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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Past Events

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 10, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
ReVision Urban Farm, Dorchester

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 Joy Gary of ReVision Urban Farm.

August 28, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Online, Anywhere

Free

The NOFA Interstate Council Domestic Fair Trade Committee has as its mission to serve as an incubator acting across NOFA-nation, encouraging the development of domestic fair trade principles as enumerated by the DFTA of which NOFA is a founding member. This Webinar will introduce you to Domestic Fair Trade, the work of NOFA’s committee and the new initiative to expand the committee’s mission and membership.

August 10, 2018 (All day) to August 12, 2018 (All day)
Hampshire College, Amherst

Join us to build upon this interconnectedness – from microbial to human communities

2018 Keynoters: Rowen White and Eric Holt Gimenez

The Northeast Organic Farming Association’s Summer Conference is the community learning hub of the NOFA universe. We learn, we play, and we enjoy a weekend of skill building, inspiration and entertainment. It is our opportunity to get together and inspire one another during a family friendly weekend with people living the same lifestyle, holding the same vision and working respectively in many ways toward the same goals.

More Info at www.nofasummerconference.org

July 31, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Online, Anywhere

Free

With the average health care costs exceeding $7,700 per month and the average age of the farmer predicted to be 60 and older based on anticipated US Department of Agriculture Census data, the need for aging services for farmers is immediate and neglected. As most individuals over 65 years old seek health care coverage through Medicaid, the need to protect one’s property to qualify is often overlooked until long-term care is immediate. For farmers who are often “land rich and cash poor” the need to choose between protecting generationally-owned land and qualifying for Medicaid should not be a choice. Farmers should never be forced to sell their land to cover nursing care costs. To become eligible for Medicaid, you must meet certain demographic and income qualifications. This webinar will provide you with general information about Medicaid and its impact on small farmers specifically regarding Medicaid lien enforcement.

July 28, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Black Dog Garden, Monterey

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 in partnership with Ruth Green of Black Dog Garden to learn how to test your soil for both its biological vigor and its mineral profile.

July 23, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Fowler Clark Epstein Farm , Mattapan

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 in partnership with the Urban Farming Institute to learn how to test your soil for both its biological vigor and its mineral profile.

July 15, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Woven Roots Farm, Tyringham

NOFA/MOFGA Member - $75
General Public - $95
*add $10 for walk-ins

Learn techniques for intensively growing vegetables using no-till practices on a commercial scale from long-time farmers Jen and Pete Salinetti of Woven Roots Farm. Jen and Pete have managed their diversified vegetable farm for over 15 years using inexpensive, low-tech tools. Their system has built a soil with incredible structure, water-holding capacity, and the soil life needed to grow nutrient-dense crops. They’ve been able to do so all while reducing the use of fossil fuels and compaction associated with tractor equipment.

July 12, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Namac Farm, Haverhill

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 in partnership with the Urban Farming Institute to learn how to test your soil for both its biological vigor and its mineral profile.

June 26, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Online, Anywhere

Free

Composting is the biological breakdown of material from plants and animals conducted by a vast variety of microbes that returns nutrients to the soil to be taken up by new plant life. Compost is a nutrient dense soil amendment that is also an organic fertilizer.Properly processed compost results in a great soil without producing odor along the way by using aeration, material balancing, moisture control, particle size, temperature control, and proper volume.

June 9, 2018 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Wildside Cottage and Gardens , Conway

NOFA/MOFGA Member - $54 General Public - $67 

*add $5 for walk-ins

The work of building the dream homestead starts well before the first garden is dug or the greenhouse is built. Creating an efficient and flourishing home and garden, one that yields abundantly but needs few inputs, requires skillful planning. Each element must intelligently connect with every other element in the system.

May 29, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Online, Anywhere

Free

Mycoremediation is using fungi (mushrooms) to clean toxic soil and water. For farmers and gardeners alike, there is always an issue of growing food in unclean heavy metal or chemical ridden soil, or being part of ecoli and excess phosphorus runoff in local waterways. Learn how we can use mushrooms, with the help of other plants and bacteria, to clean our soils and waterways. Use the tools mother nature provides to align with a healthier, happier planet.

May 17, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Wendell Free Library , Wendell

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.

May 12, 2018 - 10:30am to 4:30pm
Immanuel Lutheran Church, Amherst

NOFA/BFA Member: $60 | Student $45 | General $72

Scholarships Available (Members Only Scholarship: $30)

As members of NOFA/Mass and the Bionutrient Food Association know, the regeneration of soil ecosystems (and the plant communities with which they are interdependent) is critical to the sequestration of carbon, the mitigation of climate change and the future of life on earth.

But there is a vital part of the story of soil regeneration and global climate mitigation that hasn’t been as well covered as the carbon cycle - and that is the global water cycle. Australian soil microbiologist Walter Jehne is currently touring the United States explaining how biology controls the water cycle, and how the water cycle regulates the planet’s heating and cooling processes.

May 5, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am
The Hanson Building at the Beardsley Zoo , Bridgeport

NOFA members $20, non-members are $35

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.

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