an age of climate disruption. Well cover the basics about structure location, site preparation, sourcing materials, and construction. We'll also talk about maintenance for maximum versatility and productivity around the seasons.

November 19, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:30pm
Hampshire Red Barn Center, Amherst

NOFA Members: $75 / Non-members: $95 

Scholarships available (see below). Priority given to beginning farmers and students in farming programs at UMass, Hampshire, and other local colleges.

The knowledge of agricultural hemp production, once a common and lucrative crop in Massachusetts, has skipped over more than a generation of farmers. For the past 81 years it was illegal to grow, leading to the loss of local strains of crop genetics, regionalized cultural practices, and an interruption in the handing down of crop knowledge from parent to child and farmer to apprentice. With a new Massachusetts policy authorizing the commercial production of sun-grown agricultural hemp in the state, local farmers are interested in integrating agricultural hemp into their farm businesses.

This is why NOFA/Mass is presenting a full-day intensive workshop on growing agricultural hemp in the Northeast. The focus of this particular workshop is growing a hemp crop through flower into the seed phase for farmers wishing to produce an oil, seed or grain crop. We will cover genetics, soil preparation, fertility needs, pest and disease management, harvesting and extracting CBD oil on the farm with an eye to what the proper harvest windows and crop quality should be for a legal, marketable product.

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