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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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Edible Wild Plant Walk

May 21, 2016 1:30 PM

Learn to identify edible wild plants and medicinal herbs with Hannah Jacobson-Hardy, holistic health coach and community herbalist of Sweet Birch Herbals. Participants will learn how to respectively harvest each plant and use them for making salads, soups, and skin care products. We'll be identifying spring ephemerals such as ramps, dandelion, Japanese knotweed shoots, burdock root, and nettles, which are deliciously pungent and bitter treats that promote spring cleansing. After a winter of eating a dense, heavier diet, are you craving more fresh green foods? Join Hannah for an educational walk that includes recipes and tastings.
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Orchard Planning and Maintenance

June 12, 2016 1:30 PM

Join long time orchardists Pru Smith and Sharon Gensler for an afternoon workshop on small-scale homestead orcharding. They'll demonstrate overall orchard planning, building diversity into plantings, breed selection, practical fruit growing techniques, and soil and plant health. Pru and Sharon will lead participants in an informative and experiential process, using their property, Wild Browse Farm, to demonstrate the importance of a holistic approach to orchard care.
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Holistic Cattle Health and Handling

June 19, 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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Medicinal Herb Production

June 26, 2016 1:00 PM

Learn the ins and outs of commercial medicinal herb production, from field to drying room. Participants will get an overview of the production and planning methodologies that Full Kettle Farm uses. The workshop will also focus on post production handling and herb drying for teas, oils, and other value added products. Full Kettle Farm is a one-acre herb farm located in Sunderland Center. Now in its second year, the farm provides a model of small-scale production with a focus on permaculture, high-value cropping, and creative marketing strategies.
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Small-Scale Dairy: Goat Health and Lactation

July 10, 2016 2:00 PM

During this hands-on workshop instructor Dan Bensonoff will share the techniques necessary to grow edible mushrooms in your landscape, whether it be a vegetable garden, orchard or forest. Dan will discuss and demonstrate companion planting with fungi, shiitake log cultivation and explore how to make use of waste materials and neglected spaces through mushroom cultivation. This workshop will primarily focus on Stropharia (Wine Cap) and Shiitake mushrooms, but the techniques participants will learn can be applied to a number of species.
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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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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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