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

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

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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.

July 12, 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)

EVENT IS CURRENTLY SOLD OUT
Join Linda Hoffman and Charlotte Trim for an afternoon of berry talk. We’ll meet at Old Frog Pond Farm in Harvard where Linda grows 1/3 acre of fall raspberries for her pick your own operation and blueberries for their farm stand. Charlotte grows berries, goumis, and currants at her home in Lincoln and sells her crop to local restaurants. We’ll talk about remineralizing the soil, foliar sprays, and getting your raspberries healthy enough to ward off the the Asian fruit fly that arrived in the Northeast in 2011 and has been a challenge for small fruit growers. Join us for an enjoyable and informative afternoon.

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

May 17, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Greenfield Recreation and Swim Area , Greenfield

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

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

May 3, 2015 - 10:00am to 4:30pm
Frohloff Farm , Ware

NOFA/Mass Member - $45 (Walk-In cost, $55) Non-member - $57 (Walk-in cost, $67)

EVENT IS CURRENTLY SOLD OUT
At this hands on workshop Jake Levin, The Roving Butcher, will lead participants in the slaughter, bleeding, scalding, evisceration, and eventually the break down into various pork cuts, of a market weight pig. There will be a tour of the historic 95-acre Frohloff Farm, 20 acres of which are managed as a hog operation by farmer Bill St. Croix.

April 26, 2015 - 9:30am to 4:30pm
Many Hands Organic Farm, Barre

NOFA/Mass Member - $48 Non-member - $60

EVENT IS CURRENTLY SOLD OUT.
Korean Natural Farming (KNF) is an agricultural method that encourages self-sustaining, closed loop systems through minimizing 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. This all-day, hands-on workshop will focus on both the philosophies and the practices of KNF. Workshop attendees will learn to make various KNF inputs such as Indigenous Microorganism (IMO) soil inoculant, Fish Amino Acids, Water-soluble Calcium, and Oriental Herbal Nutrient. KNF is applicable to many types and scales of farming, from backyard veggie gardening to larger scale livestock operations. Students will walk away from the workshop equipped with the knowledge to implement KNF practices on their own farm or garden.

April 12, 2015 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Alprilla Farm , Essex

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

Presenters Mark Fulford, Noah Kellerman and Tom Akin will address the specific types of soils in the region and present strategies to alter production methods to work with and build on these natural resources.

April 5, 2015 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
Noonday Farm, Winchendon Springs

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

RESCHEDULED from March 8th.

March 22, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm
Old Frog Pond Farm, Harvard

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

Peach trees are both beautiful and generous. With a little care peach trees are delightfully delicious, early bearing and relatively easy to grow. During this hands-on, interactive workshop, we will look at peach varieties and practical care of trees.

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

February 22, 2015 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Freedom Food Farm, Raynham

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

UPDATE: Due to anticipated inclement weather this weekend, the "Producing Greens for a Winter CSA" workshop has been postponed until further notice.  We anticipate rescheduling the workshop and will update this page on Monday, February 23rd with new information.

February 15, 2015 - 9:00am to 1:00pm
Red Fire Farm, Granby

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

This workshop will focus on the techniques and infrastructure that Red Fire Farm has used to scale up their production of winter greens so they can grow plenty of greens for their CSA members and markets.  These will include greenhouses, high tunnels, low tunnels, seeding and harvesting methods,

February 11, 2015 (All day) to February 12, 2015 (All day)
First Churches , Northampton

By Feb 10: NOFA/BFA member $125; Non-member $156

There is a limited amount of scholarship funding available to NOFA and BFA members in financial need. If you are willing to work for 2 hours, we will credit you $50 off your conference registration.

February 8, 2015 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Natick Community Organic Farm, Natick

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

Natick Community Organic Farm systems include passive solar greenhouses – one free standing and another attached to the barn - and unheated hoop houses with both single and double layer covers.

February 1, 2015 (All day) to February 10, 2015 (All day)
Kittredge Farm, North Brookfield

$500 - NOFA/Mass Member $625 - Non-Member

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about masonry heaters and how to build/install one yourself with renowned masonry heater designer and builder, Albie Barden of Maine Wood Heat.

December 4, 2014 - 9:30am to 4:00pm
Bristol Community College, Jackson Art Center, Room H209/H210, Fall River

The seminar explains how environmental factors, including toxic exposures and processed and nutrient-poor foods, are causing a range of chronic and degenerative illnesses in the population. The seminar addresses details of treating and preventing conditions including autism, auto-immune disease, and Alzheimer's by healing the gut and preventing inflammation in the brain. The treatments addressed will focus on nutritional approaches to provide excellent quality nutrition using organic and whole foods. Specific attention will be given to the Specific Carbohydrate diet, developed by Elaine Gottschall and the Gut and Psychology Syndrome diet, developed by Natasha Campbell-Mcbride.

November 3, 2014 - 9:00am to 5:15pm
Heifer International , Rutland

$75 Member; $94 Non-member

Would you like to build the health of your soil; produce great meat; improve your family’s health; and combat climate change? You can do all of this—and make a profit—by raising 100% grass-fed beef. Join us for a one-day conference with Ridge Shinn, an expert in grass-fed-and-finished beef production, who will share with us the critical lessons he has learned:

September 27, 2014 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Alprilla Farm, Essex

$25 NOFA members; $31 non-members

Have you ever still been hungry after eating a big, homegrown salad and wished that you grew something more…substantial?  Grains and beans can be grown and harvested at any scale to add diversity to your dinner table, CSA share, farm stand, and crop rotation.

September 19, 2014 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Sidehill Farm, Hawley

$12 for NOFA members, $15 for non-members (includes lunch)

This on-farm workshop for dairy farmers and those considering dairying in Massachusetts will include a pasture walk, tour of the farm’s dairy and yogurt-processing plant, and conversations with a range of experts in the field, including:

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