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
April 05, 2020 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.
Rotational Grazing at Sky View Farm: Meat CSA and Small-Scale Dairy
May 17, 2020 2:00 PM
Are you looking to improve your pasture management and learn more about rotational grazing? Join us at Sky View Farm for a tour and discussion of how rotational grazing provides their livestock with healthy forage, minimizes inputs, and improves soil health. Rotational grazing is a system that mimics the ecology of natural grasslands. By rotating dense herds through fenced off portions of your pastures, your cattle will eat a variety of forage, gain more weight faster, and sequester considerable amounts of carbon in the soil.