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

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.

March 26, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
28 South St. , Ashland

NOFA/Mass Member - $65 Non-member - $82

Join instructor Alan Surprenant, who has been growing fruit trees for over 30 years, to learn the invaluable skills of pruning and grafting. The day-long workshop will take participants through the how, why and when of both pruning and grafting, accompanied by hands-on practice at both. This is an opportunity to add two skills to your repertoire that will improve the health and vigor of your fruit trees.

March 14, 2016 - 9:30am to 4:00pm
Guiding Star Grange , Greenfield

NOFA/Mass Member - $60 Non-member - $75

Northeast farmers who want to maximize production in the shoulder season and serve their markets year round are increasingly relying on high tunnels to extend the growing season. The techniques for successful long term high tunnel production differ greatly from field crops. In this day-long workshop we will discuss common high tunnel production challenges and how to address them.

February 23, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Anywhere, Online

Free

Learn tips for managing rotational grazing and balancing the needs of a healthy heard with the demands of a diversified vegetable farm.

January 31, 2016 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Freedom Food Farm , Raynham

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

Winter markets and CSAs are a great opportunity for farms to diversify their income stream throughout the year. However, it can be challenging to grow greens consistently and choose a crop storage system.

Chuck Currie of southeastern Mass’s Freedom Food Farm has been growing winter greens for over 10 years and has just finished constructing three farm storage areas to accommodate the varied storage requirements of different crops.

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

Free

You’re well being is as important as the success of your farm business. Learn about creating a vision for your farm, and your life that includes goals for profitability, effective resource use and quality of life.

November 7, 2015 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Cricket Creek Farm, Williamstown

NOFA/Mass Member - $100 (Walk-In cost, $115) Non-member - $125 (Walk-in cost, $140)

Come see how Cricket Creek Farm makes their award-winning cheese, Maggies Round! Experience the science and art of cheesemaking, demonstrated in the farmstead creamery! This workshop is perfect for home cheesemakers, avid cooks, cheese lovers, food enthusiasts, or anyone looking to witness a fascinating day in the life of a cheesemaker! Bring a friend and enjoy a glimpse into the Cricket Creek creamery! All participant will leave with their own Maggies Round cheese to enjoy at home.

November 2, 2015 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Alprilla Farm, Essex

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

We will be returning to the North Shore for an afternoon of education and discovery at Alprilla Farm in Essex.

Massachusetts is a place of opportunity for small, diversified, ecologically-sound farming, but, as we found out this season, the agricultural soils of the region are varied and the weather patterns can be extreme.

November 1, 2015 - 12:00pm
Genesis Battlegreen Run, Lexington

Join medal winning Team NOFA/Mass for our 3rd annual 5/10K Run & 5K Walk in Lexington on November 1st.

October 25, 2015 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
Mill River Farm, Mill River

NOFA/Mass Member - $45, Non-member - $57

Attendance at this workshop is very limited and we anticipate the workshop to fill up quickly, pre-registration is highly required.
October 25, 2015 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Heifer Farm, Rutland

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

The Seminar is SOLD-OUT.
Learn techniques for intensively growing vegetables using no-till practices on a commercial scale from Bryan O’Hara, owner and farmer at Tobacco Road Farm in Lebanon, CT. Liz Joseph, Heifer Farm garden manager and host for our workshop, will provide a tour of the Heifer Farm gardens where she has implemented intensive no-till vegetable production techniques over the last five years.

October 18, 2015 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
Mill River Farm, Mill River

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

Attendance at this workshop is very limited and we anticipate the workshop to fill up quickly, pre-registration is highly required..  For more information contact Glenn Oliveira, Education Events Organizer, at glenn@n
October 10, 2015 - 9:00am to 11:30am
Round the Bend Farm, South Dartmouth

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

Learn how to use local vegetables, herbs, and spices to make your own version of kimchi, a traditional Korean method of vegetable fermentation. Use these methods to develop your own signature recipes and eat farm fresh food throughout the winter months!

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.

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