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

Past Events

December 10, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Franklin County Technical School, Turners Falls

NOFA Members: $35/ Non-members: $45 (Full Scholarship Available)

Ghee (clarified butter) is a high heat, lactose-free cooking oil used for centuries to relieve digestive disorders, calm the nervous system, and promote overall vitality. Join NOFA/Mass for this hands on experience with our guide Hannah Jacobson-Hardy, founder of Full Moon Ghee. Hannah is a proponent for keeping healthy fats in our diets.  She explains, They are good for the brain and large intestine. They lubricate the joints. Ghee is cooling in the body and can help to heal heat conditions like ulcers and colitis. Good fats also help you absorb nutrients. We have a lot more cows than coconuts here, therefore ghee can be our local cooking oil of New England. After we transform butter into ghee, we'll take it one step further by infusing it with herbs and spices to make herbal ghee. Handouts, recipes, and taste tests provided! Each participant takes home a jar of what we make in class. Check out this great profile and recipe from Hannah Jacobson-Hardy in NOFA/Mass' Organic Food Guide.

November 19, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Online, Anywhere

Free

Most people know that the digestive tract contains billions of helpful gut bacteria, but how does the gut microbiome affect our health? What impact 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.

November 12, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Massachusetts State House, Room A-2 24 , Boston

Free

Calling all proponents of a more organic Massachusetts! At a time of insect population collapse, declining bird populations and rising rates of pesticide-related chronic illness, we know that we must address the pervasive use of systemic and toxic pesticides in our school yards, our farm fields and our communities. November 12th 2019 could be a big day for the movement to reduce pesticide use in Massachusetts. Will you help make it so?

November 9, 2019 - 9:00am to 6:00pm
Montague Common Hall, Montague

NOFA Members: $90 / Non-members: $125*

Materials Fee: $65 CASH

Come learn how to make your own short boots from start to finish. Each participant will craft a pair of custom sized leather minimalist style ankle boots. These flat soled boots have no arch support, are very flexible like many barefoot shoes and are great for your next adventure. Our instructor Sarah Shields, will instruct us on the proper use of some simple hand tools during the process of making ‘Farm Shoes’; she says anyone can do it with a little strength (for punching holes) and patience (sewing).  Participants can choose their leather from the available materials, cut their own custom patterns, meet new people and unplug in a creative and relaxed environment. At the end of the day attendees leave with a custom pair handmade leather boots, suggestions for further sourcing of tools and materials, a template for the boots, and the skills to make more.

November 3, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
Lexington High School, Lexington

Fundraiser

We invite you to be part of a healthy and vibrant future in our state and beyond. As consumers and growers, together we can create landscapes that feed our communities and restore our environment.

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October 29, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Online, Anywhere

Free

Jim Schultz and his wife, Annie, own and operate Red Shirt Farm, a diversified, regenerative, no-till farm in western Massachusetts. They employ a wide range of regenerative techniques to grow vegetables, a small orchard, and pastured heritage chickens, turkeys, and pigs. Jim will discuss the critical importance of regenerative growing practices to address environmental challenges and mitigate our climate crisis and then provide specific techniques that can be implemented by small farmers, homesteaders and backyard gardeners. Jim will also touch on his Climate Battery, an innovative method for heating a high tunnel without the use of fossil fuels.

October 27, 2019 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Alprilla Farm, Essex

NOFA Members: $40 / Non-members: $50

Ages 12 and under Free

Are you excited to learn more about the history and practice of fermenting your own fruit to make cider? For about 200 years it was the most common beverage in New England, until its popularity started to decline in the mid-1800s. By the mid-1900s the art and practice of making your own cider had all but vanished into memory.  Join us and our presenter Edgar Foudray for this great hands on experience. Attendees will take turns rinsing, grinding, pressing, pouring, bottling, and of course drinking fresh apple cider.  Our guide Edgar will provide all of the materials for the workshop, including the cider press and grinder, sanitation supplies, food-grade containers, cider fruit, and educational handouts.  Along the way Edgar will speak about the history of cider making in New England, what qualities to look for in the fruit to achieve a good quality finished product, and different approaches and techniques to making hard cider. Participants can bring their own clean bottles if they want to bring home a volume of juice and continue the fermentation process and enjoy their own hard cider. This event is great for people of all ages, so bring the whole family!

October 19, 2019 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Eastfield Mall, Springfield

NOFA Members: $65 / Non-members: $90*

Hemp production is on the rise nationally, as is demand for locally sourced hemp-based products. With that in mind, Massachusetts farmers are diversifying their crop plans. Come learn how hemp fits into your farm. With its broad range of uses, hemp has tremendous potential for cultivation on a large scale as well as for home remedies and value added products. Join NOFA/Mass for this full-day intensive seminar to hear Dr. Heather Darby, lead agronomist on the UVM Industrial Hemp Research Program, present on hemp agronomy, strain genetics, transplant care, soil preparation, fertility needs, pest and disease management, and large scale production techniques. Keith Morris, of Willow Crossing Farm in VT, will focus on how to diversify with hemp and grow for CBD production. He will cover extracting CBD oil on the farm, proper harvest windows and ways to craft a high-quality finished product. Sarah Grubin, MDAR, will provide a thorough overview of the regulations around hemp production in Massachusetts including what farmers need to know to prepare their farms to grow this crop. Stay for a conversation with Marty Dagoberto, NOFA/Mass Policy Director, and other local activists about current advocacy to improve the hemp laws and regulations in Massachusetts and ways to take action.

October 13, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm
Mass Audubon's Ipswich River Wildlife Sancturary, Topsfield

Sliding Scale

$15 - $25 Suggested

Ages 12 and under Free

Are you looking to enhance your landscape with native species to attract birds, butterflies, and other pollinators? Join us for a native plant walk and wild seed collection with professional native plant propagator and landscape designer Adam Kohl.  As we explore Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary we will identify and demonstrate seed collection from over a dozen native species that provide habitats for beneficial insects, pollinators and birds. 

October 3, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Natick Community Organic Farm, Natick

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

Your digestive tract contains billions of helpful gut bacteria, but how does our gut microbiome affect our health? We need to care for our gut microbiome as we would any ecosystem, by encouraging the growth of the beneficial species and discouraging the growth of pathogenic or unhealthy species. In this interactive workshop, author Heather Anne Wise will explain the latest science on the gut microbiome, what kinds of challenges it faces from the impacts of our diet and environment, as well as ways to rebuild and enhance internal biodiversity for optimum health.

September 30, 2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Red Shirt Farm, Lanesborough

NOFA Members: $25 / Non-members: $30*

Are you inspired to learn more about no-till farming and see for yourself the tools and methods being used to build soil and grow vegetables? Join us at Red Shirt Farm in Lanesboro, MA to learn from farm manager Jim Shultz and guest presenter Bryan O’Hara of Tobacco Road Farm in Lebanon, CT. These two farmers both run well-organized, profitable and small-scale vegetable production systems, but diverge on the level of mechanization they employ. Together they will present a range of options for equipment and mechanization on the small-scale farm. You can engage with them during an interactive field walk and discussion of their farm systems. Topics of discussion will include: climate battery greenhouse, Johnson-Su Bioreactor, permanent bed systems, primary tools and cover cropping. Jim will give a demonstration of his BCS transferred mulch system, including mower, rake and mini-baler. This system is used to convert cover crops to mulch that can be used elsewhere on the farm.

September 23, 2019 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Urban Farming Institute Fowler Clark Epstein Farm, Mattapan

FREE EVENT- Registration requested: Email caro@nofamass.org to sign up

Whats Going On Down There? Soil Health & Fertility Assessment for Growers at Urban Farming Institute In this free on-site workshop, NOFA/Mass Soil Technical Assistance Advisors Laura Davis and Caro Roszell will review and interpret soil tests results for the Urban Farming Institute (UFI). You are invited to join us, learn about the practices that produced the soil were analyzing, and learn how to take and interpret soil tests for both fertility and soil health.

September 22, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm
UMass Agricultural Learning Center , Amherst

NOFA Members: $40 / Non-members: $50

Are you looking to enhance your landscape with native species to attract birds, butterflies, and other pollinators? Join us for a native plant walk and wild seed collection with professional native plant propagator and landscape designer Adam Kohl. As we explore the grounds at and around the UMass Agricultural Learning Center we will identify and demonstrate seed collection from the following species: New York Ironweed, Joe Pye Weed, Bee Balm, Spicebush, Hazelnut, Mountain Mint, NJ Tea, Staghorn Sumac, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, False Solomon’s Seal, Jewelweed, and Maple-Leaf Viburnum.

September 16, 2019 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Chockalog Farm, Uxbridge

Whats Going On Down There? Soil Health & Fertility Assessment for Growers at Chockalog Farm

In this free on-site workshop, NOFA/Mass Soil Technical Assistance Advisors Laura Davis and Caro Roszell will review and interpret soil tests results for Chockalog Farm. You are invited to join us, learn about the practices that produced the soil were analyzing, and learn how to take and interpret soil tests for both fertility and soil health.

September 8, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Fresh Meadows Farm, Carver

NOFA Members: $35 / Non-members: $45

We have cancelled due to low enrollment, sorry for any inconvenience.

Massachusetts has a rich history of cranberry cultivation and organic cranberries are a niche crop with opportunities for direct sales of both fresh and frozen fruit. Come meet Dom Fernandes, of Fresh Meadows Farm, who has been growing certified organic cranberries for over 10 years. Learn about how they transitioned almost a third of their farm into organic production. Dom will lead a tour of one of Fresh Meadow Farms organic cranberry bogs and discuss the variety of cultivation techniques they use and the specific cultivars they find to work well in organic production. Following the tour, we convene in the sorting facility to learn about handling the crop after harvest. Dom will spend time elaborating and answering questions about his experiences transitioning from conventional to organic production and opportunities in the organic market.

September 7, 2019 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Black Dog Gardens, Monteray

FREE EVENT- Registration requested- click the Brown Paper Tickets Link

What's Going On Down There? Soil Health & Fertility Assessment for Growers at Black Dog Gardens

In this free on-site workshop, NOFA/Mass Soil Technical Assistance Advisors Laura Davis and Caro Roszell will review and interpret soil tests results for Ruth Greens sustainable homestead in Monterey, MA, where Ruth lives and grows vegetables and fruit for personal consumption. You are invited to join us, learn about the practices that produced the soil were analyzing, and learn how to take and interpret soil tests for both fertility and soil health.

September 5, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Flats Mentor Farm, Lancaster

FREE EVENT- Registration requested- click the Brown Paper Tickets Link

Whats Going On Down There? Soil Health & Fertility Assessment for Growers at Flats Mentor Farm

In this free on-site workshop, NOFA/Mass Soil Technical Assistance Advisors Laura Davis and Caro Roszell will review and interpret soil tests results for Vue Yang’s plot at Flats Mentor Farm, along with Jessy Gill, Assistant Director of World Farmers. You are invited to join us, learn about the practices that produced the soil we’re analyzing, and learn how to take and interpret soil tests for both fertility and soil health.

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

August 27, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Online, Anywhere

Free

Livestock can be a wonderful tool for both farm profitability and ecological health of the farm, if only managed correctly. Understanding the way animals behave, and thinking of our role as orchestrating their movement through a habitat is critical to maintain the health of the animals and of the land. Join this webinar to explore the key considerations for ruminants, pigs, and poultry and ways they can be ecologically managed on the farm.

August 9, 2019 - 4:00pm to August 11, 2019 - 4:00pm
Hampshire College, Amherst

Variable

Nutrition Matters | Soil Health Builds Human Health

We are excited to host our 45th annual NOFA Summer Conference with keynote speaker Sandor Katz for a festive summer weekend August 9 -11, 2019 at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. Always a family friendly event, you can bring the whole family to enjoy workshops for adults, kids and teens, over 60 vendors, live music, games and amazing food!

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