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Making Wild Sodas

Learn how to make your own fermented sodas using only raw honey, water, and herbs and fruit! This method is an easy and effective way to preserve summer bounty using...
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We Are Powerful: Food Justice & The Prison Industrial Complex

Ending racism in the food system is linked to ending racism in the prison system. We will uncover the links between food & prisons. We will highlight food justice organizations...
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Vegan 101 – Transitioning to a Whole Foods Pant Based Diet

Learn the basics of a whole foods, plant-based diet and how to make quick and easy recipes everyone will enjoy. Questions such as where to get protein, calcium and iron,...
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Sales Strategy for Dried Fruit & Vegetables in Kenya

A description of my recent Farmer 2 Farmer work in Kenya as a project consultant. Sweet N Dried is a brand developed in Chuka Kenya featuring 100% dried fruit, dried...
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Soapmaking 101 – Part 1

Learn about how soap is made. Explore different carrier oils, essential oils, and other soap ingredients, along with safety guidelines for working with lye and the value of using natural...
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Changing the Climate: The Role of the U.S. Industrial Food System

As major contributors of greenhouse gases, industrial food production and distribution play significant roles in climate change. This multimedia workshop will discuss those roles and how organic regenerative practices can...
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Solar Energy for Your Farm: Navigating the MA SMART Program

This workshop provides an overview of solar energy options for Massachusetts farms. We will focus on the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program, which regulates incentives associated with new solar...
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Tour of the Hampshire College Farm

As one of the oldest and largest farms at a liberal-arts college, the Hampshire College Farm is a leader in the campus farm movement. We’ll tour the fields and facilities...
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Types of Compost: Quality, Testing & Organics

From material that is questionably labeled as compost to the high standards required to be met for the National Organics Program, come learn about the different types of compost, the...
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Field to Table: Cooking with Ancient and Heirloom Grains

Ancient and heirloom grains varieties are making a welcome comeback, but how do we incorporate them gracefully into our daily breakfast lunch and dinner? Learn about the history of these...
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Keeping Sheep Organically

Basics of keeping sheep organically in the northeast. We will cover the fundamentals of caring, feeding, housing, parasite and predator control using organic methods. Kim Mastrianni: Raising sheep organically in...
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Biodynamic Principles & Practices

The deep principles and innovative practices of biodynamic agriculture can be used by anyone wanting to enhance the health and vitality of their soil, seeds and food. We will explore...
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40 Years of Composting and Farming at Earth Care Farm

Since 1977, Michael Merner has been perfecting his compost production methods at Earth Care Farm. Mike’s daughter Jayne will talk about the production methods as well as transitioning a family...
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Soapmaking 101 – Part 2

Join in making a batch of soap, using the traditional cold process method. Continue working with carrier oils, lye and other ingredients prepared during Part 1. Learn about blending, pouring,...
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An Ancient Diet for Modern Times

Food is our most powerful medicine. The Tetzkatlipoka Tradition in Mexico has analyzed the effects of nutrition on individuals and communities for the past 9,000 years. They developed a practical...
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A New Label For the Organic Movement

As the National Organic Program sinks into a mire of weak enforcement and standards, organic farmers have begun an effort to create a new organic label. We will look into...
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A Legacy of Food Security: History of Food Co-ops in the Northeast

Join us for a conversation of how food co-ops foster and support farmers and food security. Hear stories of how food co-ops in the Northeast have used economic organizing for...
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Grain Production on a Diversified Vegetable Farm

Learn how small scale grain production at Alprilla Farm contributes to our crop rotation, soil health, annual work-flow, cash flow and marketing. We will discuss the agronomy of small grains,...
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Kaitiakitanga: The Maori Concept of ‘Guardianship’ in Regenerative Agriculture

Kaitiaki Farm is an exemplar permaculture farm outside Whanganui, New Zealand. The worn out former horse property prone to erosion and slips is being transformed into a resilient, productive organic...
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Reparations Toward Collective Liberation

Reparations are a practice of healing; a movement in solidarity to build a more just and beautiful world. Using the “Reparations Map for Black-Indigenous Farmers” (Soul Fire Farm), participants will...
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The Heritage Pig Breeding Program at the Hampshire College Farm

We will go out to the Hampshire Farm to view our breeding herd of Gloucestershire Old Spots. We’ll talk about my student project to develop this program, my nutritional research...
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The Science, Art, Fun and Tasty Fruit of Espalier

Espaliers provide high yields of high quality fruit while making a decorative and edible covering for a fence or a wall — even creating the fence itself! Learn which fruit plants...
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Planting For Honeybees & Other Pollinators in New England

Presentation about plants that provide nectar and pollen to honeybees and pollinators. Emphasis is on plants that provide quality food for bees and honey production, and on providing a diverse...
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So You Think You Want to Become a Beekeeper

Everything the prospective beekeeper needs to know about the process of becoming a beekeeper through an honest discussion of the state of beekeeping today. In the face of perils such...
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Transition to No-Till

Thinking about taking the leap into no-till farming? In this class we will cover the tools, management strategies and systems we have put in place during our transition into no-till....
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Organic Under Attack: Where Do We Go From Here?

Major issues impacting organic integrity include inadequate standards enforcement; hydroponics promotion; Standards Board takeover threats and withdrawing the animal welfare rule — along with major rollbacks of our social justice,...
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Complete Sheep Butchering

Learn how to dress and butcher hoofed animals! We’ll take apart a local (pre-slaughtered) sheep, covering butchering, charcuterie and anatomy. All parts will be used, including organ meats, bones and...
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Get Connected: Learn to Graft Melons & Tomatoes

Warm season crops such as melons and tomatoes are prone to many soil-borne diseases and environmental stress that reduces yields. Vegetative grafting can increase plant vigor and reduce problems with...
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Update on Food Safety Rules for Small Producers & Co-ops

Compliance with FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) food safety regulations presents a new challenge for small-scale and exempt farmers, value added producers, and farmer co-ops involved in aggregation and distribution....
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Fruits for Small Spaces

Gardens are smaller these days, but a small garden is no impediment to fruit growing. Lowbush blueberries, currants, gooseberries, and super dwarf apples are among the fruits that visually and proportionally fit...
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Motherless Meat: From Petri Dish to Plate

Would you eat meat cultured in a lab if it was guaranteed safe? Lab-grown meat is the new kid on the block when it comes to engineered food. We’ll consider...
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Cultivating a New Crop: Hemp

An open and honest discussion of the cultivation of hemp in New England and barriers to entry in this new economy. Joel Bedard: Founder and CEO of The Vermont Hemp...
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Adding Livestock to your Vegetable Operation

This workshop will cover livestock options for integrating into your vegetable operation, and the pros and cons of each type. We will also discuss the strategies we use at Freedom...
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Creating Permaculture Farms and Communities

Learn how to design your land with the insights and techniques of permaculture. Integrating fruits, nuts, fuel wood, medicinal crops and berries into wildlife corridors. Gravity fed rain water; silvopasture;...
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A Brief History of Organic

With the rise in visibility, some argue that organic has “lost its soul”. We’ll discuss the evolution of organic farming as an alternative to the agri-industrial model, focusing on NOFA’s...
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Making Fruit Kvass, Beet Kvass, Fermented Mayonnaise & Ketchup

Our ancestors ate fermented foods every day so our gut biome is used to these foods. Come and learn how to make some simple and quick ferments that provide us...
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Transformative Food Justice

To build awareness AND a movement to end mass incarceration. By analyzing general principles and specific projects at the intersection of transformative justice and food justice, we’ll discuss ways of...
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Lyme Prevention Unpacked: Best Practices & Buhner’s “Healing Lyme” Protocol

Everyone wants to avoid Lyme while living life outdoors! Learn best practices that really work. We’ll demo how to make an immune-supportive Astragalus tincture at home and discuss Buhner-researched tick...
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Economic Democracy: Building Co-operative Power

Hear stories from Building Co-operative Power of the history and concept of worker co-operation. Past and present stories of worker co-operatives, co-op collaboration in and across sectors, conversions, education and...
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Urban Farm Design & Permitting

Farming in the city takes more than good growing conditions and techniques. Urban farms are subject to regulatory and community pressures that require a higher level of design and planning...
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Learning As You Go As An Ag Entrepreneur

Starting a business can be overwhelming! Entrepreneur Jessie Banhazl of Green City Growers will discuss the steps she took to grow GCG from infancy to a fully grown company with...
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Greening Your Town 101: Local Governments Limiting Pesticides

Come learn about how everyday folks can organize to get their towns to limit the use of pesticides to protect humans, pollinators and more! Mary Jones: Toxics Action Center’s Western...
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The Vital Roles of Plant & Animal Foods for Disease Prevention

There are vital roles that both plant and animal foods play in creating balance, preventing disease and maintaining good health and energy. Learn how to utilize food and supplements according...
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Social Therapy Through Gardening

Gardens – and the tasks that come along with them such as cooking, preserving, and seed saving – are best done in community. Learn how to engage your towns, schools,...
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New Approaches for Lyme Disease & Chronic Illness

Healing from Lyme requires more than killing pathogens. Learn tools to help modulate your immune system, balance your nervous system, and chelate glyphosate. We’ll discuss herbs for Lyme and co-infections,...
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Prison Gardens: Strategies for Therapy and Job Training

We will introduce participants to the work of The New Garden Society and present the context of why horticultural vocational education and horticultural therapy in correctional facilities is important and...
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Planting For Honeybees & Other Pollinators in New England

Presentation about plants that provide nectar and pollen to honeybees and pollinators. Emphasis is on plants that provide quality food for bees and honey production, and on providing a diverse...
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Methods for Establishing Perennials: Tour of Saw Mill Herb Farm

“This spring we planted 575 elderberry bushes at Sawmill Herb Farm in an experiment to transform a tilled flood-prone field into a resilient berry orchard. Interested in low-cost methods of...
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Summer Mushroom Season in Massachusetts

Using all-local photography, this slideshow class presents the amazing world of mushroom hunting and the rules for how to do it safely; then it gives the audience a tour of...
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Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening

The workshop will demonstrate how to grow ALL you salad greens indoors with NO lights, no special equipment. The freshest salads ever. Peter Burke: Avid gardener, author of Year-Round Indoor...
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Food Autonomy in the Carceral Setting

Through the Hort’s GreenHouse Program on Rikers Island, participants select and grow culturally significant crops in collaboration with horticultural therapists and instructors. Participants can exercise a level of food autonomy...
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Working With Forests, Trees, & Beautiful Wood

Trees and a small forest provide a wide range of benefits and products on our farms. Drawing on 45 years of experience, I will discuss forest succession, low tech management...
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Farm Models for Engaging Food Insecure People

How do farms create models for food assistance that support the dignity of people in need? What does it mean to be guided by the principle of justice rather than...
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Silvopasture in Practice

Silvopasture is a system that combines trees and forage design with livestock management. Such a system not only offers the promise of ecological regeneration of the land, but also an...
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Teaching About Food & Gardening In Corrections

In this workshop participants will develop a basic understanding of the incarceration system in the United States, the logistics of running a food production program in a jail, the structures...
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Farmer in the Classroom

Participants will learn about the farmer in the classroom program that has evolved over 5 years. This program uses stories, taste testing, trivia, cultural information and more to engage students...
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Preparing the Harvest

Come and join author, Celeste Longacre, for a Power Point presentation on preserving the harvest. She will show you with over 100 slides how to can, freeze, dry, ferment and...
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Lean Farming 101

Lean is a systematic approach that seeks to minimize waste on your farm. Applying lean principles to your farm systems will increase the efficiency of your operations and grow your...
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Cow/Calf Profits with a Grass-Only Diet

How do you plan a profitable cow/calf business using a 100% grass diet? We will discuss how genetic choices, breeding, management techniques to optimize calf growth and extending the grazing...
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Sustainable Production & Marketing of Ethnic Crops for Ethnic Markets

For 300 years, immigration to the United States was dominated by European ethnicities. Over the past 40 years, the majority of immigrants are now from tropical and sub-tropical regions. This...
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Growing Perennial Small Fruits in a Diverse Edible Forest Setting

This workshop will characterize a variety of common and uncommon small fruits grown in a diverse permaculture-based edible forest setting. We will discuss the preferred habitat, growth habit, fruit quality,...
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Summer Mushrooms of Massachusetts Guided Walk

Join the creators of The Mushroom Hunting Foundation for a first-hand mushroom hunting experience, seeking local spring mushrooms in their natural habitats. Learn about the equipment and techniques for identifying,...
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Home Garden Field Crops: Wheat, Flax, Corn, Beans & Rice

This workshop presents experience with garden scale production of food and fiber crops wheat, flax (linen), field corn, dry beans and rice. The challenges include not only growing but also...
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Singing For Freedom & A Livable Future

We’ll sing for climate and food justice, and we’ll generate inspiration for living out values of solidarity and ecology. I’ll aurally teach songs with rousing choruses or full stanzas in...
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Digging Deeper: Nutrient Balancing of the Soil Food Web

This presentation will discuss basic processes that effect nutrient availability, such as nitrogen and phosphorus cycling. Learn about ideal nutrient ratios to improve plant uptake, the concept of the most...
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Applying Lean to YOUR Farm

You’ve learned about lean principles, now how can you apply them on your own farm? Topics include: product flow, employee management, record keeping, and identifying waste in your systems. Come...
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Productive Conservation for Flood-Prone Fields

How can we improve the resiliency of riparian areas in the face of climate change while also producing food and salable crops for communities? This workshop outlines the concept of...
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Mastering Biodiversity: Learning from Nature & Indigenous Cultures

Symbiosis in nature created healthy landscapes providing fresh water and rich soils for human communities. Indigenous peoples have protected many of these biodiverse lands and are working to restore others....
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Farming on Indian Land

The transition from garden to farm was a major shift in land use for the people of the Americas. Widely considered the first environmentalists, how does today’s organic farming movement...
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Jail to Farm: Cultivating Relationships for Lasting Change

For several years Just Roots has worked with the Franklin County Jail and Greenfield Community College to provide internship opportunities to incarcerated men at our production farm. Join Andy Grant...
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Planting a Chef’s Kitchen Garden

Learn the secrets of a chef’s garden, what to plant, how to make the most of limited space, and how to prepare your soil for maximum production. This class will...
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Starting A Goat Dairy

A framework of considerations necessary to address when planning on starting a goat dairy. Some pros and cons and how to apply decision trees to gain success at goat dairying....
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Regenerative Art: Design Inspired by Regenerative Agriculture

This workshop will explore how the principles of regenerative agriculture can be applied to artistic design in farm settings. The group will have an opportunity to discuss the cultural and...
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Seed Stories

Behind every seed there lies a story. Some stories lie buried like the seed in the earth. Others come to light like the plant that emerges from the germinated seed....
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Seed & Grow NOFA’s Social Justice Committee

Help build the shared society we design based on agroecological principles. Bring your vital voice to form a food justice presence in our state chapters & locally, aligning our social...
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Designing Whole Systems Farm & Food Programs at Jails

Explore the design of an integrative program—Jail-to-Farm-to-College and Employment at the Franklin County Jail—as a food justice/prison justice case study. Learn about leveraging institutional partnerships and building community support for...
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Design for Disruption: On-Farm Climate Change Adaptation Strategies

By regenerating ecosystem processes, farms and landscapes can be designed for resilience in the face of climate change. We will explore ecological design principles and solutions for climate adaptation on...
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Exploring Medicinal Mushrooms: Common Types & Uses

Introduce several of the common medicinal mushrooms used in supplements and health products now, including their history, active compounds, and potential effects. Explore the different kinds of medicinal products offered...
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Intro to Saving Seed from Biennials

We’ll look at selection criteria for several biennials, including hands-on practice, and discuss practical challenges and possible solutions in growing biennials for seed such as winter storage and vernalization. This...
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Getting Started on a Homestead Apple Orchard

Learn how to site, prep, plant and nourish apple trees using holistic organic methods. My bias is on low maintenance techniques and heirloom varieties. Also, will cover how to convert...
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Pathways to Carbon Farming: Taking Action on Climate Through Agriculture

Carbon farming systems can store significant atmospheric carbon in soil and perennial plants and help to mitigate climate change. We will overview current climate change and carbon farming science, explore...
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Set Your Records Straight: Online Record Keeping with farmOS

farmOS is a web-based software application for farm planning, management, and recordkeeping. It is developed by a community of volunteers and the code is available for free. This workshop will...
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Gardening Basics for Optimal Productivity Part 1

Optimal productivity requires a solid understanding of the basics. Topics covered include: garden organization, seedling care, transplanting, fertility, season extension, crop selection and crop sequencing. In 2016 thru 2017 our...
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Feud on the Farm: Tools for Addressing Disagreements

Disagreements are bound to arise on the farm. Resolving conflicts is essential to maintaining a balanced workplace so you can get back farm responsibilities. In this workshop we will explore...
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Work Horses 101

For those with limited experience and lots of interest! Get hands on time, up close and personal with these amazing animals. Learn handling, care, keeping and the basics of how...
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Gardening Basics for Optimal Productivity Part 2

Optimal productivity requires a solid understanding of the basics. Topics covered include: garden organization, seedling care, transplanting, fertility, season extension, crop selection and crop sequencing. In 2016 thru 2017 our...
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Crop Health Improvement Through Foliar Spray Application: Materials & Practices

Foliar application can be very beneficial to the overall health of crops, and therefore yields and profit. We will cover the basics of various materials, their preparation, identifying which materials...
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Understanding Farm Animal Welfare Certification

This session provides an overview of three farm animal welfare certification programs–Animal Welfare Approved, Certified Humane and Global Animal Partnership. The ASPCA and local welfare-certified farmers will discuss the benefits...
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The Commons in Food & Agriculture

Until a few centuries ago, we held and managed the vast majority of resources in common: defined groups of people formed evolving agreements about how to share and manage specific...
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Summer Mushroom Season in Massachusetts

Using all-local photography, this slideshow class presents the amazing world of mushroom hunting and the rules for how to do it safely; then it gives the audience a tour of...
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New Static-Aerated Composting System Demonstration

Join Professor Hashemi outside for an introduction to a new static-aerated composting system. After a short introductory lecture he will show, step by step, how to assemble the two composting...
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Designing Your Permaculture Homestead

Homesteaders live in direct relationship with the natural systems that support our lives. In this case study, learn how we’ve used the permaculture design process to establish a vibrant homestead...
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Make Farmland Leasing Work For You & Your Farm

We will discuss the basics of leasing farmland, including what is possible in a lease, negotiating a good lease agreement, how to protect your interests under a lease, and what...
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Summer Mushrooms of Massachusetts Guided Walk

Join the creators of The Mushroom Hunting Foundation for a first-hand mushroom hunting experience, seeking local spring mushrooms in their natural habitats. Learn about the equipment and techniques for identifying,...
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First Aid Homeopathy & Rescue Remedy

Learn how to use homeopathic remedies to help relieve pain, strengthen the immune system and speed the healing of sunburns, garden strains, diaper rashes, summer colds and coughs, bug bites,...
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Double Cropping Kohlrabi & Garlic with Faba Bean

This workshop promotes faba bean as a new multi-purpose vegetable crop for the Northeast and how it can be used to extend growing season when it is double cropped with...
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Getting Started with Icelandic Sheep

Icelandic sheep are an important breed for small and sustainable farms. This workshop provides an overview of the breed and shares stories from 13 years of working with Icelandics. Topics...
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Garden Time-To-Work at the Rhode Island Adult Correctional Institutions

“Garden Time-To-Work” is a new garden-based vocational training program piloted at the Rhode Island Adult Correctional Institutions. While acquiring expertise in horticulture, agriculture, and landscaping, students in the program will...
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Fertility & Nutrient Balance

This talk seeks to help growers make beneficial fertilization decisions and thus raise abundant, healthful crops. It will present concepts on how to select appropriate fertilization methods and when to...
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Sales Strategy for Dried Fruit & Vegetables in Kenya

A description of my recent Farmer 2 Farmer work in Kenya as a project consultant. Sweet N Dried is a brand developed in Chuka Kenya featuring 100% dried fruit, dried...
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Community Food Systems Metrics: Telling the Story of Impact

Join for a discussion on the research of community food system impact metrics and a platform for sharing stories, making capturing and sharing impact easier. Daniel Ross: Community food systems...
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On-Farm Plant Breeding

There is a great need to adapt and create plant varieties for organic agriculture in the Northeast. A movement is growing for farmers to reclaim their roles as participants in...
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Planting a Chef’s Kitchen Garden

Learn the secrets of a chef’s garden, what to plant, how to make the most of limited space, and how to prepare your soil for maximum production. This class will...
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Starting A Goat Dairy

A framework of considerations necessary to address when planning on starting a goat dairy. Some pros and cons and how to apply decision trees to gain success at goat dairying....
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Work Horses 102

Beyond the basics. Understand what horses can do for your farm. Learn harness varieties, proper fit, other equipment, hitching and safety concerns. Participants will have an opportunity to harness and...
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No-Till Vegetable Soil Prep & In Season/Post Season Management

With the goal of keeping soil covered as much as possible while raising the highest quality produce, we will look at vegetable families and discuss what we do at MHOF...
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Analyzing Your Farming Operation – Introduction to SWOT Analysis

Attendees will learn how to conduct a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) Analysis on their existing or a potentially new farming operation. Attendees will also see what types of governmental...
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Design for Disruption: On-Farm Climate Change Adaptation Strategies

By regenerating ecosystem processes, farms and landscapes can be designed for resilience in the face of climate change. We will explore ecological design principles and solutions for climate adaptation on...
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Exploring Medicinal Mushrooms: Common Types & Uses

Introduce several of the common medicinal mushrooms used in supplements and health products now, including their history, active compounds, and potential effects. Explore the different kinds of medicinal products offered...
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Soil Health Through Biology

Come learn about managing healthy soils using the latest scientific research. In the last decade, scientists have been delving deep into our understanding of soil as a living substance. We’ll...
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The Unique Role of Art, Culture & Ethnic Crops in Urban Neighborhoods

Immigrants in the urban settings are growing and selling culturally appropriate ethnic fresh locally grown vegetables. They also bring the arts of cooking and cultural practices to building stronger community...
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Getting Started on a Homestead Apple Orchard

Learn how to site, prep, plant and nourish apple trees using holistic organic methods. My bias is on low maintenance techniques and heirloom varieties. Also, will cover how to convert...
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Pathways to Carbon Farming: Taking Action on Climate Through Agriculture

Carbon farming systems can store significant atmospheric carbon in soil and perennial plants and help to mitigate climate change. We will overview current climate change and carbon farming science, explore...
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Gardening Basics for Optimal Productivity Part 1

Optimal productivity requires a solid understanding of the basics. Topics covered include: garden organization, seedling care, transplanting, fertility, season extension, crop selection and crop sequencing. In 2016 thru 2017 our...
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Gardening Basics for Optimal Productivity Part 2

Optimal productivity requires a solid understanding of the basics. Topics covered include: garden organization, seedling care, transplanting, fertility, season extension, crop selection and crop sequencing. In 2016 thru 2017 our...
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Crop Health Improvement Through Foliar Spray Application: Materials & Practices

Foliar application can be very beneficial to the overall health of crops, and therefore yields and profit. We will cover the basics of various materials, their preparation, identifying which materials...
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Soil Fungi in Regenerative Agriculture: Crop Yield & Basil Downy Mildew

This workshop focuses on the role of fungi in soil health and will share: the results of a SARE research grant comparing different soil fungal inoculants on the yield of...
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The History of Mushrooms & People: Folklore, Evolution, & Cultivation

Mushroom and humans have been interacting with each other for millions of years. This workshop will explore how mushrooms may have shaped human evolution, the stories we tell and cultures...
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Cover Crop Mixtures for Soil Health

Cover cropping is a best practice for soil health. Does scientific research prove the benefits of multi-species cover crop mixtures? What kind of challenges do they present? How can we...
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New Static-Aerated Composting System Demonstration

Join Professor Hashemi outside for an introduction to a new static-aerated composting system. After a short introductory lecture he will show, step by step, how to assemble the two composting...
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Systems & Methods of Regenerative Farming for Carrots & Lettuce

Learn the essentials of bed prep in a no-till, permanent bed system for both direct seeded crops and transplants. Dive deeper into our comprehensive system for successive crop production of...
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Growing & Marketing Cut Flowers in a Diversified Farm Operation

If you’d like to generate a more robust cut flower operation within your diversified farm operation, join in this workshop to discuss effective management for such. We’ll cover suggested planting...
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First Aid Homeopathy & Rescue Remedy

Learn how to use homeopathic remedies to help relieve pain, strengthen the immune system and speed the healing of sunburns, garden strains, diaper rashes, summer colds and coughs, bug bites,...
Read More

Double Cropping Kohlrabi & Garlic with Faba Bean

This workshop promotes faba bean as a new multi-purpose vegetable crop for the Northeast and how it can be used to extend growing season when it is double cropped with...
Read More

Getting Started with Icelandic Sheep

Icelandic sheep are an important breed for small and sustainable farms. This workshop provides an overview of the breed and shares stories from 13 years of working with Icelandics. Topics...
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Urban Soils & Raised Planters Over The Long Haul

Soils in urban spaces can benefit from the same practice used on larger farms such as cover cropping, micro-nutrients, soil amendments and maintenance of healthy soil biology. Come hear about...
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Fertility & Nutrient Balance

This talk seeks to help growers make beneficial fertilization decisions and thus raise abundant, healthful crops. It will present concepts on how to select appropriate fertilization methods and when to...
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The 4th Phase of Water

Come get the low down on the most important scientific breakthrough of the last 200 years. I will discuss how the fourth phase of water was discovered and show how...
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No-Till Vegetable Soil Prep & In Season/Post Season Management

With the goal of keeping soil covered as much as possible while raising the highest quality produce, we will look at vegetable families and discuss what we do at MHOF...
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Soil Health Through Biology

Come learn about managing healthy soils using the latest scientific research. In the last decade, scientists have been delving deep into our understanding of soil as a living substance. We’ll...
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Cover Crop Mixtures for Soil Health

Cover cropping is a best practice for soil health. Does scientific research prove the benefits of multi-species cover crop mixtures? What kind of challenges do they present? How can we...
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Four Dimensional Design Thinking on the Farm

Time is the fourth dimension, and we use it to our advantage on our 13 acre mixed-use farm in New Zealand. This workshop covers the concept of 4-dimensional design and...
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Systems & Methods of Regenerative Farming for Carrots & Lettuce

Learn the essentials of bed prep in a no-till, permanent bed system for both direct seeded crops and transplants. Dive deeper into our comprehensive system for successive crop production of...
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Lawn Alternatives, Radical Rethinking of Landscape Linoleum

What to do when there’s too much lawn. Low-maintenance grass and grass-like lawn alternatives, imaginative uses of native plants that create or enhance quality habitat, sequester more carbon, and add...
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Carbon Sequestration Agroforestry in Temperate New England

Using a current and ongoing Agroforestry/Permaculture project, we will walk through considerations in the design process and finish with NRCS CPS practices that are both relevant to Agroforestry and take...
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