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

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.

April 29, 2018 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Buzzard's Bay Center, New Bedford

Cost For Pre-Registrants*:

NOFA Members: $34 |  Non-Members: $42

* Add $5 for walk in registration on day of event.  


Kathleen DiChiara is a former Fortune 500 corporate executive and triathlete whose health took a sudden debilitating turn toward chronic pain and disease at the same time as her son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. After learning and experimenting with nutrition-based approaches to her illness, Kathleen was able to heal herself and her family through a dietary approach that focused on reducing inflammation and supporting the body’s microbiome.

April 26, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Ashby Public Library , Ashby

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 8:30pm
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 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

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