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

Gardening Events

March 14, 2020 - 8:00am to 5:00pm
Upinngill Farm, Gill

NOFA Members: $90 / Non-members: $120*

Join NOFA/Mass at Upinngil Farm for a day-long, hands-on cheese making workshop, farm tour and lots of cheese. This workshop is suited to beginners as well as experienced cheesemakers. We will learning from Cliff Hatch, veteran farmer and cheese artisan, as he guides us through the process of making a number of hard renneted cheeses such as Cheddar, Dunlop and Gloucester. Participants will learn to select the right quality milk, propper handling practices and deciding which bacteria to use as a starter. Along the way, we’ll talk about the process and history of cheese making and how different cheeses are made. Learn more about the way that seasons, forage and feed quality influence the taste of pastured milk, as well as details about herd selection and grazing practices. Participants will be leave with cheese to take home and practice aging. Cliff invites those wanting to learn more about working with the milk of their own animals to bring two gallons of milk to make into cheese. 

March 22, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
PIngree School, South Hamilton

NOFA Members: $25/ Non-members: $35 (Scholarship Available)

Do you want to create a garden that is inviting, and nourishing, for people, and pollinators alike?  In this workshop with Dan Jaffe, co-author of Native Plants for New England Gardens and longtime ecological horticulturist, we will focus on successful methods for creating habitats for pollinators and beneficial insects in the landscapes where we live and work. Join us at Pingree School to learn more about: why designing for pollinator health builds resiliency in our local ecosystem, design components that should be considered in every garden, which flower shapes and colors attract insects and other features that provide a variety of habitats for beneficial insect.

March 29, 2020 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Aurora Farms, Rehoboth

NOFA Members: $95/ Non-members: $120 (Scholarship Available)

Are you looking to learn more about Korean Natural Farming amendments and start making your own?  Join us as we learn from Benjamin Morgan-Dillon how to use locally-sourced plants and fruits to create amendments and supplements that are tailored to our geographic environment. Korean Natural Farming retrains our focus from looking at what the plant needs now to anticipating what the plant is going to need in the coming weeks. Learn how to harvest plants from the farm and learn to look for indicators of plant health, capture indigenous bacteria, fungi, and microarthropods, culture beneficial microorganisms, practice making amendments and use them to enhance your plants.

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.

April 5, 2020 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Big River Chestnuts, Sunderland

NOFA Members: $60/ Non-members: $75 (Scholarship Available)

Join NOFA/Mass at Big River Chestnuts in Sunderland, MA with Buzz Ferver from Perfect Circle Farm for a nutty day focused on how to propagate nut trees (and more) for your farm and homestead. Spend the morning learning everything about starting nuts and woody fruit from seed and the afternoon discussing clonal propagation and practicing some grafting techniques. At the end of the day Jono Neiger will give us a tour of his farm where, since 2018, he has developed a diversified agroforestry system with blight-resistant chinese chestnuts, heartnuts, elderberries, aronia, and other crops. 

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.

June 8, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Square Roots Farm, Lanesborough

NOFA Members: $25/ Non-members: $35 (Scholarship Available)

Join us at Square Roots Farm for a tour and discussion of how they apply rotational high density grazing to provide their livestock with healthy forage, minimize inputs, and improve soil health. By rotating dense herds through temporary paddocks within a pasture, livestock will eat a variety of forage, are more robust, and can sequester considerable amounts of carbon in the soil. Square Roots Farm comprises about 185 acres of hilly fields and forest in Lanesborough, Massachusetts. They raise 1000 laying hens, 4000 meat birds, 30 cattle , 12-24 pigs, turkeys and a diversity of vegetables for their CSA customers and market. Michael will lead our tour through his farm and we will, learn about the fencing and shelters they use to keep their flocks and herds moving over the landscape, grazing density and practices. Our guest Connor Stedman will explain the principles and practices of further developing pastures into silvopasture systems through functional tree planting here in New England.  Then we will use Square Roots Farm to provide context in a discussion about specific practices and tree species that can add additional value to a diversified grazing system.

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. 

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