Local Chapters

Westminster, MA

This BFA Discussion Group is located in and around Westminster, MA.
To contact/join, please see the contact info on the left.

Chapter Benefits & Projects: 

The Westminster BFA Discussion Group spearheads "The Growing Great Food (and Flowers!) Working Group", now in its fourth year! They meets every second Sunday of the month, January through November. Different people will be contributing to the content as the season moves along, but 2018 topics include building permaculture concepts into homeowner-based landscape designs, basics of soil development, balancing nutrients and the living plants digestive system, troubleshooting in a real yard with real gardens, cover crops and other wintering techniques, and more!

Another set of discussions is the "Backyard Growing Series" - a four-part series sponsored by Westminster’s Agricultural Commission. The series of discussions will be held January to April, from 6:30-7:30pm, and is free and open to the public.

Upcoming Events & Meetings: 

"The Growing Great Food (and Flowers!) Working Group"
2:30-4:30pm at the Public Safety Building (except where noted)
Conference Room (Police/Fire)
Please park in the school parking lot – you’ll be towed otherwise!

February 11, 2018  Incorporating permaculuture concepts into homeowner based landscape designs: forest gardens, edible landscaping, the study of three…
March 11, 2018  Planning for the library gardens – changes and repeats, new challenges
April 8, 2018  Basics of soil development, balancing nutrients and the living plants digestive system
May 13, 2018  Basics of good planting, hands-on On-Farm Mineral Mixing Day
June 10, 2018  Working with Raised Beds and Shade Gardens
1:00-2:30 Hands-on with the perennial shade-plants
2:30-4:30 Hands-on with the raised beds
Now’s the time to ask all those pesky questions you have about HOW TO DO A GARDEN RIGHT!! Loosen up the roots?? Yes! Use a high energy mineral fertilizer?? Yes! Use different varieties of veggies and flowers?? Absolutely! Please join us as we sort through all of these gardening projects – and help to make the library a great looking and well-loved part of our town.
July 8, 2018  Work on site – troubleshooting in a real yard with real gardens – location to be determined
August 12, 2018  Work on site – troubleshooting in a real yard with real gardens – location to be determined
September 11, 2018  Using cover crops and other wintering techniques to stabilize winter soil biology and minerals
October 28-29, 2018  Two-day workshop with Dan Kittredge: Principles of Biological Systems. (Must register – not free :) Scholarships are available.
November 11, 2018  Tasting pot-luck, wrap up and seed swap

"Backyard Growing Series"
6:30-7:30pm - Free & Open to the Public
Eloranta Room, Forbush Memorial Library, Westminster, MA

February 20, 2018  Lynn Hartman from Hartman’s Herb Farm will present Growing Herbs for Culinary, Medicinal, and Ornamental Use. Herbs provide the piquant edges to every meal… Think of basil, parsley, chives, rosemary, sage, thyme…but there is so much more! Find out how to add herbs to your garden and your kitchen.

March 13, 2018  Rachel Sherer of Little White Goat Dairy will talk about Making Basic Cheeses. Cheese is one of the classic heirloom “storage” products although people don’t often think that way these days. The wealth of summer milk could be stored for winter use…but today we can make milk into cheeses any time of the year. Come and see what you can do in your own kitchen! Might even be worth thinking about your own milk supply….?

April 17, 2018  ML Altobelli of Woody End Farm will talk about Building and Using Hugelkulture (HK) Beds for Drought and Flood Management. Sudden weather changes are causing garden stresses – and it doesn’t matter whether it’s from climate change or cyclical weather issues - we still have to manage our gardens. Hugelkulture is an old middle European concept that’s coming back in to use and can moderate all kinds of water issues – find out how to make an HK bed of your own!

April 25, 2018  Dan Kittredge of the Bionutrient Food Association will be talking about Increasing Quality in the Food Supply. He’ll be providing the most current information on growing truly healthy food – food good for you, your family and for the environment. Did you know that your garden soil is the equivalent of your intestines? Think about that as you plant your garden this year – every living part of your yard (plant or animal) needs a healthy digestive system and you can learn how to support that! Last time Dan was here (4 years ago!!) it was standing room only so make sure to mark the date on your calendar and get to the library early!