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 15, 2018 - 9:30am to 4:30pm
Queset House, Ames Library , North Easton

NOFA Members: $65 / Non-members: $82

Registration includes a copy of the book Farming with Native Beneficial Insects ($25 value) and other publications from local organizations.

Conservation biological control is a science-based pest management strategy that seeks to integrate beneficial insects back into cropping systems for natural pest control. In this full-day course, participants will learn how to identify helpful insects in the field at various stages in their life cycles, and how to support species of beneficial insects that provide pest control. We will also touch on the impact of farm practices on beneficial insects, and how to assess and create farm habitat for beneficial insects.

December 13, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Tangerini's Spring St Farm , Millis

NOFA Members: $12 / Non-members: $15

 

Tangerinis Spring Street Farm grows year-round crops in Millis, MA even offering a pick-your-own Deep Winter CSA for their dedicated members. One of the methods that the farm uses to keep their production moving through the seasons is over-wintered carrots. Steve Chiarizio will give a tour of the winter farming infrastructure and will give an overview of what the farm has learned so far in setting out to overwinter onions. He will then go into detail on his experience overwintering carrots for several years, including bed prep, variety, planting time, tunnel materials and equipment, spring maintenance and harvesting.

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

Free

“Cover crop mixtures are an important way to improve soil health. However, cover crops become economically viable when we use them to increase nutrient cycling and reduce off-farm fertilizer inputs. How do we use cover crop mixtures to grow our own nitrogen? How do different cover crops provide nutrients to meet crop demands? This advanced cover cropping webinar will address using cover crop mixtures to increase nutrient cycling and the economical efficiency of cover cropping.

November 19, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:30pm
Hampshire Red Barn Center, Amherst

NOFA Members: $75 / Non-members: $95 

Scholarships available (see below). Priority given to beginning farmers and students in farming programs at UMass, Hampshire, and other local colleges.

The knowledge of agricultural hemp production, once a common and lucrative crop in Massachusetts, has skipped over more than a generation of farmers. For the past 81 years it was illegal to grow, leading to the loss of local strains of crop genetics, regionalized cultural practices, and an interruption in the handing down of crop knowledge from parent to child and farmer to apprentice. With a new Massachusetts policy authorizing the commercial production of sun-grown agricultural hemp in the state, local farmers are interested in integrating agricultural hemp into their farm businesses.

This is why NOFA/Mass is presenting a full-day intensive workshop on growing agricultural hemp in the Northeast. The focus of this particular workshop is growing a hemp crop through flower into the seed phase for farmers wishing to produce an oil, seed or grain crop. We will cover genetics, soil preparation, fertility needs, pest and disease management, harvesting and extracting CBD oil on the farm with an eye to what the proper harvest windows and crop quality should be for a legal, marketable product.

November 4, 2018 - 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.

JOIN the NOFA/Mass Team OR SPONSOR a member of the NOFA/Mass Team.

November 2, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Ware Grange, Ware

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 30, 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.

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.

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