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

April 24, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Hitchcock Environmental Center , Amherst

Free and open to the public.

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.

April 24, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Online, Anywhere

Free

For centuries, biochar has been used throughout the world as a natural and easily-obtained soil amendment that builds microbial communities and long-term fertility in soils. Created through a process known as pyrolysis, biochar adds stable carbon to the soil, functioning to sequester atmospheric carbon, retain moisture, sweeten soil, and build rich habitat for microbes, nematodes, and fungi that aid in plant nutrient availability. Join us as Dr. Emily Cole discusses how biochar can be great addition to farming and garden operations.

April 21, 2018 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Fowler Clark Farm , Mattapan

NOFA Member - $72.00
General Public - $90.00

The Urban Farming Institute and NOFA/Mass are co-hosting this workshop exploring how the right combination of biological and regenerative farming approaches can steadily improve your crop quality - especially in urban and small garden settings. 

April 8, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Coolidge Corner Branch Library, Meeting Room, Lower Level, Brookline

Free and open to the public.

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.

March 31, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Shillman Hall, Boston

Free and open to the public.

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.

March 27, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Online, Anywhere

Free

As you think about gearing up for this coming season, there are many fairly simple changes you can make in the greenhouse or hoophouse that can help you get more out of it . Topics include optimizing crop spacing, fertility, watering, trellising, pruning, bug netting and more!

March 18, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Simple Gifts Farm , Amherst

NOFA Member - $20 

General Public - $25

Simple Gifts is one of the few farms in Massachusetts that offers a year-round CSA. They’re able to do so because of the wide variety of season extension structures that they utilize to create seamless transitions between the seasons-- heated and unheated greenhouses, movable high tunnels, and caterpillar tunnels.

March 3, 2018 - 9:00am to 1:00pm, March 10, 2018 - 9:00am to 1:00pm
Location: Montague Common Hall , Montague
NOFA Members: $40 per session or $70 for both
Non-Members $50 per session or $90 for both
Scholarships Available
*add $5 per session for walk-ins

In this two-part series, seasoned beekeeper Angela Röell will provide a strong grounding in organic beekeeping. From bee anatomy, social structure and nutritional needs to hive equipment and annual tasks, participants will learn everything they need to know to integrate honeybees into their homesteads or farms. Participants may attend one or both sessions.

March 3, 2018 - 9:00am to 1:00pm, March 10, 2018 - 9:00am to 1:00pm
Location: Montague Common Hall , Montague
NOFA Members: $40 per session or $70 for both
Non-Members $50 per session or $90 for both
Scholarships Available
*add $5 per session for walk-ins

In this two-part series, seasoned beekeeper Angela Röell will provide a strong grounding in organic beekeeping. From bee anatomy, social structure and nutritional needs to hive equipment and annual tasks, participants will learn everything they need to know to integrate honeybees into their homesteads or farms. Participants may attend one or both sessions.

February 27, 2018 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Online, Anywhere

Free

At the heart of the organic movement is a continued effort to sustain and regenerate our natural resources.  In this webinar we'll discuss the role of soil testing for making informed fertility decisions on organic farms and gardens.  We'll review the role of soil mineralization and organic matter, including "ENR" (Estimated Nitrogen Release), as you develop a Nitrogen Budget for your fields this year.

February 26, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm
Berkshire Botanical Gardens Education Center, Stockbridge
NOFA Member - $15
General Public - $20
* Add $5 for walk in registration on day of event

Join NOFA/Mass and Berkshire Agricultural Ventures for this workshop spotlighting innovations in season extension and connect growers with appropriate grants, loans, and technical assistance providers in the Northeast. Topics include planning and installing a Climate Battery (an innovative heat transfer system) under a greenhouse, using renewable fuels to heat greenhouse benches via hot water cycling, and efficient and effective methods for constructing and moving caterpillar tunnels.  Participants will also receive an update from NRCS representatives on application process and status of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and other resources available to support farmers in extending the harvest season.  

February 8, 2018 - 7:00pm to March 22, 2018 - 8:30pm
Waring School , Beverly
NOFA Member - $100
General Public - $125
Registration fee includes textbook
* Add $5 for walk in registration on day of event.

Humanity depends on soil for survival. The elegant interaction of the physical, chemical and biological components of soil with plants, has since the middle of the 20th century, however, been largely overlooked by agronomic institutions in favor of a reductionist chemical approach.

Fortunately, recent advances in the field of soil ecology - combined with the focus on soil health brought by the rise of the organic food movement - have led to a much richer understanding of soil as a living system. The more we understand and appreciate how soil works, the better we can steward the land to feed us in a way that is truly sustainable.

February 3, 2018 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Essex County Greenbelt Association, Essex

NOFA/ECGA Member - $15
General Public - $20
*add $5 for walk-ins

Join Didi Pershouse of the Soil Carbon Coalition in this participatory workshop as we explore the deep relationship between carbon and water in the soil pore and in the atmosphere. Learn the principles of healthy land functions, and how biological work of plants, soil microbes, and other life forms create the water absorbing and water filtering soil infrastructure that our farms and communities depend on. We will discuss how to enlist the power  of those relationships in our land management to create healthy people, resilient communities, productive land and clean water.

Expected outcomes of this workshop include a deeper understanding of: carbon and water cycling on land, principles for improving land and watershed function through biological work, and an introduction to ways of monitoring and mapping change.

January 30, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Online, Anywhere

Free

This webinar is a broad overview of financial basics for beginning farmers. Topics include the importance of understanding personal financial needs & goals, start up costs, fixed and variable expense assumptions, the importance of monitoring financial statements and lending opportunities as well as available resources for grants, training, and counseling

January 27, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Round The Bend Farm, Dartmouth

NOFA Member - $48
General Public - $58
* Add $5 for day-of registration

Those who control the seed system, control the food system. And yet, over the past 50 years, as we’ve lost the majority of our plant breeds and seed companies, we’ve also divorced plants from their place. Cultivars are no longer bred to thrive in a certain bioregion or soil type. Rarely are they developed for drought or flood tolerance. Nor are most seeds bred under organic systems, which means that most organic growers are planting seeds that thrive on soluble synthetic fertility. Most breeds are also far less nutrient-dense now as breeders have focused on yield and appearance while forgetting about nutrition

January 13, 2018 (All day)
Worcester State University, Worcester

Cover. Diversify. Regenerate.

Join our keynoter, Regenerative Pioneer, Gabe Brown, and over 60 farming and gardening experts at this year’s 31st Annual NOFA/Mass Winter Conference.

This year's theme is Cover, Diversity, Regenerate. We will explore how soils can be improved and degraded soils can be restored by promoting the biological function of the soil ecosystem with living plant cover, mulches, and smart farm systems.

December 26, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Online, Anywhere

Free

Cover cropping is a best practice for soil health. Does scientific research prove the benefits of multi-species cover crop mixtures? How can we design cover crop mixtures tailored to our specific production system? What kind of challenges do they present?  Research on mixtures of winter-killed cover crops, including forage radish, will be presented.

December 10, 2017 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
The Red Barn at Hampshire College, Amherst

This event is now sold out

(Includes Lunch)
NOFA Member - $51
General Public - $60
* Add $5 for walk-in registration on day of event

This event is now sold out. 

In 2018 Cannabis will enter the Massachusetts marketplace and, according to some estimates, it’s poised to become a $1.1 billion industry within just a few years, making it the most profitable crop in Massachusetts. As with local craft beer and food, there will be a lot of consumers interested in accessing high-quality craft cannabis grown by local farmers in a sustainable way.

December 5, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Online, Anywhere

Free

Becoming a regionally secure food system involves many processes evolving in concert. These include not only developing robust food crops in general, but also culturally appropriate foods that are readily accessible by all.

Rescheduled!

November 18, 2017 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Sportsman Tennis Club Farm Site, Dorchester

NOFA Member - $72.00
General Public - $90.00

The Urban Farming Institute and NOFA/Mass are co-hosting this event on “High Bionutrient Production in Small Spaces.”  This workshop will explore how the right combination of biological and regenerative farming approaches can steadily improve your crop quality - especially in urban and small garden settings.

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