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

April 11, 2021 - 9:00am to April 12, 2021 - 4:45pm
Aurora Farms, Rehoboth

NOFA Members: $95/ Non-members: $120 (Scholarship Available)

Ready to learn more about Korean Natural Farming amendments and start making your own?  Join us as we learn from Benjamin Morgan-Dillon how to use locally-sourced plants and fruits to create amendments and supplements that are tailored to our geographic environment. Korean Natural Farming retrains our focus from looking at what the plant needs now to anticipating what the plant is going to need in the coming weeks. Learn how to harvest plants from the farm and learn to look for indicators of plant health, capture indigenous bacteria, fungi, and microarthropods, culture beneficial microorganisms, practice making amendments and use them to enhance your plants.

March 28, 2021 - 10:00am to March 29, 2021 - 3:45pm
Big River Chestnuts, Sunderland

NOFA Members: $60/ Non-members: $75 (Scholarship Available)

Join NOFA/Mass at Big River Chestnuts in Sunderland, MA with Buzz Ferver from Perfect Circle Farm for a nutty day focused on how to propagate nut trees (and more) for your farm and homestead. Spend the morning learning everything about starting nuts and woody fruit from seed and the afternoon discussing clonal propagation and practicing some grafting techniques. At the end of the day Jono Neiger will give us a tour of his farm where, since 2018, he has developed a diversified agroforestry system with blight-resistant chinese chestnuts, heartnuts, elderberries, aronia, and other crops. 

January 8, 2021 - 12:00am to January 10, 2021 - 11:45pm
Online, Everywhere

$45-$85.50

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. Registration opens October 15th.

December 1, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Online, Anywhere

Free

Join us online for the second of two evening events where we will learn from soil experts about bioremediation and how we are using plants and soil biology to ameliorate contaminated soil. In collaboration with the Mass Dept. of Ag. Resources we are tracking the results of our bioremediation test plots in several urban farming locations in Springfield Mass. During this live interactive event we will hear from our project bioremediation consultant Nance Klehm and Ibrahim Ali of Gardening The Community in Springfield along with youth participants to learn about the methods being used in their trial plots.  

November 17, 2020 - 7:00pm to November 18, 2020 - 7:45pm
Online, Anywhere

Free

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.

November 9, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Online, Anywhere

Free

Join us for a virtual tour of Freedom Food Farm in Raynham, MA to learn from farm manager Chuck Currie and guest presenter Julie Fine, from Johnnys Seeds, about cover crops and cover crop strategies for no-till farms. We'll see videos of his farm where he uses holistic and biodynamic farming principles to raise livestock, grow grain and vegetables for their CSA and farmers market. We will see chuck demonstrate how they plant their garlic into a live cover crop of oats and field peas. Julie and Chuck will discuss various cover crops and methods to get the most benefit for a variety of conditions and crops.

Freedom Food Farm is a certified organic farm on 88 acres in Raynham, MA, they started in 2012 and focus on growing a sustainable, full-diet year-round for their community. The farm is operated by a small team of dedicated farmers that grow and produce food year-round.

October 31, 2020 - 12:00am to 10:45pm
Online, Everywhere

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October 27, 2020 - 7:00pm to October 28, 2020 - 7:45pm
Online, Anywhere

Free

Industrial hemp is used as an ingredient in a wide range of popular products, including paper, clothing, food and more.

Hemp is different from marijuana, hemp is a variety of the cannabis plant that is bred for industrial use rather than it’s THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) content.  Some of the most popular uses for hemp include processing the delicious and nutritious seeds into hemp milk, granola, food bars and butters.  Hemp fiber can also be used in clothing, paper and building materials.  

October 20, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Online, Anywhere

NOFA Members: $12/ Non-members: $15 (Scholarship Available)

Join us online for a virtual farm tour and interactive conversation about no-till hemp farming here in Massachusetts.  Astarte Farm is a 100 percent no-till, no-spray, certified organic market garden. Since 2000 they have prioritized soil health and sustainability in their mission to deliver tasty, high-quality fruits and vegetables. Astarte Farm grows multiple strains of hemp for cannabinoid production in partnership with Heritage Hemp LLC.  We will learn from Dan, along with farm managers, Ellen and Amelia about their no-till hemp cultivation practices and how hemp fits into their farm’s goal to build healthy soil.

Heritage Hemp LLC is a local processor that works with local farms to produce high-quality small batch CBD products. Josh from Heritage Hemp LLC will speak about their harvesting practices and processing facilities. We will hear about how they partner with local hemp growers and are developing strains of hemp suitable to our New England climate. We will have time at the end of the presentation for questions and conversation.

October 18, 2020 - 1:00pm to October 19, 2020 - 3:45pm
Freedom Food Farm, Raynham

NOFA Members: $25/ Non-members: $35 (Scholarship Available)

Join us at Freedom Food Farm in Raynham, MA to learn from farm manager Chuck Currie and guest presenter Julie Fine, from Johnnys Seeds, about cover crops and cover crop strategies for no-till farms. Chuck will give us a tour of his farm where he uses holistic and biodynamic farming principles to raise livestock, grow grain and vegetables for their CSA and farmers market.  Julie and Chuck will discuss various cover crops and methods to get the most benefit for a variety of conditions and crops. Chuck will then demonstrate how they plant their garlic into a live cover crop of oats and field peas.

We will close out the day by teaching you a few soil health assessment techniques you can use on your farm to track how your management practices are impacting soil biology, structure, root vigor and more. 

October 13, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Online, Anywhere

NOFA Members: $12/ Non-members: $15 (Scholarship Available)

Join us for a virtual tour of Red Shirt Farm in Lanesboro, MA to learn from farm manager Jim Schultz and guest presenter Dan Kittredge of the Bionutrient Food Association to learn how their no-till farming practices are improving soil health and the nutritional density of their produce.  We will have video clips of Red Shirt Farm that show Jim discussing certain aspects of the farm, including: BCS tillage reduction equipment set up and systems,  Johnson-Su Bioreactor, and permanent bed systems.  Jim will give a demonstration of his BCS-powered transferred mulch system, including mower, rake and mini-baler. This system is used to convert cover crops to mulch that can be used elsewhere on the farm. Dan will talk about the results of the Real Food Campaign work so far and how they are collecting data to link the value of healthy soils and nutritious food to overall human health. Dan will share his insight into how management practices affect nutrient density in crops. We will show how the Bionutrient Meter can be used in the field to assess the crops in real time.

September 20, 2020 - 1:00pm to September 21, 2020 - 3:45pm
Red Shirt Farm, Lanesborough

NOFA Members: $25/ Non-members: $35 (Scholarship Available)

Join us at Red Shirt Farm in Lanesboro, MA to learn from farm manager Jim Schultz and guest presenter Dan Kittredge of the Bionutrient Food Association to learn how their no-till farming practices are improving soil health and the nutritional density of their produce.  Jim will lead a farm tour where we will stop and discuss certain aspects of the farm, including: BCS tillage reduction equipment set up and systems,  Johnson-Su Bioreactor, and permanent bed systems.  Jim will give a demonstration of his BCS-powered transferred mulch system, including mower, rake and mini-baler. This system is used to convert cover crops to mulch that can be used elsewhere on the farm. Dan will talk about the results of the Real Food Campaign work so far and how they are collecting data to link the value of healthy soils and nutritious food to overall human health. Dan will share his insight into how management practices affect nutrient density in crops. We will get a chance to use the Bionutrient Meter in the field to assess the crops in real time. We will close out the day by teaching you a few soil health assessment techniques you can use on your farm to track how your management practices are impacting soil biology, structure, root vigor and more. 

August 27, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Online , Anywhere

Free

In this free workshop, NOFA/Mass Soil Technical Assistance Advisors Laura Davis, Jane Hammer, and Caro Roszell will review and interpret soil tests results for Revision Urban Farm.

July 28, 2020 - 4:00pm to July 29, 2020 - 4:45pm
Online, Anywhere

Free

Whether you want to save seeds, develop new varieties, or simply increase your fruit yield in wet seasons or where there are few pollinators, knowing how to pollinate your squash by hand is a valuable skill to have. Come learn the techniques and get the checklist to get started!  

July 20, 2020 - 12:00am to August 9, 2020 - 11:45pm
, Online

$100-125

Climate Solutions Are Grown In Soil – 2020 Keynote speaker Tim LaSalle

We’re mooooving online!  Due to the continued recommendations for physical distancing to control the spread of COVID-19, we have decided to cancel the in-person conference and move to an online experience spread out over three weeks from July 20 – August 9, 2020. 

At this time, we are solving for the best format to host the conference and reorganizing the educational program to fit the new model.  The virtual conference will be a combination of live video conferencing and discussion group opportunities to network with the community in an online digital ecosystem.

July 9, 2020 - 5:30pm to July 10, 2020 - 6:45pm
Online, Anywhere

NOFA Members: $12/ Non-members: $15 (Scholarship Available)

Cricket Creek Farm is a small grass-based cow dairy producing a variety of products including raw-milk, grass-fed meat and seven varieties of artisanal farmstead cheeses.  They use high density groups of cows rotated through temporary paddocks within their pastures, allowing for the most efficient use of available forage and maximizing the benefit to livestock and soil. Topher Sabot, Owner and Manager, will answer questions about how they use a combination of high-tech and low-tech fencing to to manage the cows and maximize efficiency. We will discuss grazing density and practices that provide superior nourishment for the animals while building nutrient rich and microbially diverse soil.  We will have a conversation about the fine points of producing dairy on a primarily grass-fed system.

June 25, 2020 - 5:30pm to June 26, 2020 - 6:45pm
Online, Anywhere

NOFA Members: $12/ Non-members: $15 (Scholarship Available)

Are you looking to improve your pasture management and learn more about rotational grazing?  Join NOFA/Mass and Sky View Farm for this online event and discussion of how rotational grazing provides their livestock with healthy forage while minimizing inputs and improving soil health. Rotational grazing is a system that mimics the ecology of natural grasslands. By rotating densely stocked herds through fenced-off portions of your pastures, your cattle will eat a variety of forage, gain more weight faster, and sequester considerable amounts of carbon in the soil. During this event attendees talk about pasture reclamation with Will and Amelia, discuss fencing systems, stocking density, and grazing plans.  We will speak in depth about creating as small-scale dairy in the basement of their house.

June 18, 2020 - 5:30pm to June 19, 2020 - 6:45pm
Online, Anywhere

NOFA Members: $12/ Non-members: $15 (Scholarships Available)

Join NOFA/Mass and Michael Gallagher of Square Roots Farm to explore his intensively managed livestock systems. By rotating dense herds through temporary paddocks within a pasture, his livestock eat a variety of forage, are more robust, and will sequester considerable amounts of carbon in the soil. Square Roots Farm comprises about 185 acres of hilly fields and forest in Lanesborough, Massachusetts. They raise 1000 laying hens, 4000 meat birds, 30 cattle, 12-24 pigs, turkeys and a diversity of vegetables for their CSA customers and market. Michael will answer many questions and we will learn about the fencing and shelters they use to keep their flocks and herds moving over the landscape, grazing density and practices. Connor Stedman will explain the principles and practices of further developing pastures into silvopasture systems through functional tree planting here in New England.  Then we will use Square Roots Farm to provide context in a discussion about specific practices and tree species that can add additional value to a diversified grazing system.

June 16, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Online , Anywhere

Free

Growing quality cattle feed from native Massachusetts soils can be challenging.  But there are several tricks that you can employ to increase the health of your soil naturally, all while keeping cattle on the land and producing quality milk for people.

June 12, 2020 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Online, Anywhere

Free! Donations accepted with gratitude

If you have always wanted to start a garden but don’t want to do a lot of backbreaking sod-busting or rototilling, come learn a better way! Join Ricky Baruch, the originator of the ‘Cardboard Method’ to learn about how to use three simple tools—cardboard, tarps and cover crops—to open up a new garden and maintain it without fossil fuels and pickaxes. We will cover topics such as: methods build organic matter, promote beneficial soil microbes and mycorrhizal fungi, reduce weeds, conserve water and labor, and respond to climate change by helping to keep carbon in the earth.

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