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

September 29, 2012 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm
River of Life Church, Jamaica Plain

$25 NOFA members, $30 non-members

You have planned and grown an amazing garden! You are enjoying the fruits of your labor but feel a bit overwhelmed by the bounty - its time to learn how to put some of it up for later! Come on by and play with us as we learn the basics of boiling water bath canning and pressure canning. We will prepare some recipes for each type of food preservation using fresh organic fruits and vegetables.

September 22, 2012 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Brookline High School, Brookline

$30

Don't let summer's waning days put an early end to your gardening activity! Come learn which established crops will thrive in your garden through fall, and what you can still plant in September (and even October) in order to maximize your garden's late-season potential - no greenhouse needed!

September 15, 2012 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Lindentree Farm, Lincoln

On our farm, we're aiming to respond to soil tests with strategies for increasing availability of nutrients and improve quality of selected crops. We will demonstrate and explain our practices for foliar feeding and fertigation in vegetable production as well as several cover-cropping strategies we use. Some control plots demonstrate the effectiveness of these techniques. This will be our third season using these methods on parts of our 14 acre farm.
Lincoln, MA

September 15, 2012 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Brookline High School, Brookline

$15-30

Don't let summer's waning days put an early end to your gardening activity! Come learn which established crops will thrive in your garden through fall, and what you can still plant in September (and even October) in order to maximize your garden's late-season potential - no greenhouse needed!

September 8, 2012 - 9:00am
Noonday Farm, Home of B. Ingham, Winchendon Springs

We will make sauerkraut, pickles, kimchee, beet kvass and maybe something else together. If you choose, bring your own jars, salt, whey and vegetables and make your own products with my guidance all day!

August 25, 2012 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Blue Hill Farm, Great Barrington

Blue Hill Farm, 398 Blue Hill Rd, Great Barrington, MA 01230
Saturday, August 25, 9am-12pm

July 22, 2012 - 9:00am to 1:00pm
Many Hands Organic Farm, Barre

On less than 3 acres of vegetable and small fruit land we gross $93,000. On roughly 6 acres for our meat chickens, layers, pigs, steers and turkeys, we gross $46,000. We will cover seedlings, fertility management - manure (including intricate animal rotations), dry fertilizers, biologicals, fertigation and foliars - cover and undersowing crops, mulches and compost. We will demonstrate drip irrigation, foliar feeding, our new vermi-composting experiment in our hoop house, and animal systems.
Barre, MA

July 15, 2012 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Moon in the Pond Farm, Sheffield

Moon in the Pond Farm, 816 Barnum Street, Sheffield, MA
Sunday, July 15, 2pm-5pm

June 30, 2012 - 9:30am to 12:00pm
Misty Brook Farm, Barre

Misty Brook Farm, 830 Springhill Road, Barre, MA
Saturday, June 30, 9am-12pm

June 23, 2012 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Simple Gifts Farm, North Amherst

This workshop will explain our crop rotation, management systems for the animals, as well as touching on the mineral and liquid fertilizers that we use to supplement the fertility generated by our animals and forage crops.

June 17, 2012 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Brix Bounty Farm, Dartmouth

Addressing mineral deficiencies through foliar sprays may improve crop vigor and vitality; and thereby increase root exudates which feed soil biology.

June 16, 2012 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Home of Josh Richardson, Northbourough

This workshop focuses on incorporating a small coop into a small yard in an urban/suburban environment.

June 9, 2012 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Golden Oak Farm, Hatfield

Learn to select breeds; set up a brooder; raise day old chicks; deal with predator pressure; improve pasture grass and forbs; and provide adequate housing, feed, and supplementation.

May 12, 2012 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Boston Nature Center, Mattapan

Splitting hives can be very useful for a number of reasons - swarm control, apiary increase, honey production. Jean-Claude will go over various splitting techniques and will demonstrate one of those techniques in the apiary. This is a hands-on workshop. Please bring protective clothing (pants, long sleeves, veil) if you want to be in direct contact with the action.

May 12, 2012 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
East Quabbin Land Trust, Hardwick

A) Save the World, Grow and Eat more 100% Grass Fed Beef, $35
East Quabbin Land Trust, 120 Ridge Road, Hardwick, MA 01037 ***pot-luck lunch at 12 noon grass-fed burgers and buns will be served. Please bring a small salad or desert to share.
Saturday, May 12, 10am-3pm,

May 12, 2012 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Boston Nature Center, Mattapan

Beginning Beekeeping

Saturday, May 12 9:00am-11am
Boston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill
Mattapan, MA
$25 NOFA members / $30 non-members

May 12, 2012 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Brix Bounty Farm, Dartmouth

Starting strong seedlings is an essential step toward maximizing yields. Our seed starting program includes inoculation, seed soaking, drenching, and foliar. In addition, we'll focus on steps taken to ensure transplants develop a vigorous root system after transplanting and thereby increase the potential for crop health and production.

May 5, 2012 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Noonday Farm, Home of B. Ingham, Winchendon Springs

Noonday Farm raises about 5000 lbs of produce annually, the majority of which is donated to soup kitchens and food pantries. The gardens are formed raised beds which are covered in mulch, not tilled, and renewed each year with sifted compost made on site. This workshop will show all the facets of our farming methods, compost building and sifting, tool care, seed starting in the attached greenhouse, crop spacing and timing, transplanting, companion planting, and all the tricks we have learned by trial and error. Come to ask questions, and get inspired to create your own garden or learn a few new ideas.

April 28, 2012 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Brookline High School, Brookline

This workshop explores a variety of compost methods, including: efficient Microbes, vermiculture, tumblers, barrels, and plain old piles. Presenter Allison Fastman will talk about what methods are best for different situations, what can and cannot be composted with each system, rat and pest control, Nitrogen and Carbon balance, and how to collect and use compost tea.

April 21, 2012 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
High Meadow Farm, Hubbardston

Learn to raise chicks from day-old until slaughter. Participants will visit the chicken coop where laying hens are housed in winter and where baby chicks get started in the spring. There will be a demonstration of the chicken tractors where meat birds and layers are kept from April to December. Other topics include: breeds; predator control; and electric and non-electric fencing. Geared to beginners, this workshop will show how fun and easy it is to produce your own delicious eggs and succulent, juicy chicken.

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