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 25, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ivory Silo Farm, Westport

NOFA Members: $12 / Non-members: $15

 

Bill Braun and Dee Levanti grow in two unheated high tunnels in the winter, also utilizing two unheated low tunnels and a new heated, MDAR-funded propogation house for seedling production. In this 2-hour farm tour, Bill and Dee will share what they have learned about the most efficient and effective way to use their season extension structures within their operation. They will review their winter greens (primarily kale, chard, and cold-hardy asian greens) production strategy-- including timing and varieties for planting. The hoophouses are not used for aggressive summer production but rather are rested in summer to maximize winter production. Dee and Bill will also explain how they use their tunnels for seed breeding and saving to increase the self-reliance of their operation and the regional adaptability of their seed supply. Dee, who works for MDAR, will also give a brief overview of the grant program that funded their greenhouse for those who are interested in applying to expand their farm infrastructure.

March 23, 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Farm Shoes Handmade , Shutesbury

$65 + materials fee* NOFA/Mass Members / $78 + materials fee* General Public

*$50 material fee due at the workshop

*This event is sold out. We are currently considering dates for a fall class; please check back for details.*

Come learn how to make your own shoes from raw materials in a bright, sunny, solar- powered home & farm! Each participant will learn to make a pair of beautiful leather "barefoot" or "minimalist" sneakers, from start (tracing our feet) to finish (wearing them home). Choose your color (or color combination), personalize your shoes, meet new people and unplug in a creative and relaxed environment.

March 23, 2019 - 8:45am to 9:45am
Western Mass Master Gardener Association's Spring Gardening Symposium, South Deerfield

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.

March 10, 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Republican Masonic Lodge, Greenfield

NOFA Members: $80 / Non-members: $100*

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

This one-day advanced seminar will show how small-scale organic farming practices can be used to make a profitable livelihood throughout the year. Learn about efficient farm systems, innovative techniques of growing and crop storage for extending the season for profit, winter greens production in tunnels, intuitive methods for tracking farm productivity, and marketing techniques for success.

February 26, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Online, Anywhere

Free

For most of civilization - until the last 100 years or so - farmer and plant breeder were the same thing. If we are to ensure true food security and fortify a resilient agriculture, we must do it from the ground up. That means restoring the farmer's role as participant in our co-evolution with food and medicinal plants, rather than mere recipient. It is no longer appropriate to simply outsource this responsibility to 'the experts'; we must work together to tackle climate disruption and its implications for our foodshed

February 9, 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Round the Bend Farm , South Dartmouth

NOFA and YFN Members: $35 / Non-members: $45

“Without seed security, there is no food security.” – Vandana Shiva 

    Seeds are not merely an input among inputs on our farms or in our gardens; they are the heart and soul, the very blueprints of life.  How seeds are grown and selected, and who controls their growth and distribution, determine how we are able to feed ourselves.

    With the massive consolidation in the previous decades of the seed industry, a handful of multinational corporations control a majority of the world’s seed through various forms of intellectual property.  Consequently, there has been an unprecedented loss of diversity within seed world, as companies are bought out and varieties are replaced or dropped altogether. Further, seed that is bioregionally adapted to particular locations, and varieties with robust genetic diversity – two crucial components for resilience amidst climate chaos – have declined dramatically, supplanted in large part by a one-size-fits-most approach to plant breeding.  Seed has lost its place, and the public commons has undergone a startling erosion of public-domain germplasm – the very poems handed down by previous generations through tireless observation and selection for the current generations to expand upon.

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

Free

Most of us are familiar with the CSA model: Customers pay farmers in the spring, then pick up their "share" of the harvest throughout the growing season. After six seasons of running an 80 share CSA farm, Noah and Sophie Courser-Kellerman of Alprilla Farm shifted their "CSA Season" from June-October to October-February. In essence, they are now able to focus on growing all summer and then marketing all winter.

January 12, 2019 (All day)
Worcester State University, Worcester

$99 - $145 | Walk-in rates add $10 | All Youth $10/child

Plant nutrition, personal health and soil restoration take a front seat at this year’s annual NOFA/Mass Winter Conference as we explore the theme Food As Medicine on January 12, 2019. We will dig deep knowledge and experience of the amazing community of NOFA farmers, gardeners, foodies and health practitioners with three all-day intensives, 60+ workshops and 70 experienced and knowledgeable exhibitors. This year’s Winter Conference unifies our community with connection and camaraderie, carrying on the tradition of sharing experience, enthusiasm and passion for good food, good soil and good health.
December 18, 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.

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.

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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.

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