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.
Propagating Nut Trees and Woody Perennial Fruit
March 28, 2021 10:00 AM
Growing nut trees from seed is the lowest-cost method to get high quality and productive trees for your own farm and landscape. In the morning we will: -Examine seeds in person (Hazels, Hickories, Oaks, Chestnuts, Black Walnuts, Butternuts, Heartnuts, etc) and crack them to determine which nuts are superior to others and why. -Learn how to protect and store nuts during the winter. -Learn how to plant and grow nut trees from seed in spring. -Discuss seedbed preparations, planting, organic weed control strategies, appropriate containers, media and container growing, -Discuss the winter storage and treatment of various species, plus more. In the afternoon, we will focus on clonal production and: -Discuss grafting, budding, layering and taking cuttings of various species. -Observe budding and grafting techniques with guided practice.
Are you looking to learn more about Korean Natural Farming amendments and start making your own? Join us as we learn from Benjamin Morgan-Dillon how to use locally-sourced plants and fruits to create amendments and supplements that are tailored to our geographic environment. Korean Natural Farming retrains our focus from looking at what the plant needs now to anticipating what the plant is going to need in the coming weeks. Using Korean Natural Farming techniques we will: Harvest plants from the farm and learn to look for indicators of plant health. Learn how to capture indigenous bacteria, fungi, and microarthropods. Learn how to culture beneficial microorganisms and create the beginnings of super microbially infused compost. Practice making amendments and leave with Fermented Plant Juice, Fermented Fruit Juice, Water Soluble Calcium and Water Soluble Phosphorus. Learn how to use various forms of indigenous microorganisms to inoculate our soils and plants with the best of the best for this environment. Attendees should plan to bring a large knife for chopping plants. The additional $15 materials fee will cover the cost of containers for the amendments and supplies for you to take home. Workshop space is limited to 20 people. Please register ahead of time to secure your space!