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December 4, 2016 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Assessing Pasture Soil Fertility and Forage Quality
Clover Springs Farm, 234 Ragged Hill Rd, West Brookfield, MA
Cost: NOFA/Mass Member - $35 (walk-in: $40) Non-member - $45 (walk-in: $50)
In this workshop, organic grass-based cattle farmer Matt Koziol will teach us how to “read” our pastures and the quality of our feed hay. Matt will walk us through how to take, interpret, and implement pasture soil tests to ensure we are making wise economic and ecological choices for our pastures. He’ll cover a variety of pasture improvement strategies and discuss how different organic amendments can be used to fortify the pasture biology. We’ll also interpret several different hay test results and view different samples of various hay types and qualities. You’ll walk away from this workshop confident in making better decisions for your pastures and your animals. There will also be time to discuss other aspects of running a 100% grass-fed beef farm. Matthew Koziol the farmer at Clover Spring Farm, will be presenting. This workshop is part of NOFA MA’s Grass-Fed Cattle: Connecting Soil, Animal, and Pasture Health series. For more information contact Dan Bensonoff, education events organizer, at email@example.com or 860-716-5122.
December 5 - 6, 2016, 8:30am - 5:30 pm
6th Annual Soil & Nutrition Conference: Nature as Solution -
Cultivating synergy to put nutrition and flavor back on the table
Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, 57 Interlaken Road, Stockbridge, MA 01262
The 6th Annual Soil & Nutrition Conference explores how the intersection of farm and human ecosystems holds the key to environmental sustainability, quality food and overall well-being. Bringing together the collective knowledge of the food movement from the perspectives of successful farmers, cutting-edge researchers, enlightening health practitioners, and pioneers of food quality, this conference is a nexus of information and networking for all interested in delving deeper into the connections and importance of soil and nutrition. Integrating these diverse viewpoints, this year’s program engages growers and gardeners with principles, practices and innovations for ecologically and financially sound farming, and presents the health-conscious consumer and medical professional valuable skills to effectively advocate and select for quality in their local region and food supply. $225.00, and $25.00 discount for BFA Members = $200.00
For more information and to register, visit http://www.bionutrient.org/soil-and-nutrition-conference
December 5, 2016
Farmland Access Conference
Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Dr., Augusta, ME
Join Maine Farmland Trust along with MOFGA and others for a day of discussions on the challenges of providing for a farm’s future when a farmer is ready to retire, and how next generation farmers can position themselves to take on the stewardship of farmlands in transition. Check the Maine Farmland Trust website for information.
December 6, 2016 and January 24, 2017
New England Farm Succession School
New England Farm Succession School for senior farmers and farm couples looking toward retirement and farm transition, in Augusta, ME. (Other dates in Concord, N.H., and Randolph, Vt.) Register ($300 per farmer or farm couple) at 603-357-1600 or www.landforgood.org/rsvp. Sponsored by Land for Good, Keene, NH