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

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.

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.

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