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

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!

July 24, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Online, Anywhere

Free

In this webinar, Sarah will cover the essentials of using grazing livestock to improve pasture soils and the quality of pasture forages. She will discuss best practices for pasture management with the goal of maximizing pasture dry matter intake, increasing soil ecosystem function, and optimizing animal performance and well-being.

July 21, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Ancient Ponies Farm, Amherst

$30 pre-registration required @ https://whitepinehealingarts.org/farm/

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.

July 14, 2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Gaining Ground Farm, Concord

Lunch Fee: $15

Event Fee: NOFA Members: $15 / Non-members: $20

 

Have you been considering starting, or transitioning to, a no-till farm? Join us at Gaining Ground Farm in Concord, MA to learn small-scale, high-yield methods for crop production using methods that minimize soil disturbance and maximize soil health. Farm manager Doug Wolcik will lead an interactive field walk with observations and input from guest presenter Daniel Mays of Frith Farm in Scarborough, ME. Learn about Gaining Ground’s transition by viewing fields that have been no-till for 1 year, 2 years, and 3 years. A hands-on participatory planting demonstration of fall broccoli into a no-till managed cover crop of winter rye and crimson clover will give participants a sense of the soil texture and hand-planting methods that allow Gaining Ground Farm to operate efficiently without the use of tractor-mounted planting implements. Daniel Mays will then offer a presentation on his no-till farming systems. Stay for lunch and participate in a no-till farmer round table discussion about soil health practices.

June 25, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Online, Anywhere

Free

Join Ben Falk as he talks about his family’s site in Vermont. The site is a terraced paradise on a hillside in Vermont that would otherwise be overlooked by conventional farmers as unworthy farmland. Falk’s wide array of fruit trees, rice paddies (relatively unheard of in the Northeast), ducks, nuts, and earth-inspired buildings is a hopeful image for the future of regenerative agriculture and modern homesteading.

June 13, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
The Bay Area Neighborhood Resident Resource Center, Springfield

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

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

May 28, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Online, Anywhere

Free

Maliaka Gilpin from One Art will talk about how art, life skills, training, and growing food all intersect to address food insecurity, violence, and poverty in their Philadelphia neighborhood. One Art Community Center is a sprawling project that has reclaimed abandoned buildings and lots in Philadelphia. Malaika will also talk about how they are able to grow over 30 varieties of fruits and vegetables that are shared with the community and used in the One Art Café. The Cafe provides low cost meals to the surrounding Cathedral Park neighborhood in Philadelphia. One Art Community Center is at the intersection of food justice, food sovereignty and sustainability.

May 18, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Cooler Concord Sustainable Landscaping Fair 10-2; talk @ 11 am, Concord

Free

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 18, 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Upinngill Farm, Gill

NOFA Members: $85 / Non-members: $105*

This all-day, hands-on workshop is ideal for the beginning cheese maker. Using fresh grass-fed pastured raw milk from Upinngil farm, Cliff Hatch, veteran farmer and cheese artisan, will guide you through the process of making a number of simple cheeses such as Camembert, Chevre, Brie, and Blue cheese. Participants will learn to select the right quality milk, discern what kinds of milk are appropriate for soft cheeses and choose what kind of bacteria to use as a starter. Along the way, we’ll talk about the process and history of cheese making and how different cheeses are made. Participants will be given samples of cheese to take home and practice aging. Cliff invites those wanting to learn more about working with the milk of their own animals to bring two gallons of milk to make into cheese. With your palette sharpened and techniques honed, you’ll be ready to make your own artisanal cheese.

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