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

Soil Carbon

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 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Minor Memorial Library, Roxbury

Free and open to all

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.

November 2, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Ware Grange, Ware

Free and open to all

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.

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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