At NOFA/Mass, we are able to get lots done with little. In our work, we start with the simplest of materials – soil, seeds, the sun – and with attention and care, create bounty. We are farmers: resourceful, frugal, and creative. In the same way, any gift to NOFA/Mass is multiplied with careful consideration of the greatest need, and the use of each penny is informed by a nearly 40-year commitment to the vision of bountiful healthful food from vibrant soil for all.
I am very pleased to announce the hiring of Glenn Oliveira for two important roles in NOFA/Mass – Education Director and Education Events Organizer. Glenn will be working for us 40 hours per week. The Education Director oversees and works closely with all of our education staff – policy, Winter and Summer Conferences, education events, bulk order, raw milk, beginning farmers, food access, and certification education.
Public concern is growing over a range of diseases such as autism, multiple sclerosis, dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, ADHD, ALS, and many others. The seminar, “When the Belly is the Beast: Dietary Interventions to Address Autism and Neuro-Degenerative Disease”, sponsored by NOFA/Mass, will present information indicating that these diseases share common underlying causes.
The 2015 Soil and Nutrition Conference is a two-day, farmer friendly event, with early bird pricing of $100 (BFA/NOFA Member) by December 1, 2014, and the opportunity to foster information sharing and camaraderie among attendees.
In September 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released several revised sections of proposed food safety regulations originally proposed in early January 2013:
The Rodale Institute has recently partnered with Amy's to give away approximately $25,000 this year to organic farmers with over 20 acres (5 grants of $5,000 each) for projects like building needs, certification of organic acreage, purchase of equipment to help grow and expand farm, and funds to purchase organic seed.
It’s a drizzly day and I am hoping that it turns into a good steady soaker, not only because we need it and I planted more beds to their oat/field pea cover crop yesterday, but because it gives me an indoor day and I can finally write this article!
This month’s topic has been eluding me. However, watching the leaves change color and begin to fall brings up the idea of life/death/change.
On September 26, NOFA/Mass e-mailed a promotion for our November 2 fundraising run to support programs educating farmers about carbon sequestering agricultural techniques. I’m pledged to run on Team NOFA/Mass, I serve on the staff, and I’m enthusiastic about the climate-stabilizing potential of our soil carbon work. Speaking as an individual, however, I’m concerned about the message we sent.
NOFA/Mass, as you know, has been fighting an intense two-year battle to pass GMO food and seed labeling in Massachusetts. Last session our coalition came closer than we have ever done, and had a majority of legislators signed up in support of the bill. But House leadership kept the lid on tight and we could never get it out of the key committee to the floor for a full vote.
We came, it snowed, and we conquered the Genesis Battlegreen Run/Walk November 2nd! Yes, conquered: NOFA/Mass placed #1 team. Not only are we dedicated to NOFA/Mass, we're wicked fast too. But the race is not done. We have until November 30th to raise $20,000. Educate yourself and fund our future education work at nofamass.org/teamnofamass.
Internationally acclaimed agricultural consultant and soil carbon scientist Dr. Christine Jones of Australia will speak at two area events, September 1 at Newton Community Farm and September 2 at Immanuel Lutheran Church and Simple Gifts Farm in Amherst.
September 1 – 10am to 4pm at Newton Community Farm, Newton
September 2 – 9am to 3pm at Immanuel Lutheran Church & Simple Gifts Farm, Amherst
The 2014 NOFA Summer Conference is just around the corner. We’ve gathered the brightest growers, thinkers and activists in the organic movement for this weekend of captivating workshops, enlivening speakers, farm tours and fun.