"When I buy organic food from local producers, I am helping to support someone in my community and taking care of the land I live on."
- Mindy Harris Local Foodie
At least three times a day consumers vote with their forks. Influencing the food system is as simple as eating. There is little else consumers spend as much time or money on as food.
At NOFA/Mass we are passionate about helping consumers make informed choices about eating healthy organic produce. We encourage our members to grow food at home, to shop locally, to support CSA programs, and to become engaged in our statewide and national policy initiatives. We have lots of workshops and conferences to help support our consumers wherever they fall on the spectrum of organic food advocacy.
If you want to raise chickens in your suburban backyard, if you need help finding ways of preserving the local harvest so that you can continue to consume local organic produce throughout the year, or if you are looking to cultivate some organic veggies in a community garden near you, we’ve got something for you. And we also have a whole bunch of like-minded folks who are trying to take chemicals out of the food equation and are committed to improving their communities.
Join us for a fall farm dinner at the working farm home of the NOFA/Mass Executive Director and Policy Director, Many Hands Organic Farm (MHOF). Participants will savor a fresh, healthful, organic and uniquely delicious dinner, lovingly grown and prepared by Julie Rawson, Jack Kittredge and the MHOF staff. Enjoy an intimate pre-dinner tour of the MHOF fruit operation - large, small and minor certified organic fruit, led by Julie and Jack.
Fermented cabbage, better known as sauerkraut, is a easy, healthy and efficient way to store those heads of cabbage abundant this time of year. Sauerkraut is made by combining cabbage, salt and other herbs or vegetables and letting them mingle with friendly lactic acid bacteria, including Leuconostoc, Lactobacillus, and Pediococcus. These bacteria help to create that yummy, tangy, acidic sauerkraut taste, and are a great way to introduce beneficial microbes to your body.
Learn to identify and use wild and cultivated medicinal herbs with Hannah Jacobson-Hardy, holistic health coach and community herbalist of Sweet Birch Herbals. After a tour of Full Kettle Farm, a one-acre herb farm, participants will learn how to respectively harvest plants and how to preserve them for the winter. Join Hannah for this hands-on workshop with demonstrations of making herbal preparations such as teas, tinctures, vinegars, syrups, elixirs, and oils.