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 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.

March 22, 2015 - 2:00pm to 5:30pm, June 14, 2015 - 2:00pm to 5:30pm, September 13, 2015 - 2:00pm to 5:30pm
Brix Bounty Farm , Dartmouth

Entire Series, NOFA/Mass Member - $90 Entire Series, Non-member - $112 Individual Workshop, NOFA/Mass Member - $36 Individual Workshop, Non-member - $45

Learn about profitable, small-scale vegetable production throughout the 2015 growing season at Brix Bounty Farm.  Participants will see and experience how Brix Bounty’s production evolves from early season fertility and plant propagation to mid-season management and fall harvest rhythms.  The wor

August 30, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm
Noonday Farm , Winchendon

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

As the harvest really increases, it is time to think about how you are going to preserve all of those wonderful vegetables. The first workshop in our Fall Food Preservation series will focus on lacto-fermented pickles, dilly beans and salsa. These have long been a staple of Beth Ingham and Noonday Farm’s pantry.

August 23, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm
Old Frog Pond Farm , Harvard

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

A sculptor, Linda Hoffman never expected to become an organic apple grower until she moved to a farmhouse in Harvard, Massachusetts with an old orchard. The first time she walked through the orchard, she couldn’t find any fruit. Wild sumac and thorny brambles crawled between the trees, and poison ivy vines snaked around the gnarled trunks. It hadn’t been tended for years. She decided she would bring the trees back and do it organically. With the help of some good mentors, in 2006 Old Frog Pond became the first pick your own certified organic orchard in the state.

August 14, 2015 (All day) to August 16, 2015 (All day)
Umass, Amherst

TBA

2015 Keynoters confirmed: Consumer activist, Ronnie Cummins & Nutritional Consultant, Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride

This year’s conference will focus on the theme “Healing the Climate, Healing Ourselves: Regeneration through Microbiology.” 2015’s keynote speakers are Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, medical doctor and nutritional consultant, and Ronnie Cummins, consumer activist and regenerative agriculture advocate.

July 29, 2015 - 3:00pm to 5:30pm
Natick Community Organic Farm , Natick

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

During this mid-summer workshop, Lynda Simkins, Executive Director of Natick Community Organic Farm and long-time organic flower grower, will welcome participants to the farm to learn about all aspects of organic flower production. The workshop will explore harvest and post-harvest of certified organic cut flowers, weed management, marketing and selling, and strategies for season extension. This is fantastic opportunity for those who are just starting or those who would like to transition to organic flower production.

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