Friday Workshops Sessions

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Friday Intensives

Feud on the Farm:

Through a new grant from the USDA and MOPC, the Mediation and Training Collaborative (TMTC) offers education and mediation services to farmers.

Introduction to Organic Certification

Getting certified is easier and simpler than you think!

Mentoring Next Generation Farmers:

MESA’s online learning network has resources to enrich hands-on farm training.

Leadership in Community Gardens

An integral part of a thriving community garden is strong leadership.

How to Start a School Garden

Are you interested in starting or improving an educational edible garden at your school? Learn step-by-step strategies in creating and sustaining a bountiful plot for students.

Veal: No Longer the Ugly Meat

With proponents of sustainable agriculture working to distinguish between sustainable and conventional livestock, one facet of farming has yet to break out of the vilified reputation – veal.

Structural Pruning of Shade Trees & Ornamentals

A detailed, informative and entertaining intensive on training our largest landscape plants for proper form and sustainable growth.

Beginners Garlic Growing

Starting by looking at a simple bulb of garlic, beginners will gain a framework for successful garlic growing by looking at the different stages of planting, harvesting, processing and selling.

A Sick Sheep is NOT a Dead Sheep!

In this workshop we will bust open various common myths about shepherding.

Plant Propagation: The Asexual Gift That Keeps Giving.

This workshop will offer a broad overview on many different types of vegetative propagation

Preserving the Past & Tasting the Present

Taste the harvest long after the season has passed!

The Role of Biochar in Organic Farming

Biochar has beneficial effects when properly integrated into an organic farming system.

Organic Fertilizers Demystified

Paul will guide you through a comprehensive look at organic fertilizer ingredients

Seed Sovereignty is Food Sovereignty

Seed is the fundamental unit of our food system.

Walking the Labyrinth’s Path: Ecological Art in Action

Learn about ancient labyrinths and today’s “earth art” movement as we weave willow fencing and create a labyrinth to walk.

Tour: Let’s Go PYO!

The extensive Pick-Your-Own at Brookfield Farm includes berries, beans, herbs, cherry and paste tomatoes, flowers, garlic, peas, pumpkins and more.

Beginning Small Scale Pastured Poultry- Brooder to Bag

This workshop will provide a detailed overview of the proven basics of brooding, raising, and processing poultry.

Make the Most of Your Urban & Suburban Garden

Urban and suburban gardens have unique challenges and opportunities.

CSA Around the World:

CSA farmers/organizers from all continents gathered in China at the 6th International CSA Conference to exchange experiences and plan further expansion of family farm-scale agro-ecological projects.

Community Ownership:

What is the co-op model and how can it help make local food systems work for people with limited food budgets?

Reclaiming Your Pantry

A well-stocked pantry provides the comfort that we truly understand the source of what we eat, and empowers us to cook holistically

Singing for Freedom & a Livable Future

Come for a respite from the intense intellectual engagement of the conference!

“From Seed to Sauce”, the Art of Tomato Growing

Learn to find great heirloom tomato varieties, grow a great crop, and use your bounty creatively.

Keeping Sheep Organically

Learn options for managing sheep organically, including breeds and housing, practices for parasite control, handling, feeding and health care.

Pruning Fruit Trees for Health & Longevity

Attendees will learn organic fruit tree care from an arborist’s perspective.

Your Daily Dose of Herbs

Herbs can be a simple and powerful addition to your daily life, supporting holistic wellness and emotional and physical balance.

Non-NPK Organic Soil Amendments in Spinach

Learn about short-term effects of azomite, biochar, humates, basalt dust, and zeolites on yield and Brix in spinach and potatoes.

Integrated Pest Management in Cucurbits

Cuke beetles, and squash bugs, and mildews, oh my! Cucurbits are susceptible to many many insects and diseases.

Cooking Grass Fed Meats for Flavor & Nutrition

Joan will discuss what makes grass fed beef different and why it requires different cooking techniques.

Getting the Farm Transfer/ Transition Process Started

Robert will address the challenges that families face when initiating the farm transition process of passing on management and ownership and show how to plan for one family gradually easing out while the other eases in.

Tour: Gardening With Mushrooms

Learn how to bring mushrooms into your home and garden!

The State of Organic Ag at the Massachusetts State House

The formal 2015-2016 Massachusetts legislative session has just ended.

Digestive Wellness: A Gut Feeling

Maintain your gut microbiome for optimal health With Beth Colon, M.S., owner of Holistic Nutrition Services LLC in Westborough, MA. Research is beginning to show a link between the brain and gut microbiology. How do your food choices affect your gut? Do your choices promote healthy brain development and behavior? This informative session will help...
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Beth Colon

The Nourishing Homestead

Explore numerous aspects of homesteading.
Ben Hewitt

High Tunnels:

High tunnels can be a great way to grow your farm from a seasonal enterprise to a year round one, to cope with climate change, and to get significantly more sales dollars per acre. However, successful long term management requires different practices than outdoor growing and the high tunnel environment isn’t necessarily as forgiving to...
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Andy Fellenz

Regenerative Agriculture

With Andre Leu, farmer and President of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), based in Australia.
Andre Leu

The Art and Science of Grazing

Learn basic principles of good grazing management systems, from the perspective of the plants and the livestock. Using examples of real farm grazing systems, we will cover fencing, water systems, lanes, paddock sizing and acreage requirements. Understand how to use different stocking densities, pre and post grazing heights, length of rest periods, different plant species...
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Sarah Flack