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

March 31, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Online, Anywhere

Free

By bringing together a network of Newark-based growers in New Jersey, the Newark Community Food System (NCFS), an innovative collective of local urban agriculture experts, supports the growth of the local food system, amplify community-led initiatives, and develop sustainability around urban agriculture and fresh healthy food access. It is necessary to demonstrate how urban agriculture is essential for community development and health. NCFS takes actionable steps to empower residents to become actively involved in reshaping their food system, while gaining control of their health and environment.

January 28, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Online, Anywhere

Free

Wild pollination systems are degrading rapidly, raising concern over an impending ecological catastrophe. Yet most efforts to create pollinator habitat have only increased common species, rather than the range of wild pollinators needed for ecosystem health and resiliency. In this webinar we will explore the critical role of plant selection in designing and planning for pollinators. We'll break down the science behind crop as well as native plant pollination; explore the crucial role that native pollinators play in food security, ecosystem health and climate resiliency; and take a deep dive into farmscape design for native pollinators.

January 24, 2020 - 6:30pm to 10:00pm
Alprilla Farm, Essex

$175 Single $300 Couple

By Chef Stacey Apple

Join us for a night of delicious food and good company to support the work of the Northeast Organic Farming Association’s Massachusetts chapter, NOFA/Mass, prepared by Chef and Farmer Stacey Apple of Iron Ox Farm.
 
Bonfire, beverages and wood fired pizza appetizers followed by farm to table dinner in the greenhouse.

January 11, 2020 (All day)
Worcester State University, Worcester

Variable

Thank you for a fantastic 2020 Winter Conference. Please mark your calendar for next year’s event on Saturday, January 9th, 2021.  

You can view Carey Gillam’s 2020 keynote address on our YouTube page here

If you would like to present your work in organic/regenerative agriculture or sustainable living at the 2021 NOFA/Mass Winter Conference please send a workshop proposal through this form.  

January 10, 2020 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Worcester State University, Worcester

See Below

There is a rising tide of awareness of the risks of glyphosate to human and ecosystem health. With insect and bird populations on the decline, and cancer on the rise (including, alarmingly, cases of childhood cancer) it is imperative that we prioritize actions and policies that make public lands safer for our most vulnerable members of our human and ecological community. Because our federal agencies have failed to protect us from the risks of systemic toxic chemicals, community members must stand up and organize, town by town, to kick out glyphosate and create safe public spaces. 

January 6, 2020 (All day) to January 9, 2020 (All day)
Hampshire College, Amherst

NOFA Members: $500 / Non-members: $600

This 30-hour, 4-day course for land care professionals, master gardeners, and garden educators provides a complete grounding in the principles and practices of creating and maintaining naturally beautiful organic landscapes. 

Over the course of four days, attendees will gain detailed knowledge on ecological soil health, organic fertilizers, mulching, natural pest control, site analysis, organic turfgrass management and lawn alternatives, stormwater management, marketing to the organic marketplace, and more.  

The curriculum is based on NOFA’s internationally-recognized Standards for Land Care: Practices for Design and Maintenance of Ecological Landscapes.These Standards, first published in 2001 and revised semi- annually, extend the vision and practices of organic agriculture to the care of landscapes where we live, work, and play. 

December 10, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Franklin County Technical School, Turners Falls

NOFA Members: $35/ Non-members: $45 (Full Scholarship Available)

Ghee (clarified butter) is a high heat, lactose-free cooking oil used for centuries to relieve digestive disorders, calm the nervous system, and promote overall vitality. Join NOFA/Mass for this hands on experience with our guide Hannah Jacobson-Hardy, founder of Full Moon Ghee. Hannah is a proponent for keeping healthy fats in our diets.  She explains, They are good for the brain and large intestine. They lubricate the joints. Ghee is cooling in the body and can help to heal heat conditions like ulcers and colitis. Good fats also help you absorb nutrients. We have a lot more cows than coconuts here, therefore ghee can be our local cooking oil of New England. After we transform butter into ghee, we'll take it one step further by infusing it with herbs and spices to make herbal ghee. Handouts, recipes, and taste tests provided! Each participant takes home a jar of what we make in class. Check out this great profile and recipe from Hannah Jacobson-Hardy in NOFA/Mass' Organic Food Guide.

November 19, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Online, Anywhere

Free

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

November 12, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Massachusetts State House, Room A-2 24 , Boston

Free

Calling all proponents of a more organic Massachusetts! At a time of insect population collapse, declining bird populations and rising rates of pesticide-related chronic illness, we know that we must address the pervasive use of systemic and toxic pesticides in our school yards, our farm fields and our communities. November 12th 2019 could be a big day for the movement to reduce pesticide use in Massachusetts. Will you help make it so?

November 9, 2019 - 9:00am to 6:00pm
Montague Common Hall, Montague

NOFA Members: $90 / Non-members: $125*

Materials Fee: $65 CASH

Come learn how to make your own short boots from start to finish. Each participant will craft a pair of custom sized leather minimalist style ankle boots. These flat soled boots have no arch support, are very flexible like many barefoot shoes and are great for your next adventure. Our instructor Sarah Shields, will instruct us on the proper use of some simple hand tools during the process of making ‘Farm Shoes’; she says anyone can do it with a little strength (for punching holes) and patience (sewing).  Participants can choose their leather from the available materials, cut their own custom patterns, meet new people and unplug in a creative and relaxed environment. At the end of the day attendees leave with a custom pair handmade leather boots, suggestions for further sourcing of tools and materials, a template for the boots, and the skills to make more.

November 3, 2019 - 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.

October 29, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Online, Anywhere

Free

Jim Schultz and his wife, Annie, own and operate Red Shirt Farm, a diversified, regenerative, no-till farm in western Massachusetts. They employ a wide range of regenerative techniques to grow vegetables, a small orchard, and pastured heritage chickens, turkeys, and pigs. Jim will discuss the critical importance of regenerative growing practices to address environmental challenges and mitigate our climate crisis and then provide specific techniques that can be implemented by small farmers, homesteaders and backyard gardeners. Jim will also touch on his Climate Battery, an innovative method for heating a high tunnel without the use of fossil fuels.

October 27, 2019 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Alprilla Farm, Essex

NOFA Members: $40 / Non-members: $50

Ages 12 and under Free

Are you excited to learn more about the history and practice of fermenting your own fruit to make cider? For about 200 years it was the most common beverage in New England, until its popularity started to decline in the mid-1800s. By the mid-1900s the art and practice of making your own cider had all but vanished into memory.  Join us and our presenter Edgar Foudray for this great hands on experience. Attendees will take turns rinsing, grinding, pressing, pouring, bottling, and of course drinking fresh apple cider.  Our guide Edgar will provide all of the materials for the workshop, including the cider press and grinder, sanitation supplies, food-grade containers, cider fruit, and educational handouts.  Along the way Edgar will speak about the history of cider making in New England, what qualities to look for in the fruit to achieve a good quality finished product, and different approaches and techniques to making hard cider. Participants can bring their own clean bottles if they want to bring home a volume of juice and continue the fermentation process and enjoy their own hard cider. This event is great for people of all ages, so bring the whole family!

October 19, 2019 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Eastfield Mall, Springfield

NOFA Members: $65 / Non-members: $90*

Hemp production is on the rise nationally, as is demand for locally sourced hemp-based products. With that in mind, Massachusetts farmers are diversifying their crop plans. Come learn how hemp fits into your farm. With its broad range of uses, hemp has tremendous potential for cultivation on a large scale as well as for home remedies and value added products. Join NOFA/Mass for this full-day intensive seminar to hear Dr. Heather Darby, lead agronomist on the UVM Industrial Hemp Research Program, present on hemp agronomy, strain genetics, transplant care, soil preparation, fertility needs, pest and disease management, and large scale production techniques. Keith Morris, of Willow Crossing Farm in VT, will focus on how to diversify with hemp and grow for CBD production. He will cover extracting CBD oil on the farm, proper harvest windows and ways to craft a high-quality finished product. Sarah Grubin, MDAR, will provide a thorough overview of the regulations around hemp production in Massachusetts including what farmers need to know to prepare their farms to grow this crop. Stay for a conversation with Marty Dagoberto, NOFA/Mass Policy Director, and other local activists about current advocacy to improve the hemp laws and regulations in Massachusetts and ways to take action.

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.

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