Would you like to learn the most effective methods to ensure your garden is productive all season long? Deepen your garden knowledge by joining us for another session of our online Resilient Garden Series. Whether you are new to gardening or have many years of experience, there are always new things to learn about growing great food and healthy soil. Experienced garden educator Christie Higginbottom will share her best tips and tricks for an efficient and productive vegetable garden.
Are you wondering if a raised bed garden is the right choice for you? Join us for another event from our Resilient Garden Series. Raised beds/containers are a boon to anyone who can’t (or won’t) get down on the ground and can be placed anywhere, regardless of soil quality (or no soil at all) below the bed. However, a lot of raised beds don’t thrive and/or produce after their first year. There are “tricks” and specific information that you can use to make your raised beds and containers successfully produce great food wherever you have enough sunlight. ML Altobelli, an experienced gardener, landscaper and educator, will present how siting, water sources, carbon management, soil drenches and foliar sprays can all affect your results.
Join NOFA/Mass for a special series kick-off webinar that focuses on pathways for overcoming land access barriers faced by farmers of color, beginning farmers, and veteran farmers. Land Access is a critical component for farmers both in urban and rural areas. Many beginning farmers, BIPOC farmers, and veteran farmers face complex market or institutional barriers in land access. This webinar will feature panelists who will explain the historic context of ongoing barriers to land access and provide insight into non-traditional ways of acquiring land by leveraging government resources as possible solutions for overcoming land purchasing obstacles.
If you want to start your journey to having an abundant garden join us for the first event in our online Resilient Garden Series. Everyone can garden; if you have a window sill you can start tomorrow. We are excited to host several excellent gardeners for a panel discussion and conversation about designing gardens and where to start. Allison Houghton is a NOFA/Mass Soil Technical Advisor and will speak about selecting a garden site. Christie Higginbottom has taught many gardening workshops and will help us understand which crops fit best together. Ruth Green of Greens Arts Gardens in the Berkshires will introduce us to the world of beneficial insects.
The Northeast has a rich biological landscape that has become increasingly fragmented by development. Join us to learn why bringing diversified hedges into the landscape will provide wildlife habitat, foster healthy soils and provide a variety of food and medicinal crops. Connor Stedman of Appleseed Permaculture will present the concept of hedgerows as a part of a nuanced vision of a regional effort to create a more ecologically diverse and resilient landscape. Connor will be joined by Curtis Dragon, an Accredited Organic Land Care Professional in Essex County, MA, to offer local examples of both traditional and more diversified hedges.
At this year’s 34th NOFA/Mass Winter Conference, happening virtually, we will address the theme Feeding the Commonwealth and inspire you to create, discover and rely upon your local community’s food producers and build the vision of a Massachusetts that collectively becomes more resilient and secure in its local capacity to feed everyone.
Join us online for the first of two evening events where we will learn from experts about bioremediation and how we are using plants and soil biology to ameliorate contaminated soil. During this live interactive event we will learn from Willie Crosby about how mycoremediation is an important tool for bioremediation of urban soils. If bioremediation using microbiology and plant partners is effective, such an approach can be beneficial by: