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

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Past Events

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.

February 18, 2012 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Brix Bounty Farm, Dartmouth

Instructor: Derek Christianson farms at Brix Bounty Farm. The farm takes advantage of the mild climate on the Southcoast for growing greens in winter.

February 4, 2012 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Simple Gifts Farm, North Amherst

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