2019 Adult Workshops

Saturday 8-9:30AM

Farming the Fringe: Guerrilla Propagation Tactics for Unlikely Places

Franklin Patterson Faculty Lounge | WKSP # | 1

Small-plot growers may feel compelled to copy conventional planting dates, seeding protocols, and transplanting routines. But what happens if we consider (opportunistically) breaking these rules? Inspired by a lifetime of gleaning, recycling and "low-tech" permaculture, farmer Dan will describe and discuss alternative propagation and season-extension methods, targeting marginal spaces, with little machinery, capital or fossil fuel.

Danny Botkin, Owner/operator of Laughing Dog Farm, a permaculture-inspired homestead and teaching space in Gill, MA.

Summer Mushroom Hunting in Massachusetts

Franklin Patterson East Lecture | WKSP # | 2

We will present a new slideshow about mushroom hunting in general, and about the summer mushrooms in particular; it will focus on various local species which we consider "safe for beginners". Part two will be a guided walk somewhere on the grounds.

Ryan T Bouchard, Author/photographer of Gourmet Mushrooms of the Northeast 2019. Co-founder of The Mushroom Hunting Foundation.

Emily Schmidt, Expert on creative cooking uses of wild-foraged ingredients. Co-founder of The Mushroom Hunting Foundation.

Look, Smell, Touch, Taste: Cucurbits Old & New in the Northeast

Outside: Lawn | WKSP # | 3

Let's explore the history of cucurbits with all our senses! Come taste the diversity of cantaloupes we can grow in our short seasons while building your skills with hands-on squash pollination demonstrations. See how we restore forgotten varieties and develop new ones. Learn how you can play a role as we grow the future together!

Heron Breen, Farmer, seed saver, seed grower, plant breeder, employee of Fedco Seeds co-op.

Petra Page-Mann, Life-long seed saver, author & storyteller, co-founder of Fruition Seeds.

Simple Season Extension for the Market Gardener

Franklin Patterson 103 | WKSP # | 4

Come learn how to grow fresh vegetables into the winter using appropriately timed planting, cold tolerant varieties, and simple unheated covers and structures. Combine with proper storage, you can have vegetables for a small CSA or market all winter long. This workshop is targeted at growers who have limited/no heated growing space. 

Jen Burt, Farm Steward of the Dismas Family Farm.

Beyond Pesticides: Local Action for Organic Landcare

Franklin Patterson 102 | WKSP # | 5

Find out how Beyond Pesticide supports local organizing for municipal pesticides ordinances and about funding available to start an organic landcare program in your city/town.

Jay Feldman, Executive Director/Co-Founder of Beyond Pesticides, former NOSB Board Member.

Agroforestry in the Northeast

Franklin Patterson 107 | WKSP # | 6

A look at agroforestry prospects in the Northeastern USA, beyond forest gardening, mushrooms, and ginseng. Stacking agricultural enterprises with forestry can offer unique environmental and financial possibilities.

Karl Hallen, Farmer, forester, entrepreneur, researcher with the college of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY.

Building the Solidarity Economy - CSA Around the World

Franklin Patterson 106 | WKSP # | 7

CSAs are part of the international peasant/small holder movement for food sovereignty and economic solidarity, with networks in countries around the world. Hear a report from the Urgenci 7th International CSA Symposium, Greece, November, 2018. The focus of this workshop will be what we in the US can learn from outstanding examples in other countries.

Elizabeth Henderson, Managed a CSA for 29 years, author of Sharing the Harvest, honorary president of Urgenci.

Principles to Produce Nutrient Dense Food

Franklin Patterson Main Lecture | WKSP # | 8

Nutrient Dense crops are the byproducts of well functioning biological systems. This workshop will cover a number of critical environmental conditions and management practices necessary for the production of these more flavorful, aromatic, nutritious, pest and disease resistant harvests.

Dan Kittredge, Eclectic, farmer, NGO Director, focused on systemic solutions.

Food Is Medicine

Merrill Kitchen/Living Room | WKSP # | 9

Knowing where your food comes from and how it is prepared aids in the overall health of the family household.

Julius Kolowole, Responsible for the operation of AARI's core programs. AARI currently runs six urban gardens in South Providence.

Update on Food Safety Rules for Small Producers & Co-ops

Franklin Patterson 105 | WKSP # | 10

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. Learn how to comply with the federal rules and where to find the resources, education and training to minimize cost to your business.

Roger Noonan, President, New England Farmers Union, and organic farmer.

Vickie Smith, Food Safety Specialist for New England Farmers Union.

Happy Pigs Taste Better: An Introduction to Pastured Swine

Franklin Patterson 101 | WKSP # | 11

How do I select a healthy piglet? What breed should I buy? What should I feed my pigs? How do I fence pigs so that they'll stay where they belong? How do I tell when a pig is ready to harvest? Let's get ready to raise some happy pigs!

Alice Percy, Author of "Happy Pigs Taste Better" and coordinator at Fedco Organic Growers Supply.

Lyme Prevention Best Practices: Buhner’s Herbal “Healing Lyme” & Beyond

Franklin Patterson 104 | WKSP # | 13

We all want to avoid Lyme and also want to go outdoors! Learn stuff that works. I’ll demo how to make immune-supportive Astragalus (specific for Lyme). We’ll sample tinctures, repellent, topical bite remedy, and learn to do religious body checks, use a remover properly, and discuss options for treating Lyme.

Sarah Stockwell-Arthen, Follows the work of herbalist Stephen Buhner and is the remedy-maker at Hilltown Herbals.

Planting For Honeybees & Other Pollinators in New England

Franklin Patterson 108 | WKSP # | 14

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 selection of plants through the year. Many original photographs of bees on flowers taken primarily on the presenters’ property.

Ed Szymanski, Homesteader and beekeeper, President of Norfolk County Beekeepers Association, amateur bee and flower photographer.

Marian Szymanski, Homesteader, beekeeper, avid gardener.

Organic Farming Innovation Award (OFIA) Summit

Robert Crown Center | WKSP # | 15

The Organic Farming Innovation Award (OFIA) is a prize awarded to highlight organic innovations of scientists, extension agents and practitioners. All are welcome to attend! See Pg XX for more information.

The Fourth Phase of Water

Franklin Patterson West Lecture Hall | WKSP # | 16

The fourth phase of water is arguably the most intriguing and important scientific discovery over the last 200 years. From microscopic subcellular maintenance, to the macro-world of current climate change, structured water involves us all. We will also discuss ‘cides and their role in killing life at the atomic level. Participants are encouraged to pre-view any talk by Dr. Gerald Pollack!

Bill Mackently, Life-long farmer and horticulturalist.

Darning 101

Merrill Kitchen/Living Room | WKSP # | 21

In this workshop, you will learn three traditional methods of darning, plus a fourth fusion method that Bonny has developed herself. (Depending on the type of hole or wear, different methods are appropriate.) The final method is particularly good for inconspicuously darning small moth holes in lambswool and cashmere sweaters. Bringing a darning project encouraged!

Bonny Carmicino, Couturier and sewing teacher; graduate of both MIT and FIT.


Saturday 10-11:30AM

Cheesemaking Basics

Dakin Kitchen/Living Room | WKSP # | 12

We will learn to make yogurt, chèvre, and ricotta salata. Along the way, we will cover the basics: curds; whey; cultures; rennet; and sourcing different types of milk.

Diana Phillips, Owner of Happy Goats Farm, cheesemaker, herbalist.

Seed Saving From Annual Flowers & Herbs

Franklin Patterson Faculty Lounge | WKSP # | 17

An introduction to seed saving from annual flowers and herbs, especially those that support diverse pollinators.

Lia Babitch, Works at Turtle Tree, has been seed saving for over 12 years.

Ian Robb, Works at Turtle Tree and has been gardening for over 45 wonder-filled years.

Fermenting Social Justice Values In The NOFA Culture

Dakin Kitchen/Living Room | WKSP # | 18

Contribute your vital voice in forming a food justice presence in our state chapters and in committing to making food system equity a NOFA core value. What roles can organic agriculture, and NOFA specifically, play—while simultaneously expanding our own inclusivity and diversity—in contributing to healthy communities and helping new farms and new forms of community grow?

Louis Battalen, Northeast organizer for the Agricultural Justice Project, lives on the Berkshires' eastern facing slopes.

Elizabeth Henderson, Organic farmer, member of NOFA-NY Board, and the author of Sharing The Harvest.

Summer Mushrooms of Massachusetts Guided Walk

Outside: Lawn | WKSP # | 19

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, collecting, and transporting them. If possible, attend the indoor mushroom class first.

Ryan T. Bouchard, Author of Gourmet Mushrooms of the Northeast, co-creator of The Mushroom Hunting Foundation.

Emily Schmidt, Teacher of safe wild foraging and creative cooking; co-creator of The Mushroom Hunting Foundation.

Into the Weeds: Food and Farming Justice in Bronx Schools

Franklin Patterson 103 | WKSP # | 20

Weeds are regarded as invasive species, but they can teach us about resilience and healing. By focusing on medicinal plants and weeds, participants will learn about community buy-in of school-based work. Community Food Action fosters connections between people, nature and food. Like weeds, marginalized communities are adaptive, as schools and food programs must be.

Maria Caicedo, Bilingual educator and community worker who coordinates school-based work and leads Farmers Markets for Kids.

Taisy Conk, Program Director of Community Food Action.

The Fat Kitchen: How to Render, Cure & Cook with Lard, Tallow, & Poultry Fats

Franklin Patterson 101 | WKSP # | 22

Animal fats are a healthier choice than polyunsaturated seed oils and they give far better results in cooking and baking. Learn how to render all kinds of fat to make it ready for cooking and baking, how to store it, and how to use it.

Andrea Chesman, Cookbook author, most recent book deals with rendering, and cooking with lard, tallow, and poultry fat.

Building Soil Carbon: for Your Garden/Farm, Your Health, & Our Climate

Franklin Patterson East Lecture | WKSP # | 23

What exactly is behind the growing interest in no-till, cover crops, and crop rotation? What do these practices have to do with returning atmospheric carbon to the soil? Come learn what Farmers, Gardeners and Homeowners can do to sequester carbon, improve plant and soil health, and increase food quality and quantity all at once.

Julie Rawson, Farmer at the diverse Many Hands Organic Farm where carbon sequestering practices are ever evolving.

Jack Kittredge, Editor of The Natural Farmer and author of Carbon Restoration: Can Biology Do the Job?

From Bulbils to Bulbs: Growing Garlic and Saving Propagation Materials

Franklin Patterson 107 | WKSP # | 24

Learn strategies used to grow garlic that has good marketability, storage quality, and yield without the need for plastic or irrigation.  In this workshop, methods for perennializing garlic, propagating garlic from bulbils, and companion planting will be covered as well as mulching or not, composting, and efficient harvesting.

Karl Hammer, Founder and president of Vermont Compost Company. Has been growing the same Rocambole Garlic since the 80's.

Defining Food Quality: Tools, Science and Collaboration

Franklin Patterson Main Lecture | WKSP # | 25

The Bionutrient Food Association and Real Food Campaign have embarked on a open source project to develop a hand held spectrometer used to test relative nutrient density, as well as building and populating databases sufficient to define relative nutrient density and identify causal production practices. Stop in for an update on this project!

Dan Kittredge, Eclectic, farmer, NGO Director, focused on systemic solutions.

Keeping Sheep Organically

Outside: Lawn | WKSP # | 26

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 NH.

Nubian Culture in Gardening

Franklin Patterson 106 | WKSP # | 27

How to build and run gardens using easiest way to produce the most organic vegetables, and benefit as many people to strengthen the communities.

Sayed Mohamed-Nour, I am a Nubian, grow up on a farm, and coordinator of NUBIA Seed & Yield since 2008, running gardening programs at nine sites.

Organic Lawn Care

Franklin Patterson 102 | WKSP # | 28

The workshop will discuss the reasons for taking the organic approach to lawn care.  We will talk about soil health, biology and the techniques we use to grow grass.

Michael Murray, Has been providing organic lawn care to homeowners in the Boston area for 18 years.

The Unseen World in the Soil: Microbes, & Soil Health

Franklin Patterson 104 | WKSP # | 29

In this workshop, I will describe the various forms of microscopic organisms, their interrelationships and their beneficial roles in nutrient cycling, soil structure and plant health. Recent advances in the science of soil microbiology and ecology and the potential effects of climate change will also be offered.

Jack Nelson, PhD Microbiologist and organic gardener.

The Science, Art, Fun & Tasty Fruit of Espalier

Franklin Patterson 108 | WKSP # | 30

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 work best, and the theory and practice of training and maintaining espaliers for maximum beauty and high-quality fruit production.

Lee Reich, Farmdener, writer, consultant, and scientist.

Thinking Like a Watershed: Scaling Up Climate Resilience Planning

Franklin Patterson Main Lecture | WKSP # | 31

The effects of climate change extend across property boundaries, and our responses and solutions must as well. This workshop will zoom out from farm-scale climate resilience planning to practices of watershed-scale thinking and design. Come explore how farmers and land stewards at all scales can collaborate to repair larger living systems and cycles.

Connor Stedman, Ecological farm planner and educator working to mitigate climate change while strengthening viable farm businesses.

How to Start or Convert to a Co-op Business

Franklin Patterson 105 | WKSP # | 32

Want business succession, retain jobs, build economic sustainability?  Co-ops root business in communities, strengthen buy-in, and build resilient and sustainable economy and food systems. Learn how co-ops work, start-up process, benefits of conversion, financing, and history. Hear from those who’ve converted to the co-op model, worker co-ops, and co-op developers.

Larisa Demos, Worker/member-owner Green Mountain Spinnery, Board of Directors, Valley Alliance of Worker Co-operatives.

Suzette Snow-Cobb, Has been involved with co-ops since the '80s, works for the Neighboring Food Co-op Association.

Organic Farming Innovation Award (OFIA) Summit

Robert Crown Center | WKSP # | 33

The Organic Farming Innovation Award (OFIA) is a prize awarded to highlight organic innovations of scientists, extension agents and practitioners. All are welcome to attend! See Pg XX for more information.


Saturday 1-2:30PM

Medicinal Mushrooms in the Kitchen

Merrill Kitchen/Living Room | WKSP # | 34

Mushrooms wonderfully walk the line between food and medicine. Combine their versatility in the kitchen with their medicinal virtues and you have a winning combination! This class will go in-depth on medicinal mushrooms easily incorporated into the kitchen. We'll learn about their medicinal benefits, favorite recipes, flavor combinations, and herb-pairings as we go. 

Jade Alicandro Mace, Herbalist and Educator at Milk & Honey Herbs.

Making Bionutrient Raised Beds & Containers Really Work

Franklin Patterson 102 | WKSP # | 35

A lot of raised beds don’t thrive and produce. It takes translation skills to use in-ground soil management techniques in raised structures. There are “tricks” and specific information that will make your raised beds and containers successful and raise great food where ever you can set up a bed.

ML Altobelli, 35 years experience with high production raised gardens on all kinds of sites.

Seed Saving From Biennials

Franklin Patterson Faculty Lounge | WKSP # | 36

We will discuss saving seeds from biennials, some of the challenges and pitfalls, including storage, selection and spacing.

Lia Babitch, Works at Turtle Tree, has been seed saving for over 12 years.

Ian Robb, Works at Turtle Tree and has been gardening for over 45 wonder-filled years.

The Winter CSA

Franklin Patterson West Lecture | WKSP # | 37

After six seasons of running an 80 share CSA farm, Noah and Sophie of Alprilla Farm shifted their "CSA Season" from June-October to October-February. In essence, they are now able to focus on growing all summer and then marketing all winter. Learn how this change has improved their quality of life, bottom line and labor efficiency.

Noah Courser-Kellerman, Raises vegetables, grassfed beef and grains at Alprilla Farm in Essex, MA.

Sophie Courser-Kellerman, Raises vegetables, grassfed beef and grains at Alprilla Farm in Essex, MA.

Your Input Needed at NOFA's Policy Workshop!

Franklin Patterson 104 | WKSP # | 38

Interstate NOFA Policy is starting to see some bright light at the end of the tunnel! Now is the time to put forth proposals that can be implemented soon after the 2020 elections. Join this interactive workshop to go over this year's agenda and contribute to our grassroots organic policy initiatives.

Steve Gilman, NOFA Interstate Policy Coordinator.

Liana Hoodes, Policy Specialist for NOFA-NY and a longtime organic activist.

Practicing Self-Care: Yoga for On Farm Stress Management

Outside: Lawn | WKSP # | 39

Participants will enjoy a simple yoga sequence incorporating easy movement, breath work, and brief meditation, followed by a discussion of the physiological benefits of yoga and mindfulness for stress management. The group will explore ways to incorporate body-based self care into their daily lives, and how to provide more farming communities access to yoga.

Alicia Harvie, Farm Aid's Advocacy & Farmer Services Director and is a registered yoga instructor.

Innovative Leadership: Addressing the Generation Gap

Robert Crown Center | WKSP # | 40

Succession planning, entrepreneurialism, diversity and renewal in organic agriculture are issues regularly discussed in the context of the future of organic agriculture. Innovative leadership practices are fundamental to help us break out of an old paradigm. This session, inspired by the Organic Leadership Course of IFOAM – Organics International, will address the challenges around leadership renewal and innovation.

Konrad Hauptfleisch, Head of Capacity Development at IFOAM - Organics International.

Regenerative Agriculture in Urban Planning: Lessons from Western Queens

Franklin Patterson 103 | WKSP # | 41

A discussion of urban planning from a regenerative design perspective, looking at how regenerative agriculture principles can advance climate change resilience, urban ecological restoration, and environmental justice in housing.

Mike Hollis, Farms Director for NYC supportive housing developer and co-founder for regenerative art/design non-profit.

Food Co-ops: Democratizing Human Health & Food Security

Franklin Patterson 105 | WKSP # | 42

What is the co-op model and how does it help make healthy, local food and community ownership more available to everyone?  Hear from co-op leaders about how they are working together to empower people to build more inclusive, healthy, and just food systems and economies.

Bonnie Hudspeth, Co-op Developer, Neighboring Food Co-op Association.

Sarah Kanabay, Outreach and Communications Manager, Franklin Community Co-op.

Herbal Infused Ghee: Medicine for the Brain & Body

Dakin Kitchen/Living Room | WKSP # | 43

Learn about the ancient healing properties of ghee (clarified butter) particularly when infused with herbs and spices. This workshop will demonstrate how to make medicinal ghee for supporting the deep tissues and organ systems in the body. Not only is ghee deliciously buttery, it is one the best foods as medicine. Taste tests, handouts and recipes included.

Hannah Jacobson-Hardy, Community Herbalist and founder of Sweet Birch Herbals & Full Moon Ghee.

Hidden Dangers of Glyphosate

Franklin Patterson 107 | WKSP # | 44

Glyphosate is now used on almost all crops, not just GMOs. This workshop details how glyphosate disrupts gut flora, immune and neurological function; and why and how it contributes to a host of chronic disease. Find out how to avoid exposure and heal from glyphosate toxicity.

Brigitta Jansen, MS CN practices functional medicine nutrition in Connecticut.

An Introduction to Day-Neutral Strawberries

Franklin Patterson 106 | WKSP # | 45

Enjoy fresh strawberries until Thanksgiving! Growing day-neutral strawberries requires different techniques than traditional June strawberries. Learn the advantages of day-neutral varieties and how to grow them for great flavor, high yields, and an extended harvest season.

Alice Percy, Ten years' farming experience and is a coordinator at Fedco's Organic Grower Supply.

Working With Horses: Basics & Beyond

Outside: Lawn | WKSP # | 46

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 they think, how to work safely around them, and how they can benefit your farming operation.

Kim Mastrianni, Works with people and horses to improve communication and understanding.

Dale Perkins, Works with people and horses on a small family farm.

Base Mapping for Permaculture Design

Outside: Lawn | WKSP # | 47

Using features of the campus, we will work though aspects of base mapping to collect information necessary for design. This includes 'critical site features', the methods for locating them; triangulation, extension lines, and tools; tape measure, A-Frame and laser level, and add the collected information to a base map.

Sven Pihl, Regenerative Land Planner/Designer and educator based in Connecticut.

Fruit Tree Planting & Establishment

Franklin Patterson 108 | WKSP # | 48

Success with fruit trees starts with selecting the right kind of nursery tree. From there, we’ll cover planting- dispelling certain myths about when and how to do it- and then move on to early care — pruning, staking, watering, and soil management. All these details are important to getting a fruit tree off to a good start and a healthy future.

Lee Reich, Farmdener, writer, consultant, and scientist.

Best Perennial Plants for Edible Landscaping

Franklin Patterson East Lecture Hall | WKSP # | 49

Join Dave and Marina as they highlight their favorite edible perennial plants to incorporate into the Northeast landscape. This workshop will feature detailed plant profiles and lists outlining where the plants fit best in the landscape (i.e. sun-loving, vining, groundcover, shade tolerant, etc).

Dave Scandurra, Founded Edible Landscapes of Cape Cod in 2012. A passionate food grower and plant enthusiast.

Marina Matos, Co-operator of Edible Landscapes of Cape Cod. Passionate about medicinal and edible plants alike.

Growing Carbon Farming in the Northeast: Pathways to Carbon Drawdown

Franklin Patterson Main Lecture | WKSP # | 50

Farms have a large role to play in the global and regional solutions to climate change, particularly through carbon sequestration. This workshop will provide an up-to-date global and regional overview of the carbon farming field.  We will focus on both familiar and new systems, practices, and crops with the greatest production and business viability for the Northeast.

Connor Stedman, Ecological farm planner and educator working to mitigate climate change while strengthening viable farm businesses.

A Year in Beekeeping: Colony Management Through the Seasons

Franklin Patterson 101 | WKSP # | 51

Honey bee colonies require observation and management throughout the year. This workshop covers the various tasks and timing involved on a month by month basis. Feeding, swarm control, mite testing and treatment, honey production, requeening, winter prep discussed.

Ed Szymanski, Homesteader; beekeeper; Program Director, Mass. Beekeepers Association; beekeeping educator.

Sunday 8-9:30AM

Climate Justice: Youth Perspectives, the Food System, & Racial Equity

Franklin Patterson 105 | WKSP # | 52

Teen employees of the Green Team program will present an interactive workshop on how climate justice relates to the issues they care about most, including the food system and agriculture. Climate change is deeply connected to food production and security, racial health equity, and community relationships to each other and the land.

Rae Axner, Youth Employment Program Manager at Groundwork Somerville and supervises the Green Team.

Green Team Member(s),

Japanese Knotweed: Treatment, Control, Transition

Franklin Patterson 102 | WKSP # | 53

Landscapes are dynamic places, constantly in transition, resilient as they recover from minor and extreme disturbance. Japanese knotweed can disrupt the system’s delicate balance, but management of infestations is a nuanced task. Learn where to focus energies and what non-chemical site rehabilitation efforts involve over extended timeframes.

Michael Bald, Owner and Founder of Got Weeds?.  Rehabilitating landscapes across New England since 2011.

Guerilla Marketing for Small- to Mid-size Farms

ASH | WKSP # | 54

Do you wish there were more effective ways to execute marketing and get customers’ attention? Guerilla marketing uses unexpected techniques to astonish and attract customers by presenting brands memorably — shocking, funny, unique, clever, or creative — while generating valuable buzz. Learn the tactical approach, the surprise effect, how to develop ideas, and much more — all on a tight budget.

Darryl Benjamin, Sustainable food consultant, educator, and author.

CBD Medicine Making

Dakin Kitchen/Living Room | WKSP # | 55

In this class you will learn how to create the most effective CBD remedies in your own home kitchen. We will explore the hemp plant’s phytochemistry and extraction techniques, and learn how to accurately dose finished products. Participants will get hands-on experience making a few hemp-based herbal remedies, and get to take home their creations.

Stephanie Boucher, VT-based clinical herbalist and cannabis coach, specializing in CBD products.

Ventilation in Greenhouses & High Tunnels

Franklin Patterson 106 | WKSP # | 56

This workshop will review the fundamentals of ventilation in high tunnels and greenhouses including topics of passive ventilation (roll-up sides, doors, ridge vents and peak vents) as well as mechanical ventilation (fans and louvers).

Chris Callahan, Agricultural Engineer with UVM Extension.

Mushrooms as Medicine: Exploring How to Use Fungi

Franklin Patterson Faculty Lounge | WKSP # | 57

We will discuss how mushrooms have been used as a medicinal source historically, and how they are used currently. We will go over what current products are available and the pros and cons to these different products.

Willie Crosby, Mushroom educator and researcher. He owns Fungi Ally.

Moving From Charity to Justice:  A Model for Farms Working with Food Insecure People

Franklin Patterson 104 | WKSP # | 58

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 charity? Abundance Farm is a community collaboration between a synagogue, a school and a food pantry. Learn about how the farm, inspired by biblical agricultural practices, strives to be model of food justice.

Jacob Fine, Director of Abundance Farm, a Jewish food justice farm, outdoor classroom and community building space.

Rose Cherneff, Farm Manager at Abundance Farm. Interested in how farming can serve to build community.

Vegetable Production with Draft Horses

Outside: Lawn | WKSP # | 59

A detailed description of our vegetable production system. We'll focus on layout, equipment, and order of operations first. Then we'll talk successes and failures. A lengthy Q & A will focus first on answering production details for experienced teamsters, and then on broader questions on horse farming for farmers new to draft horses.

Lincoln Fishman, Farming vegetables with horses since 2010.

Natural Approaches to Beekeeping

Franklin Patterson 103 | WKSP # | 60

We will talk about alternative approaches to beekeeping using natural methods versus chemical methods to protect the pollinator population. Discussion based upon research accomplished at Mass Audubon Drumlin Farm.

Mel Gadd, Mass Beekeeper of the Year 2018, Mass Audubon Drumlin Farm's Beekeeper.

Fruit Tree Pruning: An Arborist's Perspective

Outside: Lawn | WKSP # | 61

An eyes-and-hands-on workshop to discuss and demonstrate proper pruning techniques for tree health, form, production, disease and pest management.

Tom Ingersoll, MA and ISA Certified Arborist, CT Licensed Arborist and NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional.

Designing Perennial Guilds & Polycultures

Franklin Patterson Main Lecture | WKSP # | 62

Plants in nature usually grow in species mixtures called polycultures and form relationship “guilds.”  We can use scientific theory and practical design processes to combine plants into guilds and polycultures that yield beneficial ecosystem properties. Lets review the science and analyze some example polycultures of useful perennial plants.

Dave Jacke, Playful perennial polyculture practitioner and possibilitarian, co-author of Edible Forest Gardens.

Digestion: The Roots of our Health

Merrill Kitchen/Living Room | WKSP # | 63

A popular expression is you are what you eat, but you may not be; if you are what you digest is considered.  Bloating, sluggish digestion, indigestion, acid reflux etc. can cause nutritional deficiencies and other health problems.  John shares what food, lifestyle practices, supplements, natural remedies and herbs will help.

John Kozinski, MEA, FSMA, Founder IDX Diagnosis® and Full Spectrum Macrobiotics Approach counseler, 44 years private practice and Kushi Instittute.

Smoking Meat at Home

Franklin Patterson 108 | WKSP # | 64

This workshop will establish the basic concepts, elements and techniques necessary to build one’s own smoker and produce smoked meats at home. I will take people through the basic elements of smoking, the various techniques used in smoking meat, and how to build various types of simple smokers at home.

Jake Levin, Lives in the southern Berkshires where he is a whole-animal-butcher, meat curer, educator, and author.

Diversify Your Farm: Breeding Heritage Hogs for Profit/Genetic Diversity

Franklin Patterson 101 | WKSP # | 65

This workshop will aim to discuss the benefits of integrating heritage hogs into your farming operation and educate folks on the benefits of conserving rare breeds of livestock. We'll cover the basics of swine breeding, as well as my experience marketing breeding stock, navigating registries, selling value added products and educating consumers.

April Nugent, Graduate of Hampshire College with a passion for heritage breeds and local food.

Localizing Seeds: Maintaining Regional Heirlooms and Breeding New Varieties

Franklin Patterson West Lecture | WKSP # | 66

Farmers and gardeners can reclaim our role as seed stewards. Why leave something so fundamental in the hands of the multinationals? A bit of philosophy, some science, a peek behind the seed industry's curtain, and a lot of practicality about fitting seed work into a commercial diversified market farm.

Tevis Robertson-Goldberg, Farmer, Seed Saver for 20 years, Plant Breeder.

Glyphosate Secrets: What Monsanto (Bayer) Doesn't Want You to Know

Franklin Patterson 107 | WKSP # | 67

Glyphosate, the weedkilling ingredient in Roundup, is in the news. More and more organizations (NOFA/Mass included) and countries are working to ban it. Why? This workshop will discuss the many glyphosate secrets hidden from consumers and how you can help remove it from agriculture and store shelves.

Ed Stockman, Organic farmer (46 yrs.), biologist, 4th generation farmer, cofounder Regeneration Massachusetts.

The No-Till Market Garden

Franklin Patterson East Lecture | WKSP # | 68

In 2016 we transitioned 3 acres into no-till production with great success.  In this workshop we will discuss the benefits of no-till, the systems and management strategies we use to continue to grow more food, while improving the soil, and decreasing disease, insect, and weed pressure.

Doug Wolcik, 7 years managing at Gaining Ground Farm in Concord.

Sunday 10-11:30AM

CSA’s: Where Are We Now?

Franklin Patterson 107 | WKSP # | 118

From their first introduction in the 80s, to the age of online grocery shopping and meal kit services: how has the CSA model changed with the times?  Reflect with two well established programs from different perspectives - Brookfield Farm and Upswing Farm - and then join a collective brainstorm to address questions about the various CSA related challenges farms are facing. 

Dan Kaplan, Has been the manager of Brookfield Farm, a 500-share CSA, since 1994.

Brittany Overshiner, Owner and operator, Upswing Farm, a decade of experience starting two farms from scratch. Mom.

Managing Invasive Plant Species without Synthetic Pesticides: A Path to Success for Landowners

Franklin Patterson 105 | WKSP # | 69

We hear that synthetic pesticides are the way to go for managing landscapes.That our safety concerns are unfounded, that no other options exist, that the science is complete, that impacts are minimal, and high effectiveness comes with low costs. This is not true at all; come find out Why.

Michael Bald, Owner and Founder of “Got Weeds?” Rehabilitating landscapes across New England since 2011.

Invasive Weeds on Your Plate Part 1

Outside: Lawn | WKSP # | 70

Join us as we forage the grounds in search of edible and medicinal wild plants! We will focus our interest on those invasive species of trees, shrubs and weeds which are plentiful and easily obtained. Next, join us for Part II as we demonstrate how to use wild plants to make healthy kitchen medicine!

Alison Birks, Nutritionist, Clinical Herbalist, Instructor at The Institute of Sustainable Nutrition.

Joan Palmer, Director, The Institute of Sustainable Nutrition

Vegetable Crop Scouting for Integrated Pest Management

Outside: Lawn | WKSP # | 71

This workshop will take place in Hampshire college farm fields. Participants will learn to identify and scout for pests, beneficial insects, and other issues in vegetable crops to determine action thresholds for organic pesticides or cultural practices.  A discussion of researched and effective pest management strategies will be included.

Katie Campbell-Nelson, Extension Educator for the UMass Vegetable Program and supports farmers all over MA.

Indoor Mushroom Cultivation as a Small Scale or Ag Business Supplement

Franklin Patterson Faculty Lounge | WKSP # | 72

Learn about the opportunities and challenges to adding specialty mushroom cultivation to a farm business. We will introduce three different systems for growing mushrooms and cover basic parameters of fruiting and market access.

Willie Crosby, Mushroom educator and researcher. Owns Fungi Ally.

Permaculture Design For Regional Food Security

Franklin Patterson East Lecture | WKSP # | 73

As long as local organic farming advocates only rent or lease land to beginning farmers, we will continue to lack a vision for long term landscapes of posterity. Land available at equitable prices to beginning farmers with a lease to own option allows for less emphasis on annuals, and instead encourages perennial and tree crop development.

Andrew Faust, One of the premier Permaculture teachers and designers in North America, over 25 years of experience.

The Wild, Wacky, Wonderful World of Winter Squash

Franklin Patterson 101| WKSP # | 74

Have you noticed the incredible growth and popularity of different winter squash varieties? That is because the right varieties, properly grown, seasoned and stored is truly nature's nutritious, delicious fall and winter candy!  Learn what varieties are best (especially heirloom) and how to start, cultivate, harvest, store and process.     

Jack Mastrianni, Passionate purveyor and planter of pumpkins and winter squash for 50 years.


Herbs for the Home Garden

Franklin Patterson 102 | WKSP # | 75

This workshop will focus on common culinary herbs: basil, dill, coriander, parsley, oregano, chives, sage, savory, mint, garlic and rosemary. Skills taught will include growing herbs from seeds, transplants, division and cuttings; overwintering rosemary indoors, and tips for preserving herbs.

Christie Higginbottom, Garden historian and educator, coordinated the horticulture program at Old Sturbridge Village for 26 years.

Sheep & Goat Midwifery: Lessons & Stories From The Field

Franklin Patterson 103 | WKSP # | 76

Through presentation and storytelling, this session will cover birthing and neonate care. Participants will come away basic knowledge of sheep and goat husbandry from breeding to birthing, but also an appreciation of how midwifery is both an art and a science and a way of knowing that develops over time.

Ally Hunter, Biologist, farmer, and educator and raises sheep and goats.

Flatbreads from Antiquity to Today

Dakin Kitchen/Living Room | WKSP # | 77

In this hour long presentation Ben will discuss the origins and current usages of flatbreads within cuisine and the current state and availability of fresh grains and flours in the area.

Ben Lester, Ancient and heirloom heritage grain expert and activist educating and organizing for change!

Lean Farming 101

Adele Simmons Hall | WKSP # | 78

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 profit margins.  This workshop will introduce lean principles and concepts that are most useful in agricultural systems using examples from farms in the Northeast. 

Jen Miller, NOFA-VT Farmer Services Director, providing business planning and production technical assistance.

The Link Between Soils & Nutrition

Franklin Patterson West Lecture | WKSP # | 79

The growing environment is primary in determining the quality of a crop. In this workshop, we will examine the many disturbances and imbalances present in our modern growing environment which have so clearly led to the rampant ill-health of the human population. Methods for growers to overcome environmental imbalance and establish healthful soils, crops, and humans will be presented.

Bryan O'Hara, Has been growing vegetables for a livelihood on his CT farm, Tobacco Road Farm, for 30 years.

Building & Maintaining Healthy Urban Farm Soils

Franklin Patterson 106 | WKSP # | 80

City Farm is a bio-intensive production farm on 3/4 of an acre. We will cover step by step what we do during the course of the season to ensure that our high yielding farm continues to "build healthy soil, to grow healthy plants to feed a healthy community" while demonstrating good land steward practices.

Richard Pederson, This bio-intensive farmer has been building City Farm soils since 2001. 

Alejandra Mayorga, Passionate composter, soil steward and artist.

Homestead Soil Building: Starting from Stones

Franklin Patterson East Lecture | WKSP # | 81

Starting a homestead on a limited budget often means working with “less desirable land.” We’ll show the ways we transformed our degraded land into a healthy, diverse thriving ecosystem which includes garden, orchard, and pasture. We’ll explore how we co-created healthy living soil using simple techniques and time.

Sharon Gensler, Homesteading for over 40 years "learning and living the good life".  NOFA/Mass soil carbon educator.

Pru Smith, Homesteader 40+ years, fruit grower, yoga instructor and wellness coach.

Relationships Between Early Diet & Risk of Food Allergy

Franklin Patterson 104 | WKSP # | 82

I will review data from clinical studies designed to identify potential environmental risk factors for developing food allergies, with an emphasis on the maternal-child diet in the first few years of a child's life.

Wayne Shreffler, Division Chief, Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, Mass General Hosp; Assoc Prof Harvard Medical School.

Living Off the Grid: Tools for Getting Off Petroleum

Franklin Patterson 108 | WKSP # | 83

This workshop will discuss what we have done and not done to reduce our footprint. Discussion welcomed. A free copy of Being the Change will be given to 20 interested folks. Rapidly changing technology will be adressed to the limits of the presenters shrinking brain.

Dave Smalley, Living off the grid for over 16 years, our way of addressing climate change.

Home-cooked Vegan Comfort Food

Merrill Kitchen/Living Room | WKSP # | 84

Learn how to vegan, and well, on a budget. All through my journey to finding healthier local farm fresh foods while living in a food desert. I will share some of my recipes for vegan comfor food, which we will make.

Shaunia Swinton, Farmer who went vegan and started a business from my lifestyle.

Sunday 1-2:30PM

Farming for Biodiversity: Designing Pollination Systems to Sustain Native Wildlife

Franklin Patterson Faculty Lounge | WKSP # | 85

Wild pollination systems are being degraded rapidly, raising concern over an impending ecological catastrophe. Yet most efforts to create pollinator habitat have only increased common species, rather than the range of wild pollinators needed for ecosystem health and resiliency. We will explore the critical role of plant selection in designing and planning for pollinators.

Evan Abramson, Pollination Systems Designer + Planner, Landscape |nteractions. Building biodiversity and ecological resilience at the ecosystems level.

Seaweed: Food, Feed, & Fertilizer

Franklin Patterson 104 | WKSP # | 86

Explore ways seaweeds can be utilized in organic agriculture.  We can discuss foliar sprays, ground fertilizers, animal feeds-- and food for the farmer!

Trey Angera, NOFA/Mass board member, partner in largest organic seaweed farm in North America.

School Food Justice

Dakin Kitchen/Living Room | WKSP # | 87

School Food must be centered in the push for a just food system. Young people of color in Hartford have a campaign to make it happen. We will discuss the Ten Slices of Justice Campaign and have participants work through scenarios to implement them.

Sarana Beik, Youth worker, permaculturist, herbalist and mother of 3 from Hartford, CT.

Zakia Beik, High school student in Hartford. She has been with Grow Hartford for a year.

Invasive Weeds on Your Plate Part 2

Merrill Kitchen/Living Room | WKSP # | 88

Join us in the kitchen for the second part of the two part workshop, “Invasives On Your Plate.” In this section of the workshop we will introduce sustainable uses for the edible and medicinal invasive plants we find on our foray in Part I. We will make something edible and some healthy kitchen medicine!

Alison Birks, Nutritionist, Clinical Herbalist, Instructor at The Institute of Sustainable Nutrition.

Joan Palmer, Director, The Institute of Sustainable Nutrition

No-Mix, High Carbon Compost Biodigester for the Farm & Garden

Franklin Patterson 107 | WKSP # | 89

The Johnson-Su biodigester produces a high carbon compost without mixing and is suited for the small farm or home garden.  Best use of your leaves (browns). The results are greater soil organic matter, enhanced plant productivity and health, plus increased (20x) soil carbon sequestration. We will have a demonstration model digester on display.

Jim Corven, Professor of Sustainable Agriculture (retired), Farmer/owner Fenn Farmstead & Gardens.

Getting Started With Small-Scale Grain Growing

Franklin Patterson Main Lecture | WKSP # | 90

To get you started growing small grains, we’ll walk you through a typical year of growing on a small scale, addressing the basic steps and issues along the way, from variety selection and planting to harvest and storage. We’ll look at wheat (including spelt and emmer), barley, rye, and oats.

Sylvia Davatz, Has been saving seeds for 20 years and is passionate about growing grains.

Ruth Fleishman, Lives in Hartford, VT and has been saving seed and growing grains since 2009.

Carbon Farming Tour: Hybrid Chestnut and Sheep Silvopasture

Tour | WKSP # | 91

Come take a tour of UMass Carbon Farming Initiative's research site, a two year old hybrid chestnut and sheep silvopasture system. One of the top Agriculture Solutions to climate change. Located on the 40 acre Agriculture Learning Center at UMass, Amherst.

Lisa DePiano, Lecturer in Sustainable Agriculture at UMass and runs the Carbon Farming Initiative.

Nicole Burton, Teaches animal husbandry at UMass and manages the livestock at the Agriculture Learning Center.

Cover Crop Mixtures: Growing N for Your Vegetable Crop

Franklin Patterson 102 | WKSP # | 92

Cover crop mixtures improve soil health and can be profitable when utilized for nutrient cycling and reduced off-farm fertilizer inputs.  This advanced cover cropping worship will discuss  selecting cover crop mixtures to grow our own nitrogen and provide nutrients to meet crop demands.

Julie Fine, Northeast rep for Johnny's Selected Seeds. Graduate research on cover crops for no-till vegetable production.

Extending Grazing Season Through Stockpiling & Summer Annuals

Franklin Patterson 103 | WKSP # | 93

In this workshop the importance of extending the grazing season with an emphasis on stockpiling and summer annual forages will be discussed. Management of these two strategies including species selection, fertility and timing will also be discussed.

Masoud Hashemi, Extension Professor at UMass with extensive experience on various aspects of pasture management.

Arthur Siller, Scientist, farmer, and pickler who is working in agricultural research at UMass.

Pruning of Fruiting Shrubs: An Arborist's Perspective

Outside: Lawn | WKSP # | 94

This entertaining workshop will demonstrate the care of our smaller woody plants from the standpoint of pruning for sustainable form.

Tom Ingersoll, MA and ISA Certified Arborist, CT Licensed Arborist and NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional.

Effects of Stress on Nutrient Needs & Gut Health

Franklin Patterson 101 | WKSP # | 95

During times of stress nutrition needs are greatly increased. Find out how stress affects organ systems, gut health and inflammation, which can set the stage for leaky gut, autoimmune and thyroid disorders. Learn which nutrients are depleted and how to prevent deficiencies with nutrient-dense foods.

Brigitta Jansen, MS CN, practices functional medicine nutrition in Connecticut.

Art Farm: Rainwater Harvesting for Urban Agriculture

Franklin Patterson 105 | WKSP # | 96

Art Farm is an experimental urban farm in east Somerville that uses rainwater harvesting to grow starts and raise crops. Learn techniques to set up your own affordable rainwater, irrigation and benching system. Get an overview of this collaboration between the City of Somerville, Groundwork Somerville and Green City Growers.

Clay Larsen, Landscape professional designing, building and teaching sustainable greenhouse, rainwater harvesting and land management. 

Zannah Porter, Director of Horticulture, Green City Growers.

Expand Your Garden Potential With Companion & Succession Plantings

Franklin Patterson East Lecture | WKSP # | 97

Learn to use succession and companion planting to increase your garden yield.  We'll talk about the planning required to make succession and staggered plantings work, the great reasons for companion planting, and the value of using healthy transplants throughout the season!  Handouts will include suggestions, charts, and references galore.

Amy Frances LeBlanc, Cellist, teacher, enthusiastic cook. Whitehill Farm is a Maine Organic veggie and herb operation.

Applying Lean to YOUR Farm

Adele Simmons Hall | WKSP # | 98

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 away with ideas to implement this season that will reduce overproduction, save time, and positively affect your farm’s bottom line and your quality of life!

Jen Miller, NOFA-VT Farmer Services Director, providing business planning and production technical assistance.

Making a Living Growing Vegetables

Franklin Patterson West Lecture | WKSP # | 99

Making a livelihood growing vegetables both develops the human and provides a means for making a living. Yet there are overarching concerns of running a farm -in which lay the basis of “livelihood”- that are often neglected in discussion. This workshop will focus on the state of mind a grower develops in order to meet goals, both spiritual and financial.

Bryan O'Hara, Has been growing vegetables for a livelihood on his CT farm, Tobacco Road Farm, for 30 years.

Impact of Mushroom Extracts on Bee Health

Franklin Patterson 108 | WKSP # | 100

Report on a SARE funded grant (if it is funded) looking at the impact of an extract of two mushrooms on overall honey bee health.

Angela Roell, Educator, facilitator, organizer and beekeeper. They co-own Yard Birds Farm in Montague.

Willie Crosby, Mushroom researcher and educator. He owns Fungi Ally.

Milk with Dignity: Program Bringing a New Day to Farmworkers Across Vermont

Franklin Patterson 106 | WKSP # | 101

Ben and Jerrys' became the first company to sign onto Migrant Justice's ground breaking Milk with Dignity Program in 2017. Join us for an update on the implementation of Milk with Dignity, challenges and successes, as well as what's next for the future of the farmworker-defined Milk with Dignity Program.

Madeline Sharrow, Volunteer with Migrant Justice for many years, recently joined the staff team as Ally Coordinator.

Abel Luna, Works with Migrant Justice in the field organizing team and coordinating Milk with Dignity.

Sunday 3-4:30PM

Immigration and "American" Cuisine

Merril Kitchen/Living Room | WKSP # | 117

First developed for public school students, this session uses a map and an interactive game to reveal the origins of now-common foods in the US. Participants will discuss the history of slavery and ongoing injustices in the US food system while preparing food to enjoy together, with appreciation and gratitude.

Carolyn Llewelly, public school "gar-brarian" (garden + library educator) and former CSA grower.

Farm Marketing: Selling Your Story

Adele Simmons Hall | WKSP # | 102

Are your eggs really better than your neighbor’s eggs? Do your customers know why? ATTRA Specialist Daniel Prial helps farmers make the sale through not only facts, but also meaning and emotion. The workshop will be highly interactive and will help folks find an easy entrance to farm marketing.

Daniel Prial, Community Foods and Outreach Specialist for the National Center for Appropriate Technology, Northeast Office.


Overcoming Obstacles to Raising Backyard Livestock in an Urban Setting

Franklin Patterson Faculty Lounge | WKSP # | 103

Learn the ins-and-outs of raising urban livestock. Identify and meet the needs of your animals and yourself by learning easy ways to manage manure, how to create rotational grazing plans, reduce feed costs by improving forage and soil health, the basics of animal care, and most of all make it easy, fun, and cost-effective.

Martin Anderton, Founder of Homestead Habitats. Working to bring nature, people and food closer together.

Get Some Local Organic Action: Reduce Pesticides Near You!

Franklin Patterson 108 | WKSP # | 104

Connect with organic advocates in your town to pass local pesticide ordinances, protect pollinators, our soil, water and health. NOFA/Mass and the Toxics Action Center offer resources, guidance and convenings of local leaders to enact local solutions and build power for statewide and regional campaigns.

Marty Dagoberto, Policy Director and Outreach Coordinator for NOFA/Mass. Permie, naturalist, rabble-rouser, optimist.

Diversify Your Lawn

Franklin Patterson 106 | WKSP # | 105

Who says lawns need to be monocultures or only made of grasses? Learn how to identify the plants that already grow in lawn as "weeds," and to incorporate beautiful native plants that create a rich, wildlife-friendly tapestry.

Anna Fialkoff, Horticulturist at New England Wild Flower Society's Garden in the Woods.

Fundamentals of Coppice Agroforestry

Franklin Patterson 102 | WKSP # | 107

Harvesting woody plant resprouts—coppicing—provided fuel, fodder, medicine, building materials, and more to many cultures for millennia.  Coppice agroforestry can meet these and other needs, sequester atmospheric carbon, and help re-establish a healthy carbohydrate-based economy.  In this workshop we’ll explore coppice history, systems, products, species and establishment.

Dave Jacke, Coppice student, dabbling practitioner, researcher/co-author for the forthcoming book Coppice Agroforestry.

Mark Krawczyk, Co-author of Coppice Agroforestry (forthcoming), integrated agroecosystem designer and teacher.

Fencing for Gardeners

Franklin Patterson West Lecture | WKSP # | 108

Fencing materials, heights, depths, longevity and installation are all issues essential to keeping the critters away. Options for posts and fencing as well as installation equipment will be covered. We will pay particular attention to building strong corners and gates and assembling small prototypes of these will be demonstrated.

Al Johnson, Have grown organically 40 years, installing fences for farms and gardens over this time span.

Sustainable Diets & Food Justice

Franklin Patterson 103 | WKSP # | 109

How can food consumption support food justice? It is not easy. Participants will break into small groups to discuss: key priorities best addressed via food consumption; certification and fair trade labels; balancing these against other concerns – e.g.; environment, food security. Teams will prepare 5+ recommendations. We will review them all and make available via NOFA’s DFTC.

Hugh Joseph, Faculty at Tufts University. Research focuses on sustainable diets which includes food and environmental justice.

Poultry for Profit

Franklin Patterson 101 | WKSP # | 110

Who said poultry can’t bring you joy and profits?  We will explore the factors of making your poultry profitable. Topics will include husbandry practices, budgeting, marketing, and even some unconventional ways of using your poultry for profit. Learn how to capitalize on your flocks.

Kirby Lecy, Small farmer/chicken wrangler, 15+ years working on food access, farming advocacy, and rural challenges.

Biodynamics & Nutrition in Plant, Animal, & Human Beings

Franklin Patterson 104 | WKSP # | 111

Science is reaching further into microbial life, the vast reaches of space, and our inner lives. What part do each play in our nutrition? We will explore, from the perspective of biodynamics, how these are all part of a larger whole and how to practically work with them in agriculture.

Anthony Mecca, Farmer at Churchtown Dairy and coordinates Farmer Training at the Biodynamic Association.

Raphael Guzman, Works at the Biodynamic Association in Education and Special Events.

Panel: Are There Natives & Invasives? Explorations & Deepening the Discussion

Franklin Patterson Main Lecture | WKSP # | 112

In this panel of scientists, farmers, and land managers, we will host a conversation and deepen our collective understanding of the native-invasive debate. What is an invasive species? What is some of the history of our region and how do newly arrived species fit in to this story? What is the evidence for harm by invasive species? What does the future hold for ecosystems under stress and change?

Jono Neiger, Ecologist, permaculture designer, agroforestry practitioner.

Brian Donahue, Environmental historian, writer, farmer, professor at Brandeis University.

Cynthia Rabinowitz: "Soil, wetland scientist; permaculturist; horticulturist; conservation District Executive Director, tree hugger and dirt worshiper."

Downy Mildews in Leafy Greens

Franklin Patterson 105 | WKSP # | 113

Technical workshop on biology and management of new and emerging diseases affecting lettuce, spinach, and brassica greens caused by downy mildew pathogens. Learn about ongoing research at UMass to determine which strains are present here and which varieties are performing best for our New England growers during the cool-season.

Susan Scheufele, UMass Extension Vegetable Program.

Unusual Food Crops to Grow in New England

Franklin Patterson 107 | WKSP # | 114

This workshop explores relatively unknown food crops that grow very well in our climate. In this hands-on exploration, participants with learn about the cultural origins, usages and potential markets for these plants as well as cultivation and harvest considerations.

Hannah Traggis, Senior Horticulturist and Seed to Table Program Coordinator at MA Horticultural Society.

Scents & Sensibility: Herbal Reed Diffusers

Dakin Kitchen/Living Room | WKSP # | 115

Join us for a whiff of the past, the medicinal benefits of various herbs and essential oils, and finally, create your own 4-ounce herbal reed diffuser based on your preference/needs.

Ehris Urban, Herbalist, holistic nutritionist, flower essence practitioner, reiki master, and reflexologist.

Velya Jancz-Urban, Zany teacher, former Brazilian dairy farm owner, and expert on New England’s colonial women.

Improving Soil Fertility in the No-Till Market Garden

Franklin Patterson East Lecture | WKSP # | 116

In this workshop we will dive deeper into how we our managing and improving our soil fertility, at the same time growing healthier plants and more food. We will discuss: nitrogen sources, compost, cover crops, how to address deficiencies. New to the workshop this year: how we look at our soil's microbiology, through microscopes.

Doug Wolcik, 7 years managing at Gaining Ground Farm in Concord.