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 15, 2015 - 9:00am to 1:00pm
Red Fire Farm, Granby

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

This workshop will focus on the techniques and infrastructure that Red Fire Farm has used to scale up their production of winter greens so they can grow plenty of greens for their CSA members and markets.  These will include greenhouses, high tunnels, low tunnels, seeding and harvesting methods,

February 11, 2015 (All day) to February 12, 2015 (All day)
First Churches , Northampton

By Feb 10: NOFA/BFA member $125; Non-member $156

There is a limited amount of scholarship funding available to NOFA and BFA members in financial need. If you are willing to work for 2 hours, we will credit you $50 off your conference registration.

February 8, 2015 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Natick Community Organic Farm, Natick

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

Natick Community Organic Farm systems include passive solar greenhouses – one free standing and another attached to the barn - and unheated hoop houses with both single and double layer covers.

February 1, 2015 (All day) to February 10, 2015 (All day)
Kittredge Farm, North Brookfield

$500 - NOFA/Mass Member $625 - Non-Member

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about masonry heaters and how to build/install one yourself with renowned masonry heater designer and builder, Albie Barden of Maine Wood Heat.

December 4, 2014 - 9:30am to 4:00pm
Bristol Community College, Jackson Art Center, Room H209/H210, Fall River

The seminar explains how environmental factors, including toxic exposures and processed and nutrient-poor foods, are causing a range of chronic and degenerative illnesses in the population. The seminar addresses details of treating and preventing conditions including autism, auto-immune disease, and Alzheimer's by healing the gut and preventing inflammation in the brain. The treatments addressed will focus on nutritional approaches to provide excellent quality nutrition using organic and whole foods. Specific attention will be given to the Specific Carbohydrate diet, developed by Elaine Gottschall and the Gut and Psychology Syndrome diet, developed by Natasha Campbell-Mcbride.

November 3, 2014 - 9:00am to 5:15pm
Heifer International , Rutland

$75 Member; $94 Non-member

Would you like to build the health of your soil; produce great meat; improve your family’s health; and combat climate change? You can do all of this—and make a profit—by raising 100% grass-fed beef. Join us for a one-day conference with Ridge Shinn, an expert in grass-fed-and-finished beef production, who will share with us the critical lessons he has learned:

September 27, 2014 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Alprilla Farm, Essex

$25 NOFA members; $31 non-members

Have you ever still been hungry after eating a big, homegrown salad and wished that you grew something more…substantial?  Grains and beans can be grown and harvested at any scale to add diversity to your dinner table, CSA share, farm stand, and crop rotation.

September 19, 2014 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Sidehill Farm, Hawley

$12 for NOFA members, $15 for non-members (includes lunch)

This on-farm workshop for dairy farmers and those considering dairying in Massachusetts will include a pasture walk, tour of the farm’s dairy and yogurt-processing plant, and conversations with a range of experts in the field, including:

September 11, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Central Square Cambridge Public Library, Cambridge

Free

Want to learn more about GMOs? See the film: Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives

September 2, 2014 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Immanuel Lutheran Church, Amherst

$45 NOFA members; $54 non-members

Spend the day with Dr. Christine Jones. Dr. Christine Jones is an internationally-acclaimed agricultural consultant with a specific message regarding sequestration of carbon and humus development through appropriate agricultural practices. According to Dr. Jones, photosynthesis operating at full capacity is the critical element in soil humification. Among the many benefits of high-humus soils are an abundance of soil micro-organisms which manage and make available to the plants a broad range of minerals; more effective water management; and more vibrant plant health through improved plant immunity. Dr. Jones’ work focuses on how to maximize photosynthesis through biological processes. Her message is appropriate for anyone who raises food, for those who focus on conserving our natural resources, and for climate activists.

September 1, 2014 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Newton Community Farm, Newton

$45 NOFA members; $54 non-members

Spend the day with Dr. Christine Jones. Dr. Christine Jones is an internationally-acclaimed agricultural consultant with a specific message regarding sequestration of carbon and humus development through appropriate agricultural practices. According to Dr. Jones, photosynthesis operating at full capacity is the critical element in soil humification. Among the many benefits of high-humus soils are an abundance of soil micro-organisms which manage and make available to the plants a broad range of minerals; more effective water management; and more vibrant plant health through improved plant immunity. Dr. Jones’ work focuses on how to maximize photosynthesis through biological processes. Her message is appropriate for anyone who raises food, for those who focus on conserving our natural resources, and for climate activists.

August 29, 2014 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Natick Community Organic Farm, South Natick

$25 NOFA members $31 non NOFA members

Workshop Overview August 29: In part 2 of this two-part workshop we will explore harvest and post harvest of certified organic cut flowers, weed management, marketing and selling, and strategies for season extens

August 8, 2014 (All day) to August 10, 2014 (All day)
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

The Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Summer Conference takes place August 8-10, 2014 at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA.
Saturday keynote: Dr. Elaine Ingham is a soils specialist, scientist, and researcher teaching farmers to foster soil microbial life.

July 1, 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Sixteen Acres Branch Library, Springfield

Free

Want to learn more about GMOs? See the film: Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives

June 29, 2014 - 10:00am to 4:30pm
Many Hands Organic Farm, Barre

$40 NOFA members; $48 non-members

At this hands on workshop, with the help of Many Hand’s farm tractor and bucket, Jake Levin will lead us in the slaughter of a four month old pig, bleed it, scald it in a cast iron bathtub, eviscerate it, and eventually cut it into standard pork cuts. A tour of the Many Hands Organic Farm certified organic pig operation will be included.

June 28, 2014 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Nantucket Mushrooms LLC, Chatham

$32 NOFA members; $38 non-members

Event is Canceled

June 24, 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Winthrop Public Library, Winthrop

Free

Want to learn more about GMOs? See the film: Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives

June 23, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
West Springfield Library, W. Springfield

Free

Want to learn more about GMOs? See the film: Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives

June 21, 2014 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Silva Residence, Westport

$25 NOFA members; $31 non-members

In this workshop participants will learn how to site swales in the landscape and lay out a swale on contour using an A-Frame level. They will then design a plant polyculture that is suitable for a Linear Food Forest Swale and help plant an existing swale with Food Forest trees and perennial vegetables! Wear your “get dirty” clothes.

June 21, 2014 - 9:00am to June 22, 2014 - 4:00pm
Many Hands Organic Farm, Barre

Instructors:  Julie Rawson, Executive Director, NOFA/Mass Jack Kittredge, Policy Director, NOFA/Mass

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