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 11, 2016 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Noonday Farm , Winchendon

NOFA/Mass Member - $30 (Walk-In cost - $35) Non-member - $36 (Walk-in cost - $41)

As the harvest becomes more bountiful, it is time to think about how to preserve summer in jars. This hands-on workshop will focus on lacto-fermentation including sauerkraut, pickles, dilly beans and salsa, all of which will be made with fresh garden produce. During the workshop, attendees will learn the science and health benefits of lacto-fermentation, a process using beneficial microorganisms to preserve and enhance the nutritional value of vegetables. Everyone will have an opportunity to engage in this hands-on workshop by selecting ingredients, weighing, chopping, mixing, preparing jars and packing them. Learn how to fill your own pantry with delicious and nutritious lacto-fermented vegetables so you can enjoy summer all year long! All participants will come away with a beautiful jar filled with kraut or pickles of their own making.

August 28, 2016 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Many Hands Farm, Barre

NOFA/Mass Member - $30 (walk-in $35) Non-member - $38 (walk-in $43)

In this workshop, Julie Rawson and Jack Kittredge will show participants two ages of meat birds, two ages of layers, and brand new turkeys. Participants will learn about the management of these different types of poultry and their relationships to each other, the vegetable (2 acres) and fruit (1 acre) operation, and to the farm’s 8 pigs and 2 cows on this tightly organized and rotated farm system. They will discuss the role and opportunities available with poultry in Soil Carbon Restoration. The workshop covers feed, housing, pasturing, rotations with crops, sprouted grains, brooding, marketing, and finances.

August 12, 2016 (All day) to August 14, 2016 (All day)
Umass, Amherst

2016 Keynoters: Andre Leu & Leah Penniman

Early Bird Discount extended to August 6th!

The Northeast Organic Farming Association’s Summer Conference is the community learning hub of the NOFA universe. We learn, we play, and we enjoy a weekend of skill building, inspiration and entertainment. It is our opportunity to get together and inspire one another during a family friendly weekend with people living the same lifestyle, holding the same vision and working respectively in many ways toward the same goals.

August 3, 2016 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Natick Community Organic Farm, Natick

NOFA/Mass Member - $24 (walk-in $29) Non-member - $30 (walk-in $35)

Join Lynda Simkins, Executive Director of Natick Community Organic Farm, and long-time organic flower grower, and Deena Kanopkin, Flower Manager at Natick Community Organic, out in their beautiful flower beds for this mid-summer workshop. Participants will learn about weed and water management, the tricks to properly dead head and pick, arrangement strategies, season extension, and many other harvest and post-harvest techniques. This is will be a comprehensive learning experience, perfect for those who are just starting or those who would like to ramp up their commercial flower production.

July 25, 2016 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Many Hands Organic Farm, Barre

NOFA/Mass Member - $38 (walk-in $43) Non-member - $50 (walk-in $55)

Multi-species cover crop cocktails can create synergistic ecological benefits for your farm or garden - enhancing biodiversity, efficiently capturing and recycling nutrients, and sequestering carbon in the soil. This workshop will explore how to select, mix, and establish various cover crop mixtures. We will also discuss assessment and quantifying how your cover crop practices are impacting soil health.

July 17, 2016 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Astarte Farm , Hadley

NOFA/Mass Member - $60 (walk-in cost $65) Non-member - $ 75 (walk-in cost $80)

For centuries, biochar has been used throughout the world as a natural and easily-obtained soil amendment that builds microbial communities and long-term fertility in soils. Created through a process known as pyrolysis, biochar adds stable carbon to the soil, functioning to both sequester atmospheric carbon and also an incredibly rich habitat for microbes, nematodes, and fungi that aid in plant nutrient availability. Studies have also shown that biochar can improve cation exchange capacity, reduce nutrient runoff and improve moisture retention properties in soils.

July 10, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm
8 Goodwin Road, Lexington

NOFA/Mass Member - $30 (walk-in $35) Non-member - $38 (walk-in $43)

Spend the afternoon in the goat yard with farmer Allison Houghton and Halé Sofia Schatz, who has over 40 years of experience with holistic human nutrition. We will explore preventative and holistic approaches to goat health and lactation, with a focus on high quality nutrition and behavioral care. This focus supports a healthy herd, longer lactation periods, higher levels of production, and a higher quality product, whether milk, yogurt or cheese.

June 28, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Anywhere, Online

Free

When growing on small acreage is it critical to maximize yields of high value crops to create a profitable business. This workshop will include some growing techniques and some business strategies used by Curtis on his farm, Green City Acres, which grows $80,000 worth of produce on less than an acre of land each year.

June 26, 2016 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Full Kettle Farm, Sunderland

NOFA/Mass Member - $36 Non-member - $45 (Walk-in: NOFA/Mass Member - $41 Non-member - $50)

Learn the ins and outs of commercial medicinal herb production, from field to drying room. Participants will get an overview of the production and planning methodologies that Full Kettle Farm uses. The workshop will also focus on post production handling and herb drying for teas, oils, and other value added products.

June 12, 2016 - 1:30pm to 4:00pm
Wild Browse Farm and Sustainability Center , Wendell

NOFA/Mass Member - $30 Non-member - $38 (Walk-in: NOFA/Mass Member - $35 Non-member - $43)

Join long time orchardists Pru Smith and Sharon Gensler for an afternoon workshop on small-scale homestead orcharding. They’ll demonstrate overall orchard planning, building diversity into plantings, breed selection, practical fruit growing techniques, and soil and plant health. Pru and Sharon will lead participants in an informative and experiential process, using their property, Wild Browse Farm, to demonstrate the importance of a holistic approach to orchard care.

June 8, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Massachusetts State House , Boston

Free

June 8th at Noon - Take your lunch to the State House for a "Labeling Lunch-in!" The Massachusetts legislature has until July 31st to pass a popular GMO labeling law, but it might not happen if we don't demand our right to know what we're eating, visibly and vocally!

May 31, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Anywhere, Online

Free

Sometimes less is more. Learn organization strategies from Ben Hartman, an experienced farmer who has improved his farm management based on Lean principals, originally designed by the Japanese auto industry. Lean allows him to cut waste, increase profit and make his farm more environmentally sustainable.

May 21, 2016 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Greenfield Recreation and Swim Area , Greenfield

NOFA/Mass Member - $24 Non-member - $30 (Walk-in: NOFA/Mass Member - $29 Non-member - $35)

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 respectfully 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 a dense, heavier diet, are you craving more fresh green foods? Join Hannah for an educational walk that includes recipes and tastings.

May 1, 2016 - 9:30am to 4:00pm
Natick Community Organic Farm, Natick

NOFA/Mass Member - $60 Non-member - $75 (Walk-in: NOFA/Mass Member - $65 Non-member - $80)

Korean Natural Farming (KNF) is an agricultural method that encourages self-sustaining, closed loop systems that minimize 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.

April 30, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm
, Greenfield

Pre-registration: NOFA/Mass Member - $30 Non-member - $38 (Walk-in: NOFA/Mass Member - $35 Non-member - $43)

Join instructor Tom Sullivan to learn strategies for planning and planting successful pollinator habitats on your homestead or in your backyard. Pollinator plantings support seed and fruit set for your crops while also attracting beneficial insects and beautifying your land.

April 26, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Anywhere, Online

Free

The key to preventing disease and pest problems in your crops is making sure they have access to key nutrients needed for healthy growth. Learn the role of nitrogen and potassium in plant growth and tips for increasing nitrogen availability in cool spring soils.

April 17, 2016 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Wright-Locke Farm, Winchester

NOFA/Mass Member - $30 Non-member - $38

During this hands-on workshop instructor Dan Bensonoff will share the techniques necessary to grow edible mushrooms in your landscape, whether it be a vegetable garden, orchard or forest. Dan will discuss and demonstrate companion planting with fungi, shiitake log cultivation and explore how to make use of waste materials and neglected spaces through mushroom cultivation. This workshop will primarily focus on Stropharia (Wine Cap) and Shiitake mushrooms, but the techniques participants will learn can be applied to a number of species.

April 13, 2016 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Natick Community Organic Farm , Natick

NOFA/Mass Member - $24 Non-member - $30

Lynda Simkins, Executive Director of Natick Community Organic Farm and long-time organic flower grower, and Deena Kanopkin, Flower Manager at Natick Community Organic, will welcome participants to the farm to learn about all aspects of organic flower production. This first workshop will walk participants through crop planning, record keeping, seeding, transplanting, marketing and selling. This is will be a comprehensive learning experience, perfect for those who are just starting or those who would like to ramp up their commercial flower production.

April 5, 2016 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
State House, Boston

Free

Agriculture Day at the Massachusetts State House is your chance to  speak directly to your state senators and representatives about food and farm-related policy issues.

March 29, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Anywhere, Online

Free

Reducing tillage on your farm can preserve and enhance the microbial ecosystem, improving soil tilth, moisture retention and nutrient availability for your crops. Learn tips for managing a no-till, one acre garden from Liz, who has been managing her market garden with no-till and hand-tillage systems for five years.

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