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

Homestead Skills

June 13, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
The Bay Area Neighborhood Resident Resource Center, Springfield

NOFA Members: $24/ Non-members: $30 (Full Scholarship Available)

Most people know that the digestive tract contains billions of helpful gut bacteria, but how does the gut microbiome affect our health? What impacts might they have on gut health, metabolism, immunity, or even mood and brain function? Also, how does our relationship with the natural environment and our agricultural practices influence the health of our gut microbes? Join author and licensed nutritionist Ana Maria Moise, MS, CNS, LDN to learn how the modern diet and food system are changing gut microbes and what we can do to feed these beneficial organisms to restore the gut and optimize health.

June 15, 2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm
Ancient Ponies Farm, Shutesbury

40.00 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.

July 14, 2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Gaining Ground Farm, Concord

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.

September 1, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Many Hands Organic Farm, Barre

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 our land in Barre in 1980 and built our house, barn and our 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, we have built our Many Hands Organic Farm to maximize fertility, diversity of crops and people to work on it, and are now working with our son Dan to set up a multi-generational landscape.

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