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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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Cocktail Cover Crops: Trials and Techniques

July 25, 2016 1:00 PM

Multi-species cover crop cocktails can create synergistic ecological benefits for your farm or garden - enhancing biodiversity, efficiently capturing and recycling nutrients, and sequestering carbon in the soil. This workshop will explore how to select, mix, and establish various cover crop mixtures. We will also discuss assessment and quantifying how your cover crop practices are impacting soil health.
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Growing Cut Flowers for Profit - Part 2

August 03, 2016 2:30 PM

Join Lynda Simkins, Executive Director of Natick Community Organic Farm, and long-time organic flower grower, and Deena Kanopkin, Flower Manager at Natick Community Organic, out in their beautiful flower beds for this mid-summer workshop. Participants will learn about weed and water management, the tricks to properly dead head and pick, arrangement strategies, season extension, and many other harvest and post-harvest techniques. 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.
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Pastured Poultry Production

August 28, 2016 1:00 PM

In this workshop, Julie Rawson and Jack Kittredge will show participants two ages of meat birds, two ages of layers, and brand new turkeys. Participants will learn about the management of these different types of poultry and their relationships to each other, the vegetable (2 acres) and fruit (1 acre) operation, and to the farms 8 pigs and 2 cows on this tightly organized and rotated farm system. They will discuss the role and opportunities available with poultry in Soil Carbon Restoration. The workshop covers feed, housing, pasturing, rotations with crops, sprouted grains, brooding, marketing, and finances.
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Pasture Management and Rotational Grazing

September 18, 2016 1:00 PM

Rotational grazing is a system that mimics the ecology of natural grasslands. By rotating large herds through fenced off portions of your pastures, your cattle will eat more tender grass, gain more weight faster, AND sequester considerable amounts of carbon in the soil. But to accomplish these goals requires a well-designed plan.
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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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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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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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