Be a Better Grower Newsletter2021-11-01T15:15:31-04:00

Be a Better Grower Newsletter

Welcome to the NOFA/Mass newsletter series

Each week we publish original articles on the topics we care about most.

Read about the latest policy issues affecting Massachusetts farmers and consumers in our “Policy and Advocacy” newsletter, get insider farming and gardening tips from expert growers in our “Be a Better Grower” newsletter, learn to do it yourself, from food preservation to building fences, in our “Practical Self-Sufficiency” newsletter and see how our community is working to improve the food system in our “Food Justice” newsletter.

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Caring for Your Soil: Understanding Soil Aggregation and Compaction

March 16th, 2022|Categories: Newsletters|Tags: , |

By Christine Manuck, NOFA/Mass Soil Health Projects Manager Ruben Parilla, NOFA/Mass Soil Tech Coordinator, evaluating soil aggregation at Assawaga Farm (CT). Photo credit: Monique Bosch I’m frequently telling my kids, “you get what [...]

Soil Carbon Proxy Testing Can Help You Help Your Soil

August 12th, 2021|Categories: Newsletters|Tags: , , |

By Christine Manuck, NOFA/Mass Soil Health Projects Manager Soil organic matter is essential to healthy soils. Acting as a sort of “control center”, it regulates a soil’s physical, chemical, and biological properties. Every soil starts with a baseline level [...]

Soil Testing and Mineral Amendments

October 13th, 2021|Categories: Newsletters|Tags: , , |

By Christine Manuck, NOFA/Mass Soil Health Projects Manager Soil testing plays an important role in evaluating soil health and crop management, capturing snapshots of how the biological, chemical, and physical properties of a soil [...]

Strategies for Increasing Production Resiliency

January 12th, 2022|Categories: Newsletters|Tags: , , |

Winter Conference Workshops for Growers By Christine Manuck, NOFA/Mass Soil Health Projects Manager Given the increased frequency of climate-related severe weather events and pandemic-related food chain and supply issues, we believe the need for [...]

A Primer on Sustainable Soil Management

July 7th, 2021|Categories: Newsletters|Tags: , , , , |

By Christine Manuck, NOFA/Mass Soil Health Projects Manager As with every living thing, what you get out of soil is related to what you put into it. Transitioning our mindset of soil from an inorganic [...]

NOFA/Mass Soil Testing and the Bulk Order Go Hand in Hand

November 12th, 2021|Categories: Newsletters|Tags: , , |

By Christine Manuck, NOFA/Mass Soil Health Projects Manager At NOFA, we love being a resource for fellow farmers and gardeners, through education and outreach, supporting pollinators and sustainable agriculture policy, and by making healthy [...]

Correlating Produce Nutrient Levels with Soil Management

September 7th, 2021|Categories: Newsletters|Tags: , , |

Profiling Assawaga Farm, Freedom Food Farm and A&K Produce By Christine Manuck, NOFA/Mass Soil Health Projects Manager NOFA/Mass has been leading a project funded by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), “Correlating Healthy Soil Practices with [...]

Three 2020 Garden Successes I’m Growing Again in 2021

March 17th, 2021|Categories: Newsletters|Tags: , , , |

By Richard Robinson, Farmer at Hopestill Farm  Tokyo Bekana, collards, and Panisse lettuce were the standout new additions to my garden in 2020. I’m looking forward to growing more, and selling more, of each this season.  One [...]

Key Insights from the Climate Adaptation Fellowship: Part 2

March 17th, 2021|Categories: Newsletters|Tags: , , , , , |

We Need to Talk About Nitrous Oxide Emissions By Caro Roszell, NOFA/Mass Education Director and Soil Carbon Program Coordinator  In our February newsletter, I shared some takeaways and resources around Massachusetts and New England [...]

Field Corn and Dry Beans in the Garden: Staple crops to feed your family and community

April 14th, 2021|Categories: Newsletters|Tags: , , , |

By Noah Courser-Kellerman, Farmer at Alprilla Farm Photos by Paul Cary Goldberg and Sophie Courser-Kellerman Garland Flint Corn in the field at Alprilla Farm A perfect early fall meal from the garden: [...]

Pepo, Maxima, and Moschata: Know your Cucurbits!

May 12th, 2021|Categories: Newsletters|Tags: , , , |

By Richard Robinson, Farmer at Hopestill Farm  When you choose your winter squash, pay attention to the species. Some are easier to grow than others! As I write this in May of 2021, I am roasting [...]

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