Calendar of Upcoming Events

If you are interested in agriculture and sustainability related events I would suggest visiting the SEMAP/Farm Fresh RI Event Listing webpage.  Most of the events listed on this page are workshops/ events where we’ll be presenting, but we also occasionally post notices of meetings which might be of interest…

Recent & Upcoming Events

Saturday January 13th 2018 – Worcester, MA

NOFA/Mass Winter Conference – Full Day Intensive

“Refining Fertility Programs:  Adjusting Mineral Based Fertility Through the Seasons “

Brix Bounty NOFA 2018 Winter Intensive – Mineral Fertility Through the Seasons Slides 6 per

Brix Bounty NOFA 2018 Winter Intensive – Mineral Fertility Through the Seasons [Full Slides]

Soil Fertility Worksheets – NOFA Intensive Jan 2018

Session 1: Soil Testing, Assessing Mineral Deficiencies and Choosing Amendments

To provide a basis for the day’s discussion, we will quickly review the basics: CEC, base saturation and the “Big 5”: N-P-K + Calcium + Sulfur. We will also review the difference between Mehlich 3 and Modified Morgan soil testing, how to identify deficiencies in the field, and will also discuss the costs, pros, and cons of common amendments.

Session 2: Seasonal Mineral Availability & The Importance of Trace Minerals

We will delve into the role of trace minerals and discuss four fertility adjustments to meet seasonal conditional needs: spring, summer flush, summer drought, and fall. Time allowing, we will also discussion the specific mineral needs of high tunnels.

Session 3: Fertility Recommendations: Case Studies

In the final session, three soil tests will be chosen from those submitted by workshop participants and the whole class will work together to consider a mineral program for each case. Participants will have an opportunity to practice applying the learning gained in the earlier sessions.

Sunday February 25th, 2018 – Dighton, MA

SEMAP Ag & Food Conference

We’ll be presenting a workshop on Profitable Head Lettuce Production

Workshop description coming soon…

NOFA/Mass presents a FREE Webinar on Tuesday Feb 27, 2018

Soil Testing for Fertility Decisions & the Role of Organic Matter in Nitrogen Budgets
At the heart of the organic movement is a continued effort to sustain and regenerate our natural resources. In this webinar we’ll discuss the role of soil testing for making informed fertility decisions on organic farms and gardens. We’ll review the role of soil mineralization and organic matter, including “ENR” (Estimated Nitrogen Release), as you develop a Nitrogen Budget for your fields this year.

Additional 2018 Workshops Will Be Announced this Winter

Stay Tuned

Archived Events

November 29 & 30 – Southbridge, MA

Bionutrient Food Association

7th Annual Soil & Nutrition Conference

I’ll be presenting a workshop at 8:30AM on Wednesday

Aiming for Quality Growth: 

Supplementing Nitrogen in Vegetable Production While Maintaining Quality

As commercial farmers we continued to be rewarded by yield; as a key mineral element Nitrogen may promote heavy yields and thereby increase productivity (and profit).  In this workshop we’ll discuss the role for supplemental nitrogen and strategies to ensure quality while pushing yields.  Our discussion will include the importance of a balanced approach to soil fertility, a focus on key micronutrients, contrasting different forms of Nitrogen amendments, incorporating simple trials in your planting plan, and an overview of practical Nitrogen budgets across the spectrum of the seasons.

May, 2017 – Dartmouth, MA

Nitrogen in the Garden –
Helfand Farm Community Gardens

6PM – Monday June 26, 2017 – Dartmouth, MA

SEMAP Twilight Workshop at Brix Bounty Farm

Setting the Stage for a Successful Season with Full Spectrum Fertility

We’ll take a fieldwalk through the Brix Bounty vegetable fields surveying early season crop growth and focus our discussion on fertility steps we take at Brix Bounty to ensure crops are able to maximize growth during the longest days of the year.  From boron to zinc we’ll cover the mineral foundations we invest in each season to promote healthy, vigorous crop growth.  Included in the tour will be a deep dive into onion production, including:  variety selection, enterprise analysis, cultivation strategies, fertility programs, and pest and disease management.

Saturday August 12, 2017 – Amherst, MA

NOFA Summer Conference

Workshop TBA

Archived 2017 Events

Saturday January 14, 2017 – Worcester, MA

NOFA/Mass Winter Conference

Is it Worth it to Grow Bok Choi? (Intermediate-Advanced):  The only way to find out is to make enterprise budgets for specific crops within your diversified farm. Derek will walk participants through the steps involved in enterprise analysis. Chris will describe the practical realities of analyzing their bok choi and arugula crops, including performing data collection in the field, conclusions drawn, and how the resulting analysis will inform future planning.

Derek Christianson: Owner-operator of Brix Bounty Farm in South Dartmouth MA, outgoing Vice President of the NOFA/Mass board and Christy Kantlehner: Farmer, White Barn Farm in Wrentham, MA.


Growing Drought Resistant Vegetable Crops with Derek Christianson (Session Three): What kinds of management decisions lead to drought resilience in vegetable crops? Derek will discuss crop selection, calibrated mineral applications to support efficient photosynthesis, root system development, and cell wall development, as well as metrics and methods for triage—when to walk away from a crop in dry conditions, and when to intervene.

Sunday February 26, 2017 – Digton, MA

SEMAP Ag & Food Conference

The Finances of Vegetable Fertility:  Where to Focus Your Fertilizer Dollars on New Land

This workshop will cover strategies for maximizing production (quantity & quality) when starting out on new land.  Considering prior land use, reading soil maps, taking and interpreting soil tests, and factoring expected yields (and income) form the foundation of an initial fertility plan.  We’ll cover fertilizer strategies to help you make wise investments for year 1 and beyond.

SEMAP 2017 – Finances of Vegetable Fertility PPT (full slides)

SEMAP 2017 – Finances of Vegetable Fertility PPT (6 slides per page)


Tuesday December 15, 2015 – 10AM – Manchester, NH

New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference

Cost Effective Ways to Maximize Fertility Options

Full Slides.pdf or 4 Slides per Page.pdf

Cost Effective Ways to Maximize Fertility Options – Proceedings

February – March 2016

Winter Study Series

Wednesdays starting February 17th at the Dartmouth Grange

6:30 Optional Potluck, 7:30 Discussion

Contact the Farm for Details

Saturday January 16, 2016 – Worcester, MA

NOFA/Mass Winter Conference

Making Major Money with Minor Crops:  Producing Profit on the Edges

Local demand for fresh goes beyond tomatoes; we’ll examine a selection of crops which are consistently high profit producers for us at Brix Bounty Farm. Using in-season monitoring and enterprise analysis, we’ll cover our key levers to success producing basil, cilantro, choi, parsley, scallions, shallots, and summer leeks profitably on a small scale…

Jan 2016 Powerpoint – 6 Slides       Jan 2016 – Powerpoint – Full Slides

Basil (in Focus) – Jan 2016      Shallot Enterprise Budget – Jan 2016

February 8-9, 2016 – Stockbridge, MA

Soil & Health Conference at Kripalu

Presented by the Bionutrient Food Association

We are presenting a short workshop on Foliar Sprays – Mid-Season Corrections & Considerations at the 2016 Soil & Nutrition Conference.   Here is an archived copy of our handout from Tuesday’s workshop

 Foliar Sprays – Soil & Nutrition 2016

Foliar Sprays Powerpoint (6 per page) – Soil & Nutrition 2016

7PM – Thursday February 18, 2016

Dartmouth, MA

Free Gardening Workshop (Part 1 of 3)

Benefits of Trace Minerals in Your Vegetable Garden and Cultivating Cucurbits (Cucumbers, Melons, Summer Squash, Winter Squash, and Zucchini)

Presented by Helfand Farm Community Gardens

at the Southworth Library, Dartmouth, MA

Sessions 2 & 3 will be held in April & May

Sunday February 28, 2016 – Dighton, MA

SEMAP Ag & Food Conference

Am I Making Money Growing Green Beans… Umm Maybe? Enterprise Analysis For Improved Decision Making on Small Scale Vegetable Farms, Derek Christianson
Developing enterprise budgets on diversified vegetable farms may seem a daunting task. However, enterprise budgets are a great tool to inform your decision making… in the planning stages and in season. We’ll review basic templates for analysis, discuss strategies to make data collection quick and easy, and review a couple of real world enterprise budgets to highlight potential levers toward profitability.

March or April 2016 – Dartmouth, MA

Faces of Farming

Hosted by Dartmouth Agricultural Commission & SEMAP

A Free Evening Highlighting the Abundance of Agriculture in our Town.

Details Coming Soon

Thursday March 17, 2016 – West Barnstable, MA

Making the Most of Your Garden with Minerals

Hosted by Cape Cod Organic Gardeners

Tentative Date – Details Coming Soon

April & May 2016 – Dartmouth, MA

Roots Down Workshop Series – 2016

Hosted by Helfand Farms Community Gardens

Dates will be announced in March.

Free Gardening Workshops (Part 2 and 3)

April:  Accelerating Spring Growth and Building Complete Proteins

“The Role of Nitrogen, Phosphorous, and Sulfur”
and Focusing on Alliums (Garlic, Leeks, Onions, Scallions, & Shallots) and Brassicas

May:  Increasing Quality and Yield in your Nightshade Patch

with Magnesium & Potassium (Eggplants, Peppers, Potatoes & Tomatoes)

Spring/Summer 2016 – Brix Bounty Farm – Dartmouth, MA

Advanced Class – BCC Master Gardener Program

at Brix Bounty Farm

Dates & Topics will be announced in March.

Sunday June 19, 2016 – 3PM – at the Farm

Brix Bounty CSA Member Event (1 of 3)

Celebrate Fathers Day by joining us for a tour of the fields and an afternoon to visit to our Pick Your Own Patch. In June, we hope to have sugar snap peas & strawberries to pick.  Registration via email or sign-up at the CSA pick-up tent.

Sunday August 7th, 2016 – 3PM – at the Farm

Brix Bounty CSA Member Event (2 of 3)

Celebrate High Summer by joining us for a tour of the fields and an afternoon to visit to our Pick Your Own Patch.  In August, we hope to have green beans, cherry tomatoes, & (maybe) muskmelons to pick.  Registration via email or sign-up at the CSA pick-up tent.

August 12-14 2016

NOFA Summer Conference – Amherst, MA

Productivity & Profitability Workshop

Exact Date, Time, & Details will be announced in May.

Monday October 10th, 2016 – 2PM – at the Farm

Brix Bounty CSA Member Event (3 of 3)

Celebrate the Bounty of Fall by joining us for a tour of the fields and an afternoon to visit to our Pick Your Own Patch.  In October we hope to dig carrots and potatoes, and might have the last of the season’s green beans to pick.

Registration via email or sign-up at the CSA pick-up tent.

November 16-20, 2016 – Sante Fe, New Mexico

North American Biodynamic Conference

Visit the BD Association website for details.

Additional Fall and Winter 2016-2017 Educational Events

Will Be Announced in October 2016


Archived Events – 2015

Saturday January 10th, 2015- Worcester, MA

NOFA/Mass Winter Conference

Workshops we’ll be presenting:

Growing Profit & Health: Catonic Trace Minerals & Vegetable Production

(Copper, Iron, Manganese, & Zinc)

Trace Mineral Slides & Trace Mineral Handouts (7 pg.)

& A Growers Panel:  Productivity & Profitability Across Scale

Update:  Southcoast Gardeners Gathering

Wednesday January 21st 6PM – Dartmouth Grange

See Flyer for Details 

February 11th & February 12th, 2015 – Northampton, MA

4th Annual Soil & Nutrition Conference

Presented by NOFA/Mass & The Bionutrient Food Association

Featuring Derek Christianson, Mark Fulford, Dan Kittredge, Bryan O’Hara, &John Slack,

Workshops we’ll be presenting:  Specific Management Strategies:  Early Season & Dry Weather Production

Registration online through NOFA/Mass

March 2015 – Dartmouth, MA

Winter Study Session featuring Teaming with Nutrients by Jeff Lowenfels.  Contact the farm for more information.

Saturday March 1st, 2015 – Dighton, MA

SEMAP’s Southeastern Mass Ag & Food Conference

Workshop – Trace Minerals in Your Garden:  Basics & Beyond

Saturdays March 22nd, June 14th, Sept 13th, 2015 – Dartmouth, MA

Growing Vegetables For Health, Quality, & Profit – A Season Long Series

Workshop 1:  March 22 – Finding Your Niche & Honoring Your Passion: Crop Enterprise Budgets, Planning the Season, Greenhouse Seedling Production, & “Bio-Builder” Field Sprays – a focus on alliums, lettuce, & tomato starts in the greenhouse.

Workshop 2:  June 14 – Fertility Foundations – Dry Mineral Applications & In Season Management (Crop Monitoring, Water Management, & Foliar Sprays) –  a focus on alliums, lettuce, & tomatoes.  Including discussion on lettuce harvest/post harvest management, allium varieties and distribution schedule throughout the season, & tomato succession management.

Workshop 3:  September 13 – Enterprise Analysis & Profitability and Fall Fertility Practices Including Soil Analysis  – a focus on alliums, lettuce, & tomatoes.  Including extending the season with late blight resistant tomatoes, downy mildew resistant fall lettuce varieties, & leek harvesting efficiencies.

Location:  Brix Bounty Farm

Entire Series, NOFA/Mass Member – $90
Entire Series, Non-member – $112

Individual Workshop, NOFA/Mass Member – $36
Individual Workshop, Non-member – $45

Register online at (Registration begins January 2015)

Saturday April 12th, 2014 – 9AM –  Dartmouth

Roots Down 2014 Organic Gardening Spring Workshop Series (1 of 3)

Garden Real Estate 101 – Plant Spacing & Succession Planting

At the Helfand Community Gardens on Chase Road, Dartmouth, MA


Saturday May 10th, 2014 – 9AM – Dartmouth

Roots Down 2014 Organic Gardening Spring Workshop Series (2 of 3)

Healthy Starts – Direct Seeding & Transplanting Tips

At the Helfand Community Gardens on Chase Road, Dartmouth, MA


Saturday June 14th, 2014 – 9AM – Dartmouth

Roots Down 2014 Organic Gardening Spring Workshop Series (3 of 3)

Top Notch Tomatoes

At the Helfand Community Gardens on Chase Road, Dartmouth, MA


Saturday August 9th and Sunday August 10th, 2014 – Amherst, MA

NOFA Summer Conference


Archived Events – 2014


Archived Events – 2014

Roots Down Organic Gardening Workshop Series

(4/12, 4/26, 5/10, 6/14, 7/19)

Saturday January 11th, 2014 – Worcester, MA

NOFA/Mass Winter Conference

Workshops we’ll be presenting:

Focus on Fertility:  The Case for Imported Nitrogen within Intensive Organic Vegetable Production

Sunday February 2nd – Tuesday February 4th, 2014 (Somerville, MA)

3rd Soil & Nutrition Conference

Presented by NOFA/Mass & The Bionutrient Food Association

Featuring Graeme Sait (Nutri-Tech Solutions, Australia)

 Registration Opens in Early December online through NOFA/Mass

Saturday March 22nd, 2014 – New Bedford, MA

SEMAP’s Southeastern Mass Ag & Food Conference

2013 Events (Archived)

Sunday October 20th, 2013,  1-5PM

NOFA Rhode Island Advanced Growers Seminar

 Soil Fertility In Focus – Moving Beyond N,P,K – Meeting the Nutritional Needs of Crops with Minerals, Microbes, & Management

Presentation by Derek Christianson

URI East Farm, Kingston, Rhode Island

This seminar will explore the nutritional needs of different crop families, key minerals needed to support healthy growth and the role of fertility management in achieving optimum yields.

We’ll examine five crops in depth covering the fertility needs of each crop, cost and expense considerations, essential management their growing seasons and touch on cutting edge information to bring your production to the next level. Crops will include:

  • Beets (chenopods & roots)
  • Onions (alliums & bulbs)
  • Spring Cabbage (brassicas & leaves)
  • Tomatoes (nightshades & fruits)
  • Winter Squash (cucurbits & fruits)

Thursday October 24th, 2013 – New Bedford – MA

The Marion Institute & NOFA/Mass present a day-long seminar with Chris Masterjohn

Human Health and Soil Health:  Fat Soluble Vitamin Interactions and Foods from Pastured Animals.

Check out some of Chris’s work at his blog – The Daily Lipid

Registration available online soon…

Ocean Explorium, Union St.,  New Bedford

Friday October 25th – Sunday October 27th, 2013

Connecting for Change

A Bioneers by the Bay Conference Presented by The Marion Institute

Downtown New Bedford

Sunday November 10th, 2013

NOFA Rhode Island Advanced Growers Seminar – Field Session

at Brix Bounty Farm

2013 Events Archive

Saturday January 12, 2013

NOFA/Mass Winter Conference, Worcester – MA

Beyond Nitrates:  Anions in Soil Fertility in the Northeast

(intermediate/advanced workshop)

Mondays January 14th – February 11th (2013)

5th Annual Winter Study Series (info)

at Brix Bounty Farm.  Discussion focusing on

The Intelligent Gardener:  Growing Nutrient-Dense Foods

by Steve Solomon w/ Erica Reinheimer

Saturday February 23rd, 2013

6th Annual SEMAP Southeastern Mass Ag & Food Conference

Bristol Aggie High School, Dighton, MA

Saturdays March 9th, April 13th – 2013

Bionutrient Food Association Production Course

Greater Plymouth Area

Tuesday March 12, 2013

Regional Growers Forum

Location TBA – New York

Saturday March 16th, 2013 – 1PM to 4PM

NOFA/Mass High Tunnels for Winter & Spring Greens Production Workshop

at Brix Bounty Farm

Thursday April 11th, 2013

AHA! Sustainable Southcoast

Downtown New Bedford

Saturday April 13th & Sunday April 14th, 2013

Bionutrient Food Association – Consultant Training Course (Days 1 & 2 of 5)

Kittredge Farm, North Brookfield, MA

Friday May 10th, 2013 (tentative)

Brix Bounty Farmstand Opening Weekend

Saturday May 18th, 2013 – 1PM

Brix Bounty CSA Open House, Tour, & Seeding Party

at Brix Bounty Farm


Brix Bounty Farm 2013 Summer Field Day

Saturday June 22nd

858 Tucker Road, Dartmouth, MA 02747

10:30 AM SHARP – Grower’s Tour (for farmers & gardeners)

12:30 PM – Potluck Picnic Lunch

2:00 PM – Eater’s Tour

We’ll start the day with a grower’s tour of our farm fields (hopefully including a journey to the nearby King Farm field) to survey the highs & lows of the 2013 growing season…

Everyone is invited for a potluck picnic lunch which will begin at 12:30 PM.

At 2PM we’ll conclude the field day with a short tour focusing on topics of interest for folk who love to eat vegetables.


Monday June 10th & Friday June 14th

First Distributions for the 2013 Summertime CSA

at Brix Bounty Farm

Saturday June 22nd, 2013

Brix Bounty Farm Summer Field Day

at Brix Bounty Farm

Friday June 28th, 2013

SEMAP Farm to Table Dinner

Alderbrook Farm in Dartmouth

Thursday July 11th, 2013

Downtown New Bedford Farmers Market Season Starts

Downtown New Bedford

Friday August 9th – Sunday August 11th, 2013

NOFA 39th Annual Summer Conference

UMass Amherst Campus

We’ll be presenting 2 workshops at this year’s Summer Conference:

Small-Scale Beet Production:  Finances, Craft, & Science

Managing Crop Residue Digestion & Nutrient Circulation

Saturday August 17th, 9AM – Dartmouth – MA

Fall Season Extension – Direct Seeding, Nursery Beds, & Transplants –
Maximizing your Garden with Short Season Fall Crops

We’ll cover the best options for late summer sowings and discuss the use of fall transplants to improve yields in your garden. Demonstrations will include a seed starting exercise so that participants may take home a newly seeded flat for September transplanting.  We’ll also demo the use of floating row cover to create micro climates for the fall and to extend the harvest season beyond frost.

Free & Open to the Public

Location :  Helfand Farm Community Gardens

Chase Road, Dartmouth, MA

Wednesday September 11th, 6AM – Dartmouth – MA

Fall & Winter Fertility in Focus – Amending Your Garden Plot, Wintertime Mulches, & Cover Crops

This hands on workshop will include a review of common mineral amendments for improving the fertility in garden plots.  We’ll also discuss the use of cover crop & mulching techniques to protect the soil during the winter months.

Free & Open to the Public

Location :  Helfand Farm Community Gardens

Chase Road, Dartmouth, MA

Sunday September 22nd, 2013

Please Join Us for a Special NOFA/Mass Solstice Supper at Just Right Farm in Plympton, MA

Limited Number of Seats are Available; Contact Derek for Information.

2012 Events

Monday Evenings:  January – March

Brix Bounty Farm 4th Annual Winter Study

Session I

Sacred Economics by Charles Eisenstein

available through Baker Books in Dartmouth
an online at Reality Sandwich and through North Atlantic Books

3 Mondays beginning Monday January 16th, 2012 through Monday January 30th, 2012

Week 1 – excerpts from Part I:  The Economics of Separation
Week 2 – excerpts from Part II:  The Economics of Reunion
Week 3 – excerpts from Part III:  Living the New Economy

Session II – Agriculture In-Depth

5 Mondays beginning Monday Feb. 6th, 2012 through Monday March 5th

Nutrition Rules!:  Guidelines from the Master Consultants by Graeme Sait
This book is available for free from Graeme if you sign up to receive his free monthly NTS Nutrition Matters updates…  Acres USA may also have hard copies available for folks who would prefer that medium.

Week 1 – Soil Health – Mineral Management – Intro, Walters, Kinsey, Martens – through pg. 40
Week 2 – Soil Health – Microbe Management – Ingham, Beck, Shaffer, Diver – pgs, 41-98
Week 3 – Plant Health Energy Management (pt. 1) – Tainio, Skow, Lovel – pgs. 99-141
Week 4 – Plant Health Energy Management (pt. 2) – Callahan, Wheeler, Andersen – pgs. 142-178
Week 5 – Animal & Soil Health – Zimmer, Brunetti, Salatin – pgs. 179-214

Each Week we’ll gather on Monday evening for an informal discussion focusing on the selected reading and an optional no-stress potluck.  We’ll start dinner at 6PM and discussion at 7PM.

To Register (registration is free) for either or both sessions please contact Derek via email or phone, 508-992-1868.

January 14th, 2012:

NOFAMass Winter Conference – Worcester, MA

We’ll be presenting two workshops:

Finances of Farm Fertility (intermediate/advanced)

Finances of Full Spectrum Farm Fertility – NOFAMass Jan. 2012

Investing in farm fertility can positively impact the farm’s bottom line. Join us for a workshop covering the nitty-gritty of farm fertility budgets (both nutrients and dollars). This winter more than 40 percent of our wintertime CSA shareholders voluntarily purchased a “Deep Nutrition Share,” helping the farm to fund our capital fertility plan.

Calcium, Silica, & Boron: Mineral Synergies for Plant Health (intermediate/advanced)

Calcium, Silica, & Boron Powerpoint – NOFAMass Jan. 2012

Calcium, Silica, & Boron Bibliography – NOFAMass Jan. 2012

Calcium plays a critical role in healthy cells and healthy plants. In this workshop we’ll focus on the steps necessary to optimize Calcium in plant metabolism through an in-depth examination of Calcium, Silica, & Boron in our soil and plant systems. Attendees are encouraged to review Hugh Lovel’s ACRES article “The Biochemical Sequence of Plant Nutrition” ( ) in advance of the conference.

Saturday January 21st, 2012:

Community Potluck, CSA Fair, & TedXManhattan Viewing Party

Presented by SEMAP & Local Farms

February 9-11, 2012:

Soil & Nutrition:  Education & Coalition Bulding Conference 2012

In partnership with the Bionutrient Food Association and NOFAMass in Northampton, MA.  John Kempf, of Advancing Eco-Ag (a soil amendment/consultant company based in Ohio), will be the featured keynote presenter on Thursday Feb. 9th.

Soil & Nutrition: Building Fires with Fertility Presentation

a condensed 4 slide per page version … Building Fires

Saturday February 18th, 2012, 1 to 4PM

Growing Greens for the Winter Market Workshop:  Farm systems include growing in unheated greenhouses and managing soil nutrition. We will emphasize growing high quality greens to help nourish members during the dark months of winter. We’ll cover fertility and nutrition for winter growing, including optimum timing for harvests, wintertime bio-inoculants, crop monitoring, and maintaining full spectrum fertility. Marketing discussion will emphasize how farms can build broader markets and year-round connections with CSA membership.

Presented in partnership with NOFAMass at Brix Bounty Farm, Dartmouth, MA.

Details and Registration Information available on the NOFAMass Website.

Saturday February 25th, 2012

BCCD and SEMAP’s  5th Annual Food & Agriculture Conference

Southeastern Massachusetts At Bristol County Agricultural High School

w/ expanded Organic Workshop Track (in partnership with NOFAMass).

Interpreting Soil Tests and Developing Organic Fertility Recommendations
Addressing limiting factors in our soils is a key step to growing healthy, vibrant, delicious crops.  Join us for an interactive workshop aimed at helping you better understand soil test results and developing organic fertility recommendations.  Participants are welcome to bring soil test results to the workshop.

Powerpoint —— Fertility Recommendation Worksheet

March 7th, 2012:

Bionutrient Rich Farmer Production Course

Session II at Wishing Stone Farm, Little Compton, RI.

Thursday March 8th, 2012, 7PM

How to Maximize Your Garden

Drawing on more than a decade of farming in the northeast, proprietor of Brix Bounty Farm and community educator Derek Christianson will share his years of experience and effective ways to maximize the growing season, vegetable quality and production. From the proper preparation of the soil to ensure nutritious produce, to seed selection and successive plantings, he will discuss ways to extend the season, overall production and vegetable quality. No fee.

Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum

396 County Street, New Bedford

Saturday March 10th, 2012 (2PM – tentative)

Organic Gardening Workshop

presented by Sustainable Braintree

Saturday March 17th, 2012 – 8:30AM – 5:30PM:

2nd Annual Teacher Training at Friends Academy

Presented alongside Steve Walach – 2012 School Garden Flyer

$35 for the day, includes seed trays, compost, hoops, row cover & more…

Registration via Survey Monkey

Sunday March 18th, 2012 – 12:30PM-3:30PM:

Restoring Health to Compromised Soils Workshop in Brookline

Presented by NOFA/Mass

Thursday March 29th, 2012 – 8:30AM-12:15PM

2nd Annual Southeastern Massachusetts Sustainability Forum

“Economic Benefits of Sustainability for Southeastern Massachusetts”

Woodland Commons, UMass Dartmouth

Thursday April 13th, 2012:

Free seedlings to get your garden off to an early start, available at Crowell’s Fine Art Gallery.

Earth Eve AHA Night in New Bedford

May 6th, 2012:

Brix Bounty Farmstand Opens for the 2012 Season…

Saturday May 12th, 2012:  9AM – Noon

NOFAMass Soils Building Series

Transplants and Seed Starting Workshop: Starting strong seedlings is an essential step toward maximizing yields. Our seed starting program includes inoculation, seed soaking, drenching, and foliar. In addition, we’ll focus on steps taken to ensure transplants develop a vigorous root system after transplanting and thereby increase the potential for crop health and production.

Presented in partnership with NOFAMass at Brix Bounty Farm, Dartmouth, MA.

Details and Registration Information available on the NOFAMass Website.

June 11-15 2012:

Summertime CSA Distributions Begin

Sunday June 17th, 2012:  3PM-6PM

NOFAMass Soils Building Series

Foliar Sprays and Crop Monitoring: Addressing mineral deficiencies through foliar sprays may improve crop vigor and vitality; and thereby increase root exudates which feed soil biology. This workshop will focus on discussing, demonstrating, and formulating proper foliar sprays used to improve crop health while including an emphasis on tools and techniques useful for crop monitoring.

Presented in partnership with NOFAMass at Brix Bounty Farm, Dartmouth, MA.

Details and Registration Information available on the NOFAMass Website.

Friday June 29th, 2012


A culinary event not to be missed…

Sunday December 9th, 2012

Bionutrient Food Association – Production Course

Martha’s Vineyard

Wednesday December 19th, February 27th 2013

Bionutrient Food Association – Production Course

The Food Project, Dorchester, MA

First Monday – Monthly (April – October)

SEMAP’s Twilight Grower Education Series

On Farms Throughout Southeastern Massachusetts

Focusing on Organic Production (co-produced with NOFA/Mass)

Upcoming Topics:   August – Cranberries, September – Cut Flowers, October – Cover Crops

July – September 2012:

We’ll be taking a hiatus from community presentations in late Summer 2012, as we focus on the heavy harvests of summer…

Monday November 6th, 2012:  8:30AM-5:30PM

NOFAMass & SEMAP Present 2012 Advanced Growers Fall Seminar with Paul & Sandy Arnold

Profitable Year-Round Farming & Marketing

Stonehill College, Easton, MA

$50 for NOFA or SEMAP members when registered by October 22nd. Registration and Details on the NOFA/Mass website.

Recent Events (2011)

for a complete listing see our Event Archives

Wednesday November 9th:

Bionutrient Rich Farmer Course – Session I in Little Compton, RI (Session II will be held March 7th, 2012)

October 21st-23rd:

Connecting for Change:  A Bioneers by the Bay Conference in New Bedford, MA

Tuesday October 18th:

Roots Down – Free Organic Gardening Workshop:

Sunday September 18th, 2PM

Introductory Lecture to Bionutrient Rich Farmer Course at Wishing Stone Farm, Little Compton, RI

Tuesday September 20th, 5PM

Roots Down – Free Organic Gardening Workshop:

Wednesday September 14th:

EMassCRAFT at Powisset Farm in Dover

September 9th&10th:

Dartmouth Grange Fair – A Celebration of Rural Community at the Dartmouth Grange in historic Russells Mills Village.

August 12th – 14th:

37th Annual Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Summer Conference in Amherst, MA.  This year we’ll be presenting two workshops at the Summer Conference:

  • a beginner workshop “Interpreting Soil Tests” – Accurately gauging nutrient needs in our soils is a critical step in making sound fertility decisions.  We will set out to demystify soil test results, from cation exchange capacity (CEC) and base saturation to ppm and lbs/acre.  Hands on activity included to help participants gain confidence in interpreting soil test results.

Brix Bounty Farm Tip Sheet for Interpreting Soil Tests Workshop

Brix Bounty Farm Fertility Spreadsheets (draft form)

Relevant Bibliography (Neil Kinsey provides very accessible material building on the work of William Albrecht):

  1. Kinsey, Neil.  Hands-On Agronomy.  Acres USA.  Austin, TX. – Book
  2. Kinsey, Neil.  The Cation-Anion ConnectionAcres USA.  February 2007. – Article
  3. Kinsey, Neil.  Soil Testing for Fertility ManagmentAcres USA.  May 2002. – Article
  4. Lovel, Hugh.  The Biochemical Sequence of Plant NutritionAcres USA.  June 2009. – Article
  5. see Dan Kittredge’s recommended bibliography on the Real Food Campaign website.
  • an advaced workshop “The Case for Full Spectrum Fertility” – An examination of our pre-transplant fertility protocol.  Join us as we discuss the steps taken at Brix Bounty Farm in the critical week leading up to transplanting.  Focusing on soil fertility we aim to create prime soil conditions for vigorous root growth and thriving transplants.  Inoculants, amendments, and energy in depth.

Brix Bounty Farm Tip Sheet for The Case for Full Spectrum Fertility Workshop

Brix Bounty Farm Fertility Spreadsheets (draft form)

Tuesday July 19th – 5PM:

Roots Down – Free Organic Gardening Workshop:

Summertime Farm Tour with a focus on Melons! Note:  this workshop will be held at Brix Bounty Farm

Saturday July 16th – 9AM-noon at Friends Academy in Dartmouth

Join us for a follow up session to our March 2011 workshop for school gardeners.

We will have a chance to discuss what went well during the spring/early summer growing season — and what didn’t. Ideally, by putting our heads together we’ll figure out what is worth replicating and what needs adjusting — and why. We will also spend time reviewing tools, garden design and planting schedules.

Folks who didn’t make the March training are welcome.  For more details please contact the farm at 508-992-1868.

Thursday July 15th ~5PM-7PM

Ask a Farmer – at AHA Nights in New Bedford.  Have a garden related question?  Need help identifying a weed or insect?  Would you like assistance understanding your soil test results?  We invite you to stop by the Brix Bounty Farm Market Stand at the Wing’s Court Market in downtown New Bedford on AHA nights throughout the fall to “Ask a Farmer“.

Monday July 11th:

Cancelled – Food:  Reclaiming Our Community a conference hosted by the Second Half Life Long Learning Institute at UMass Dartmouth.  Join us for the start of the week with a discussion focusing on You Are What You Eat.

Saturdays in May-June

Information about Diggin’ Deep – a new hands-on organic gardening course happening at Brix Bounty Farm on 5 Saturdays from May 21 – June 25, 2011.  Course space is limited, pre-registration is required.

Thursday June 23rd – 6:30PM – 9:00PM:

Once again partnered with NOFAMass I’ll be presenting a workshop:  Restoring Health to Compromised Soils – Soil Composition 101 at the Somerville Growing Center.  Visit the NOFAMass website for registration details.

Tuesday June 21st – 5PM:

Roots Down – Free Organic Gardening Workshop:

Fertility Through the Summer – Compost Tea, Foliar Sprays & Nutrient Drenches plus Potatoes!

at the Lawler Library, 745 Rockdale Ave. in New Bedford

Tuesday May 17th, 5PM:

Roots Down – Free Organic Gardening Workshop at the Lawler Library, New Bedford – Understanding, Controlling, & Learning from Weeds plus Sweet Roots:  Beets/Carrots!

Tuesday April 19th, 5pM:

Roots Down – Free Organic Gardening Workshops at the Lawler Library, New Bedford – Seed Starting 101 & 102 plus Enjoying Greens All Season Long!

Thursday April 14th

Sustainable Earth – AHA Night in downtown New Bedford.

We’ll join other SEEAL parnters at The Ocean Explorium for the annual Shrink Your Footprint Fair.  Come plant seeds at the Brix Bounty Table from 6:30-8:00 PM.

Saturday April 9th

Local Food and Culinary Event at Bristol Community College in Fall River; including afternoon panel @ 1PM.  More details coming soon. This event has been postponed.

Saturday April 2nd – 1PM – 3PM:

Brix Bounty Farm Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Spring Open House II.  Stop in anytime during  the early afternoon.  Come meet your farmers, ask questions about our fertility plan, and learn about the spring work which brings us healthy summertime harvests.

Location – at Brix Bounty Farm, 858 Tucker Road, Dartmouth, MA 02747.

Sunday March 27th, 2PM-5PM:

Restoring Health to Contaminated Soils aka Soil Remediation 101. NOFAMass Workshop at Codman Community Farm in Lincoln, MA.  Instructor:  Derek Christianson.  $25/$30.  For details and registration link visit the NOFAMass websiteBrix Bounty Tip Sheet – Soil Remediation 101.

Sunday March 20th – 1PM – 3PM:

Brix Bounty Farm Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Spring Open House I.  Stop in anytime during  the early afternoon.  Come meet your farmers, ask questions about our fertility plan, and learn about the spring work which brings us healthy summertime harvests.

Location – at Brix Bounty Farm, 858 Tucker Road, Dartmouth, MA 02747.

Saturday March 19th, 9AM-3PM:

Starting and Sustaining School Gardens – Teacher-Training Intensive with Steve Walach and Derek Christianson at Friends Academy, Dartmouth, MA.  $15 includes materials and lunch.  The Starting and Sustaining School Gardens Flyer has details about the day.  Registration is now available online; and is limited to 35, so we encourage early registration to guarantee attendance.

Tuesday March 15th, 5PM:

Roots Down – Free Organic Gardening Workshops at the Lawler Library, New Bedford – Seed Orders, Soil Testing, & (forgotten) Trace Minerals plus Top Notch Tomatoes!  See more on the Roots Down page (linked in title).

Saturday March 5th, 8AM-4PM:

BCCD/SEMAP One Day Conference – Sustain Your Farm’s Future at Bristol Aggie HS in Dighton.

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Presentation to the Herb Society of America – New England Unit in Dartmouth, MA.

Mondays February 7,14,21,28 & March 7,14 2011

Winter Study Session II at Brix Bounty Farm – Focus “Agriculture in Depth” – We’ll cover two texts:  Biological Transmutations by C.L. Kervran and Anatomy of Life & Energy in Agriculture by Arden. B. Andersen.  For registration information see the Winter Study page.

Saturday January 15, 2011

We presented an intermediate workshop, A Farmer’s Introduction to Soil Fertility at the NOFA Mass Winter Conference in Worcester, MA.  For workshop attendees we have an archive of our powerpoint:  NOFA Winter Conference Powerpoint Jan 15 2011.


Thursday December 9th 2010:

We’ joined a morning panel on Soil Fertility at the Farmer to Farmer Conference in Sturbridge, Massachusetts presented by New Entry Sustainable Farming Project.  For folks who attended the panel; here’s the .pdf of the Powerpoint Presentation – Farmer to Farmer Dec 9 2010.