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

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.

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!

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