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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.


The Art of Aged Sharp Cheese - Making Cheeses of The British Isles

March 25, 2017 8:00 AM

Learn the art and craft of making aged sharp cheeses using mesophilic cultures with veteran farmer and cheese artisan Clifford Hatch. Using grass-fed, pastured milk from his family farm, Cliff will take you on hands-on journey through all the stages of making favorites like Cheddar and lesser-known hard cheeses like Caerphilly, Dunlop, or Wensleydale.
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Seedlings and Inoculations for Growing Biological Systems

March 29, 2017 6:00 PM

Understanding the importance of early childhood development in humans gives us insights about the same stage in plant life. This workshop will go over working with seedlings and using inoculants to assist with strong and healthy seedling growth.
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Fruit Tree Propagation Practicum: Grafting and Top Working

April 08, 2017 9:00 AM

Free yourself from the expense of nursery-bought fruit trees! A fundamental skill of the self-sufficient orchardist, grafting gives you the freedom to save desirable varieties, produce your own trees for free, and swap out varieties you dont like without having to take out the whole tree.
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Strategies For Minimizing Tillage: Occultation, Permanent beds, and Strip Tillage

April 24, 2017 3:00 PM

By now, most farmers know the importance of minimizing tillage: better soil structure, more water retention, carbon sequestration, and enhanced soil biology. But, for organic farmers the theory is often easier than the practice.
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Planting and Transplanting for growing biological systems

May 04, 2017 6:00 PM

Prepare the soil well and create the environment for your seedlings to thrive. With a few simple practices and good systems, weeding, pests and disease can be dramatically reduced while your crops thrive.
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Mushroom Cultivation for the Intrepid Gardener

May 06, 2017 12:00 PM

New England is blessed with an excellent climate for growing a wide variety of mushrooms, many of which contain rare nutritional and medicinal value. This hands-on workshop will teach you the techniques necessary to grow edible mushrooms in your landscape, whether it be a backyard, woodlot, or basement. Well primarily focus on cultivating lions mane and shiitake mushrooms, both renowned for their flavor, medicinal qualities, and ease of cultivation. The skills youll practice in this class will empower you to be begin your own mycelial adventures.
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Permaculture Homestead Design How to Assess and Plan Your Sustainable Homestead

June 17, 2017 10:00 AM

The work of building the dream homestead starts well before the first garden is dug or the greenhouse is built. Creating an efficient and flourishing home and garden, one that yields abundantly but needs few inputs, requires skillful planning. Each element must intelligently connect with every other element in the system.
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No-Till Market Gardening Intensive: Tools and Techniques For Vital Crops and Healthier Soils

July 09, 2017 9:00 AM

Learn techniques for intensively growing vegetables using no-till practices on a commercial scale from long-time farmers Jen and Pete Salinetti of Woven Roots Farm. Jen and Pete have managed their diversified vegetable farm for over 15 years using inexpensive, low-tech tools. Their system has built a soil with incredible structure, water-holding capacity, and the soil life needed to grow nutrient-dense crops. Theyve been able to do so all while reducing the use of fossil fuels and compaction associated with tractor equipment.
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In-season Monitoring and Plant Management for Growing Biological Systems

July 13, 2017 6:00 PM

Learn how to understand the health of your plants through observation and other monitoring methods. We will test Conductivity and Brix monitoring for activity during the season. The session will also look at using foliar sprays and nutrient drenches to keep plants healthy.
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Foraging For Natures Wild Bounty

July 17, 2017 6:00 PM

The metropolitan Boston region is home to over 100 species of edible wild plants, some of which are more nutritious and/or flavorful than their cultivated counterparts (including common farm and garden weeds like Dandelion, Wild Mustard, Purslane and Lambs Quarters). Join Russ Cohen, expert forager and author, on an evening ramble in and around Blue Heron Organic Farm in Lincoln to learn about at least two dozen edible species.
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NOFA Massachusetts

411 Sheldon Road
Barre, MA 01005

(978) 355-2853



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