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Organic farming, sustainability and equitable food systems. For those who care about food, where it comes from and how it’s grown. Brought to you by the Massachusetts chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA/Mass).

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Organic farming, sustainability and equitable food systems. For those who care about food, where it comes from and how it’s grown. Brought to you by the Massachusetts chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA/Mass).

    Assessing Soil Health at Assawaga Farm

    Assessing Soil Health at Assawaga Farm

    In this episode I am joined again by our NOFA/Mass Soil Tech Coordinator, Ruben Parilla. We interview Yoko Takemura of Assawaga Farm in Putnam, CT. This material is based upon work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, through the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program.
    Yoko Takemura owns and operates Assawaga Farm with her husband Alex Carpenter in Putnam, CT. Since 2016 they’ve grown organic vegetables with an emphasis on Japanese varieties, flowers and fruits on less than an acre using no-till and regenerative practices.
    Here’s our conversation with Yoko where we discuss their approach to soil health and various no-till practices. 
    You can find more info on Assawaga Farm at assawagafarm.com and on FB and Instagram at Assawaga farm
    To find more information on the Northeast Organic Farming Association chapter in your state please visit us at NOFA.org
    For additional information on upcoming workshops, articles and NOFA/Mass project updates, please follow our NOFA/Mass Facebook page and join our mailing list.
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    Music by Matt Jatkola
    https://mattjatkola.com/
    https://mattjatkola.bandcamp.com/
    https://jatk.bandcamp.com/
    Music by Jason Valcourt
    https://www.jasonvalcourt.com/
    JV on YouTube
    NOFA Podcast produced and edited by Jason Valcourt

    • 38 min
    Season 5 Ep. 5 Compaction Mitigation Strategies

    Season 5 Ep. 5 Compaction Mitigation Strategies

    In this episode I am joined again by my NOFA/Mass colleague, Soil Health Projects Manager, Christine Manuck. We interview Meryl Latronica, Director of Farm Operations at Just Roots in Greenfield, MA. We continue our conversations with farmers working within our Compaction Mitigation grant as a collaboration with an MDAR 2020 Specialty Crop Block Grant titled Accelerating Soil Health Through Compaction Mitigation: A Data-Supported Peer-to-Peer Farmer Learning Project.
    Meryl Latronica is the Director of Farm Operations at Just Roots.  She is a dedicated and experienced production farmer, farm-based educator, community organizer, mentor to new farmers and devoted member of the New England farm community. She has been focusing her work on balancing intensive organic vegetable production with a commitment to building strong communities around food and farms.
    Just Roots provides educational programming on the farm, in schools and in the community and has a mission to create equitable access to healthy local food in Western Massachusetts, and work toward just, vibrant, and sustainable farm and food systems everywhere. You can find more info Meryl and Just Roots and the various programs they support at JustRoots.Org
    To find more information on the Northeast Organic Farming Association chapter in your state please visit us at NOFA.org
    For additional information on upcoming workshops, articles and NOFA/Mass project updates, please follow our NOFA/Mass Facebook page and join our mailing list.
    NOFAmass.org
    Music by Matt Jatkola
    https://mattjatkola.com/
    https://mattjatkola.bandcamp.com/
    https://jatk.bandcamp.com/
    Music by Jason Valcourt
    https://www.jasonvalcourt.com/
    JV on YouTube
    NOFA Podcast produced and edited by Jason Valcourt

    • 34 min
    2022 Winter Conference Highlights: IMOs and Mulch

    2022 Winter Conference Highlights: IMOs and Mulch

    In this episode we’re drawing more highlights from our annual NOFA/Mass Winter Conference that happened remotely in January 2022. First we join Natural Farmer, Marco Thomas for an introduction to the Natural Farming technique of collecting of Indigenous Micro Organisms (IMOs).  Then, we join Richard Robinson of Hopestill Farm for a deep dive into mulching, and his impassioned reasons for using leaves as mulch as possible. 
    Marco Thomas is a natural farmer in Central Virginia, and is the founder of Microbes by Marco producing small batch craft inputs for soils. His work is focused on building soil and cultivating microorganisms to enhance his own garden and urban farm and he is guided by the principles, “Do as nature does.” and “Focus on the natural way.” 
    Richard Robinson began organic gardening over 40 years ago and became a serious farmer in 2004. He grows certified organic vegetables, small fruits, and Christmas trees at Hopestill Farm in Sherborn, MA. Richard has also a member of the NOFA/Mass Board of Directors since 2017.
    You can find Marco Thomas at MicrobesbyMarco.com  and on Instagram at: marco_is_growing
    More information on Richard Robinson and Hopestill Farm can be found at Hopestill.com
    To find more information on the Northeast Organic Farming Association chapter in your state please visit us at NOFA.org
    For additional information on upcoming workshops, articles and NOFA/Mass project updates, please follow our NOFA/Mass Facebook page and join our mailing list.
    NOFAmass.org
    Music by Matt Jatkola
    https://mattjatkola.com/
    https://mattjatkola.bandcamp.com/
    https://jatk.bandcamp.com/
    Music by Jason Valcourt
    https://www.jasonvalcourt.com/
    JV on YouTube
    NOFA Podcast produced and edited by Jason Valcourt

    • 27 min
    Invasive Jumping Worms with Dr. Justin Richardson

    Invasive Jumping Worms with Dr. Justin Richardson

    In this episode I am joined by our NOFA/Mass Soil Tech Coordinator, Ruben Parilla. We interview soil scientist, Dr. Justin Richardson, from University of Massachusetts Amherst, about the state of the invasive Jumping Worm in the Northeast. 
    Dr. Justin Richardson is an Assistant Professor of Geosciences at UMass Amherst working in the field of Biogeochemistry. Dr. Richardson studies metals and metalloids, examining metals due to their role as essential nutrients for ecosystems and toxicity to plants and humans. He also studies forest soils due to their impact on forest resources and their illustrative nature of vegetation-soil-rock interactions.
    You can find more of Dr. Richardson’s work and many publications on his website Soilbiogeochemist.com
    To find more information on the Northeast Organic Farming Association chapter in your state please visit us at NOFA.org
    For additional information on upcoming workshops, articles and NOFA/Mass project updates, please follow our NOFA/Mass Facebook page and join our mailing list.
    NOFAmass.org
    Music by Matt Jatkola
    https://mattjatkola.com/
    https://mattjatkola.bandcamp.com/
    https://jatk.bandcamp.com/
    Music by Jason Valcourt
    https://www.jasonvalcourt.com/
    JV on YouTube
    NOFA Podcast produced and edited by Jason Valcourt

    • 51 min
    Seed Sovereignty Means Land Sovereignty

    Seed Sovereignty Means Land Sovereignty

    NOFA/Mass Winter Conference Highlight - Seed Sovereignty Means Land Sovereignty
    In this episode we’re drawing highlights from our Round Table discussion on Seed Sovereignty at this year’s annual NOFA/Mass winter conference. 
    You will hear two inspiring opening statements that preceded the discussion from Amirah Mitchell and Luke Jeffries.
    You can find Amirah Mitchell at Sistahseeds.com and on Instagram at SistahSeeds.
    More information on Luke Jeffries and Kenhteke Seed Sanctuary can be found at kenhtekeseedsanctuary.com as well as on Facebook
    To find more information on the Northeast Organic Farming Association chapter in your state please visit us at NOFA.org
    For additional information on upcoming workshops, articles and NOFA/Mass project updates, please follow our NOFA/Mass Facebook page and join our mailing list.
    NOFAmass.org
     
    Music by Matt Jatkola
    https://mattjatkola.com/
    https://mattjatkola.bandcamp.com/
    https://jatk.bandcamp.com/
    Music by Jason Valcourt
    https://www.jasonvalcourt.com/
    JV on YouTube
    NOFA Podcast produced and edited by Jason Valcourt
     
    Biography Information
    Amirah Mitchell is a farmer, seedkeeper and community educator. She holds a B.S. in Horticulture from Temple University and has worked in agriculture since 2007. She has worked on urban farms in Massachusetts, Georgia and Pennsylvania, including four years at Truelove Seeds, a Philadelphia-based farm and seed company. Currently, Amirah is working to start her own farm business, Sistah Seeds, growing heirloom seeds from across the African Diaspora.
    Luke Jeffries is a Mohawk from Tyendinaga, Mohawk Territory. He is a language learner, avid gardener, and Project Coordinator for Ratinenhayénthos, who operate the Kenhté:ke Seed Sanctuary in Tyendinaga. They have rematriated a seed collection in the last few years and have been working to ensure that the living collection remains viable for future generations.

    • 30 min
    Tools and Practices of Ocean Farming Kelp

    Tools and Practices of Ocean Farming Kelp

    In this episode I’m joined by Suzie Flores of Stonington Kelp to discuss her adventures in farming…the sea.
    We discuss the tools and practices of ocean farming as an introduction to what it takes to farm on the water, how an entire season of ocean farming progresses and the developing industry that is thriving in East Coast waters.
    You can learn more about and Suzie and Jay’s work at StoningtonKelpCo.com and also on Instagram as StoningtonKelpCo
    For additional information on upcoming workshops, articles and NOFA/Mass project updates, please follow our NOFA/Mass Facebook page and join our mailing list.
    NOFAmass.org
    Music by Matt Jatkola
    https://mattjatkola.com/
    https://mattjatkola.bandcamp.com/
    https://jatk.bandcamp.com/

    Music by Jason Valcourt
    https://www.jasonvalcourt.com/
    JV on YouTube
    NOFA Podcast produced and edited by Jason Valcourt

    • 47 min

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