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

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.

November 5, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Lexington High School, Lexington

Free!

After our Earth Day potlucks throughout the state, we have had many inquiries:

When is the next NOFA/Mass potluck?



November 5, 2017 - 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 1, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Online, Anywhere

Free

Utilizing a highly interactive farming system to maximize production for vegetables, fruit and animals, Many Hands Organic Farm is ever evolving.  We will discuss our three-year transition to total no-till for our three acres of vegetables, our ever more intricate inter-sowing of cover crops, and complex animal rotations with the vegetable and fruit crops.  This system is based on Albrecht-style mineral balancing, utilization of fertility drenches and foliar sprays, and maximum soil coverage.

Due to Technical issues, tonight’s webinar will take place on Wednesday, November 1 at 7pm.  The login information will remain the same.

October 14, 2017 - 10:30am to 5:00pm
Alprilla Farm, Essex

$60 * Pre-registration is required to attend  

Join Slow Food Boston and the Northeast Organic Farming Association/ Massachusetts Chapter (NOFA/Mass) in welcoming the bounty of autumn with our North Shore Tour de Farms.

Together we will bicycle about 20 miles across bucolic country roads, visit five diverse farms, including a vegetable farm, a pastured poultry farm, a historic dairy and cheese farm, and a cattle farm. Our last stop will be at an apple orchard where you’ll have the option to pick apples or taste fresh cider donuts (at your own cost).

October 8, 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Earth Harmony Farm and Sanctuary, Newbury

NOFA Member - $60
General Public - $75

* Add $5 for day-of sales

You can help mitigate the impacts of climate change while growing vitally rich foods. By using simple and earth-friendly materials and techniques like cardboard mulching, occultation, leaf mould, cover cropping, and urine reclamation you can turn marginal land into a highly-productive garden without fancy tools.

In this workshop veteran grower Ricky Baruc, co-creator of Seeds of Solidarity, will provide low cost, easy to implement, minimal maintenance techniques to sequester carbon and build life in the soil.

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

Free

Juneberry, cornelian cherry, and lingonberry are just a few fruits that are not well-known but have delectable flavors and are easy to grow. This webinar will describe the flavor and the cultivation of these and other uncommon fruits. These fruit plants have little need for spraying for pest control; in some cases annual pruning is not even required. Some of the fruits are borne on plants that also are ornamental, so are perfect for “luscious landscaping” of home grounds. With proper handling, some of these fruits have good market potential, especially for organic and specialty markets.

September 16, 2017 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Alprilla Farm, Essex

$25 * Pre-registration is required to attend  

Join Slow Food Boston and Northeast Organic Farming Association of Massachusetts (NOFA/Mass) in welcoming the bounty of autumn by enjoying some good brews and artisan pizza made using local ingredients. Chef Danielle Glantz of Pastaio Via Corta will be cooking up pizzas in an outdoor oven situated on the bucolic pastures of Alprilla Farm. Come enjoy the view, share some beers, all while celebrating the bounty of New England’s farmscape.

September 16, 2017 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Alprilla Farm, Essex

$60 * Pre-registration is required to attend  

This part of the event is sold out.   There are more tickets available for the Post-ride party

Together we will bicycle a 16 mile loop across bucolic country roads, visit five diverse farms, including several vegetable farms, a pastured poultry farm, a historic dairy and cheese farm, and a beef cattle farm. Lunch will be offered picnic-style atop a lush pasture.

September 10, 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Many Hands Organic Farm, Barre

NOFA Member - $50
General Public - $75
*add $5 for walk-ins

An integrated farm functions like a healthy ecosystem: each element is in relationship with all other elements in the system. Animals provide manure for crops and pastures, woodlands provide timber, mushrooms, and habitat, orchards provide food for humans, bees, and livestock, and humans keep this intricate cycle of fertility and fecundity running smoothly.

At Many Hands Organic Farm Jack Kittredge, Julie Rawson and their colleagues have been working for several decades to create and fine-tune such an ecologically complex system. During this workshop, Jack and Julie will explain and show the systems and interconnections among their various farm enterprises, which include vegetables, tree and berry fruits, pigs, beef cattle, pastured chickens and turkeys, bees, and mushrooms.

August 29, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Online, Anywhere

Free

Scott Muhammad will demonstrate double digging methods as a space saver for urban gardeners and will give information about SEED’s work in fighting food insecurity in Tuskegee County, Alabama.  Mr. Muhammad will also give information on the history of Tuskegee University and the early organic farming of Dr. George Washington Carver.

August 11, 2017 (All day) to August 13, 2017 (All day)
Hampshire College, Amherst

Cultivating The Organic Grassroots Movement

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

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