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NOFA Massachusetts

Barre, MA


Nofa/Mass is 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.



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Pig to Pork Chop: Hands-on Hog Processing and Butchering

October 02, 2016 10:00 AM

Do you raise your own pigs, goats, sheep? Want to gain independence from the slaughterhouse while learning how to humanely and skillfully harvest your own livestock? Come learn with The Roving Butcher, aka Jake Levin, as he leads us through whole hog processing. Starting with dispatching, bleeding, scalding, evisceration, Jake will then break down the pig into various pork cuts along with your help. He will also share tips and tricks on how to use the odd bits and respectfully make best use of the entire animal.
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Holistic Cattle Health and Handling

October 16, 2016 1:00 PM

Are you interested in or already raising grass-fed cattle? Come learn with organic grass-fed cattle farmer Matt Koziol! Matt will discuss what farmers need to know to keep their animals healthy and productive. Starting with the nutritional requirements for livestock, particular attention will be paid to reading and responding to cattle behavior in order to reduce stress for both cow and farmer.
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Cover Cropping On a Diversified Farm: Economics, Agronomy and Results

October 17, 2016 1:00 PM

Most organic and ecological farmers already know the virtues of cover crops, like weed control, nutrient retention, and better soil tilth. But the utility of a cover crop ultimately comes down to the details: when and what to plant, how to incorporate the seed, how and when to terminate the crop, and where it fits best into your crop rotation.
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Integrating Trees, Pasture, and Livestock With Silvopasture

November 13, 2016 11:00 AM

Silvopasture is an agroforestry practice that intentionally integrates the management of trees, forages, and grazing livestock to mimic a natural savannah ecosystem. This complex ecological system allows you and your farm to reap multiple benefits. Livestock benefit from reduced heat and cold stress and by having access to a greater diversity of grasses and fodder. The trees benefit from ample sunlight and available nutrients that are cycled through livestock. You, the farmer, benefit from the resilience of having multiple income streams and a beautiful landscape abounding with wildlife.
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Assessing Pasture Soil Fertility and Forage Quality

December 04, 2016 1:00 PM

The health of ruminant animals is directly connected to the health of the pastures on which they graze and the supplemental hay they eat. But how do you know whether youre pastures are healthy? And how can you tell whether the hay that youre buying is of high quality? In this workshop, organic grass-based cattle farmer Matt Koziol will teach us how to read our pastures and the quality of our feed hay. Matt will walk us through how to take, interpret, and implement pasture soil tests to ensure we are making wise economic and ecological choices for our pastures. Hell cover a variety of pasture improvement strategies and discuss how different organic amendments can be used to fortify the pasture biology.
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From Pig To Prosciutto: Rediscovering the Craft of Charcuterie

December 10, 2016 10:00 AM

Ever wondered how you can make your own traditional prosciutto? Or sausage? Or maple-smoked bacon using local heritage pork raised on pasture?
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NOFA Massachusetts

Address
411 Sheldon Road
Barre, MA 01005

Phone
(978) 355-2853

Email
webmaster@nofamass.org

Website
http://www.nofamass.org

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