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 5, 2015 - 9:00am to 5:30pm
Cricket Creek Farm, Williamstown

NOFA/Mass Member - $75 Non-member - $94

Passionate about purveying profitable pastures? Did you know the answers are right under your feet? Join in on the “grass whispering” with veteran grass farmer and grazing professional Troy Bishopp as he leads participants through the plant-animal-microbe dynamic of managing grazing land. Workshop topics will include practical goal-setting; pasture planning and recordkeeping; measuring grass production and fertility; grazing management techniques; reading the soil surface; improving animal and financial performance; infrastructure concerns: and learning to use pasture systems that reduce stress and fun to use.

October 3, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Full Kettle Farm, Sunderland

NOFA/Mass Member - $25 (Walk-In cost, $30) Non-member - $31 (Walk-in cost, $36)

Learn to identify and use wild and cultivated medicinal herbs with Hannah Jacobson-Hardy, holistic health coach and community herbalist of Sweet Birch Herbals. After a tour of Full Kettle Farm, a one-acre herb farm, participants will learn how to respectively harvest plants and how to preserve them for the winter. Join Hannah for this hands-on workshop with demonstrations of making herbal preparations such as teas, tinctures, vinegars, syrups, elixirs, and oils.

September 27, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm
Noonday Farm, Winchendon,

NOFA/Mass Member - $25 (Walk-In cost, $30) Non-member - $31 (Walk-in cost, $36)

THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Fermented cabbage, better known as sauerkraut, is a easy, healthy and efficient way to store those heads of cabbage abundant this time of year. Sauerkraut is made by combining cabbage, salt and other herbs or vegetables and letting them mingle with friendly lactic acid bacteria, including Leuconostoc, Lactobacillus, and Pediococcus. These bacteria help to create that yummy, tangy, acidic sauerkraut taste, and are a great way to introduce beneficial microbes to your body.

September 26, 2015 - 3:30pm to 8:00pm
Many Hands Organic Farm, Barre

$75, pre-registration is required.

Join us for a fall farm dinner at the working farm home of the NOFA/Mass Executive Director and Policy Director, Many Hands Organic Farm (MHOF). Participants will savor a fresh, healthful, organic and uniquely delicious dinner, lovingly grown and prepared by Julie Rawson, Jack Kittredge and the MHOF staff. Enjoy an intimate pre-dinner tour of the MHOF fruit operation - large, small and minor certified organic fruit, led by Julie and Jack.

September 22, 2015 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Pete and Jen's Backyard Birds and Farmyard, Sudbury

NOFA/Mass Member - $20 (Walk-In cost, $25) Non-member - $25 (Walk-in cost, $30)

Join us at Pete and Jen’s Backyard Birds and Farmyard for an in-depth workshop and farm tour focused on successfully raising pastured poultry. Pete and Jen will go into detail on breed selection, brooding practices, pasture management, rotations, quality assurance, health concerns, crating, preparing for slaughter and slaughter details. At workshop time Pete and Jen will have meat chickens, egg layers and turkeys on the farm, and will cover the nuances of the different types of poultry.

March 22, 2015 - 2:00pm to 5:30pm, June 14, 2015 - 2:00pm to 5:30pm, September 13, 2015 - 2:00pm to 5:30pm
Brix Bounty Farm , Dartmouth

Entire Series, NOFA/Mass Member - $90 Entire Series, Non-member - $112 Individual Workshop, NOFA/Mass Member - $36 Individual Workshop, Non-member - $45

Learn about profitable, small-scale vegetable production throughout the 2015 growing season at Brix Bounty Farm.  Participants will see and experience how Brix Bounty’s production evolves from early season fertility and plant propagation to mid-season management and fall harvest rhythms.  The wor

August 30, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm
Noonday Farm , Winchendon

NOFA/Mass Member - $25 (Walk-In cost, $30) Non-member - $31 (Walk-in cost, $36)

As the harvest really increases, it is time to think about how you are going to preserve all of those wonderful vegetables. The first workshop in our Fall Food Preservation series will focus on lacto-fermented pickles, dilly beans and salsa. These have long been a staple of Beth Ingham and Noonday Farm’s pantry.

August 23, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm
Old Frog Pond Farm , Harvard

NOFA/Mass Member - $25 (Walk-In cost, $30) Non-member - $31 (Walk-in cost, $36)

A sculptor, Linda Hoffman never expected to become an organic apple grower until she moved to a farmhouse in Harvard, Massachusetts with an old orchard. The first time she walked through the orchard, she couldn’t find any fruit. Wild sumac and thorny brambles crawled between the trees, and poison ivy vines snaked around the gnarled trunks. It hadn’t been tended for years. She decided she would bring the trees back and do it organically. With the help of some good mentors, in 2006 Old Frog Pond became the first pick your own certified organic orchard in the state.

August 14, 2015 (All day) to August 16, 2015 (All day)
Umass, Amherst

TBA

2015 Keynoters confirmed: Consumer activist, Ronnie Cummins & Nutritional Consultant, Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride

This year’s conference will focus on the theme “Healing the Climate, Healing Ourselves: Regeneration through Microbiology.” 2015’s keynote speakers are Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, medical doctor and nutritional consultant, and Ronnie Cummins, consumer activist and regenerative agriculture advocate.

July 29, 2015 - 3:00pm to 5:30pm
Natick Community Organic Farm , Natick

NOFA/Mass Member - $25 (Walk-In cost, $30) Non-member - $31 (Walk-in cost, $36)

During this mid-summer workshop, Lynda Simkins, Executive Director of Natick Community Organic Farm and long-time organic flower grower, will welcome participants to the farm to learn about all aspects of organic flower production. The workshop will explore harvest and post-harvest of certified organic cut flowers, weed management, marketing and selling, and strategies for season extension. This is fantastic opportunity for those who are just starting or those who would like to transition to organic flower production.

July 12, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm
Old Frog Pond Farm , Harvard

NOFA/Mass Member - $25 (Walk-In cost, $30) Non-member - $31 (Walk-in cost, $36)

EVENT IS CURRENTLY SOLD OUT
Join Linda Hoffman and Charlotte Trim for an afternoon of berry talk. We’ll meet at Old Frog Pond Farm in Harvard where Linda grows 1/3 acre of fall raspberries for her pick your own operation and blueberries for their farm stand. Charlotte grows berries, goumis, and currants at her home in Lincoln and sells her crop to local restaurants. We’ll talk about remineralizing the soil, foliar sprays, and getting your raspberries healthy enough to ward off the the Asian fruit fly that arrived in the Northeast in 2011 and has been a challenge for small fruit growers. Join us for an enjoyable and informative afternoon.

March 22, 2015 - 2:00pm to 5:30pm, June 14, 2015 - 2:00pm to 5:30pm, September 13, 2015 - 2:00pm to 5:30pm
Brix Bounty Farm , Dartmouth

Entire Series, NOFA/Mass Member - $90 Entire Series, Non-member - $112 Individual Workshop, NOFA/Mass Member - $36 Individual Workshop, Non-member - $45

Learn about profitable, small-scale vegetable production throughout the 2015 growing season at Brix Bounty Farm.  Participants will see and experience how Brix Bounty’s production evolves from early season fertility and plant propagation to mid-season management and fall harvest rhythms.  The wor

May 17, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Greenfield Recreation and Swim Area , Greenfield

NOFA/Mass Member - $25 (Walk-In cost, $30) Non-member - $31 (Walk-in cost, $36)

Learn to identify edible wild plants and medicinal herbs with Hannah Jacobson-Hardy, holistic health coach and community herbalist of Sweet Birch Herbals. Participants will learn how to respectively harvest each plant and use them for making salads, soups, and skin care products. We’ll be identifying spring ephemerals such as ramps, dandelion, Japanese knotweed shoots, burdock root, and nettles, which are deliciously pungent and bitter treats that promote spring cleansing. After a winter of eating dense, heavier foods, are you craving more fresh green foods? Join Hannah for an educational walk that includes recipes and tastings.

May 3, 2015 - 10:00am to 4:30pm
Frohloff Farm , Ware

NOFA/Mass Member - $45 (Walk-In cost, $55) Non-member - $57 (Walk-in cost, $67)

EVENT IS CURRENTLY SOLD OUT
At this hands on workshop Jake Levin, The Roving Butcher, will lead participants in the slaughter, bleeding, scalding, evisceration, and eventually the break down into various pork cuts, of a market weight pig. There will be a tour of the historic 95-acre Frohloff Farm, 20 acres of which are managed as a hog operation by farmer Bill St. Croix.

April 26, 2015 - 9:30am to 4:30pm
Many Hands Organic Farm, Barre

NOFA/Mass Member - $48 Non-member - $60

EVENT IS CURRENTLY SOLD OUT.
Korean Natural Farming (KNF) is an agricultural method that encourages self-sustaining, closed loop systems through minimizing external inputs. Developed by Master Han Kyu Cho in South Korea, KNF echoes many of the principles central to Masanobu Fukuoka’s Natural Farming technique as well as Permaculture. This all-day, hands-on workshop will focus on both the philosophies and the practices of KNF. Workshop attendees will learn to make various KNF inputs such as Indigenous Microorganism (IMO) soil inoculant, Fish Amino Acids, Water-soluble Calcium, and Oriental Herbal Nutrient. KNF is applicable to many types and scales of farming, from backyard veggie gardening to larger scale livestock operations. Students will walk away from the workshop equipped with the knowledge to implement KNF practices on their own farm or garden.

April 12, 2015 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Alprilla Farm , Essex

NOFA/Mass Member - $40 (Walk-In cost, $50) Non-member - $50 (Walk-in cost, $60)

Presenters Mark Fulford, Noah Kellerman and Tom Akin will address the specific types of soils in the region and present strategies to alter production methods to work with and build on these natural resources.

April 5, 2015 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
Noonday Farm, Winchendon Springs

NOFA/Mass Member - $25 Non-member - $31

RESCHEDULED from March 8th.

March 22, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm
Old Frog Pond Farm, Harvard

NOFA/Mass Member - $25 Non-member - $31

Peach trees are both beautiful and generous. With a little care peach trees are delightfully delicious, early bearing and relatively easy to grow. During this hands-on, interactive workshop, we will look at peach varieties and practical care of trees.

March 22, 2015 - 2:00pm to 5:30pm, June 14, 2015 - 2:00pm to 5:30pm, September 13, 2015 - 2:00pm to 5:30pm
Brix Bounty Farm , Dartmouth

Entire Series, NOFA/Mass Member - $90 Entire Series, Non-member - $112 Individual Workshop, NOFA/Mass Member - $36 Individual Workshop, Non-member - $45

Learn about profitable, small-scale vegetable production throughout the 2015 growing season at Brix Bounty Farm.  Participants will see and experience how Brix Bounty’s production evolves from early season fertility and plant propagation to mid-season management and fall harvest rhythms.  The wor

February 22, 2015 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Freedom Food Farm, Raynham

NOFA/Mass Member - $25 Non-member - $31

UPDATE: Due to anticipated inclement weather this weekend, the "Producing Greens for a Winter CSA" workshop has been postponed until further notice.  We anticipate rescheduling the workshop and will update this page on Monday, February 23rd with new information.

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