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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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Farming for Maximum Photosynthesis

September 01, 2019 10:00 AM

Maximum photosynthesis leads to more food of better quality. The soil is phenomenal to work with and the farmers have more fun.
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What's Going On Down There? Soil Health & Fertility Assessment for Growers at Flats Mentor Farm

September 05, 2019 4:30 PM

Join us to learn about the practices that produced the soil were analyzing, and learn how to take and interpret soil tests for both fertility and soil health.  This event is part of a three-year, statewide series aimed at increasing the understanding of farmers, gardeners and the general public about a range of lab-based soil tests and field tests for soil health assessment, as well as how these tests can help inform each other when a grower is considering the condition of her soil.
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What's Going On Down There? Soil Health & Fertility Assessment for Growers at Black Dog Gardens

September 07, 2019 4:00 PM

Join us to learn about the practices that produced the soil were analyzing, and learn how to take and interpret soil tests for both fertility and soil health.  This event is part of a three-year, statewide series aimed at increasing the understanding of farmers, gardeners and the general public about a range of lab-based soil tests and field tests for soil health assessment, as well as how these tests can help inform each other when a grower is considering the condition of her soil.
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Organic Cranberry Production

September 08, 2019 1:00 PM

Massachusetts has a rich history of cranberry cultivation and organic cranberries are a niche crop with opportunities for direct sales of both fresh and frozen fruit. Come meet Dom Fernandes, of Fresh Meadows Farm, who has been growing certified organic cranberries for over 10 years. Learn about how they transitioned almost a third of their farm into organic production. Dom will lead a tour of one of Fresh Meadow Farms organic cranberry bogs and discuss the variety of cultivation techniques they use and the specific cultivars they find to work well in organic production. Following the tour, we convene in the sorting facility to learn about handling the crop after harvest. Dom will spend time elaborating and answering questions about his experiences transitioning from conventional to organic production and opportunities in the organic market.
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Collecting Native Seeds

September 22, 2019 1:00 PM

Are you looking to enhance your landscape with native species to attract birds, butterflies, and other pollinators? Join us for a native plant walk and wild seed collection with professional native plant propagator and landscape designer Adam Kohl. As we explore the grounds at and around the UMass Agricultural Learning Center we will identify and demonstrate seed collection from the following species: New York Ironweed, Joe Pye Weed, Bee Balm, Spicebush, Hazelnut, Mountain Mint, NJ Tea, Staghorn Sumac, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, False Solomons Seal, Jewelweed, and Maple-Leaf Viburnum.
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Soil Health Field Day at Red Shirt Farm: High and Low Tech Approaches to Small Scale No-Till Farming

September 30, 2019 10:00 AM

Are you inspired to learn more about No-Till farming and want to see for yourself the tools and methods being used to build soil and grow vegetables? Join us at Red Shirt Farm in Lanesboro, MA to learn from farm manager Jim Shultz and guest presenter Bryan OHara of Tobacco Road Farm in Lebanon, CT. These two farmers both run well-organized, profitable and small-scale vegetable production systems, but diverge on the level of mechanization they employ. Together they will present a range of options for equipment and mechanization on the small-scale farm. You can engage with them during an interactive field walk and discussion of their farm systems. Topics of discussion will include: climate battery greenhouse, Johnson-Su Bioreactor, permanent bed systems, primary tools and cover cropping. Jim will give a demonstration of his BCS 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.
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Cultivate Your Microbiome

October 03, 2019 6:00 PM

Your digestive tract contains billions of helpful gut bacteria, but how does our gut microbiome affect our health? We need to care for our gut microbiome as we would any ecosystem, by encouraging the growth of the beneficial species and discouraging the growth of pathogenic or unhealthy species. In this interactive workshop, author Heather Anne Wise will explain the latest science on the gut microbiome, what kinds of challenges it faces from the impacts of our diet and environment, as well as ways to rebuild and enhance internal biodiversity for optimum health.
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Hemp Cultivation: Seed to Salve

October 19, 2019 10:00 AM

Hemp production is on the rise nationally, as is demand for locally sourced hemp-based products. With that in mind, Massachusetts farmers are diversifying their crop plans. Come learn how hemp fits into your farm. With its broad range of uses, hemp has tremendous potential for cultivation on a large scale as well as for home remedies and value added products. Join NOFA/Mass for this full-day intensive seminar to hear Dr. Heather Darby, lead agronomist on the UVM Industrial Hemp Research Program, present on hemp agronomy, strain genetics, transplant care, soil preparation, fertility needs, pest and disease management, and large scale production techniques. Keith Morris, of Willow Crossing Farm in VT, will focus on how to diversify with hemp and grow for CBD production. He will cover extracting CBD oil on the farm, proper harvest windows and ways to craft a high-quality finished product. Sarah Grubin, MDAR, will provide a thorough overview of the regulations around hemp production in Massachusetts including what farmers need to know to prepare their farms to grow this crop. Stay for a conversation with Marty Dagoberto, NOFA/Mass Policy Director, and other local activists about current advocacy to improve the hemp laws and regulations in Massachusetts and ways to take action.
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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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