The Massachusetts chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association. NOFA/Mass welcomes everyone who cares about food, where it comes from and how it’s grown

Growing Organically Since 1982

About NOFA/Massachusetts

In 1971, the Natural Organic Farmers Association was formed in Vermont and New Hampshire and in 1982 chapters were added in Massachusetts as well as Connecticut and New York. Later, chapters were formed in Rhode Island and New Jersey. The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association was formed right around the time that NOFA was established. Together these two organizations have been the most powerful forces for education regarding organic agriculture in the Northeast for the past 40 years. NOFA changed its name to the Northeast Organic Farming Association in 1989. By that time the word "natural" had become somewhat commercialized. By changing "farmers" to "farming" the NOFA leadership attempted to be more welcoming to those who support organic farming, along with those who practice it.

NOFA/Mass welcomes to its ranks anyone who eats, anyone who grows food - large or small, urban or rural, and anyone who tends the landscape or lives the activist lifestyle.

Our Mission:

Through education and advocacy NOFA/Mass promotes organic agriculture to expand the production and availability of nutritious food from living soil for the health of individuals, communities and the planet.

We encourage methods of farming and gardening that can continue for generations because they show respect for the soil, water, and air which support us all.

We promote political and economic changes necessary to build a sustainable local agriculture that benefits rural, suburban and urban Massachusetts.

We are concerned about the dangers posed by pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers along with the growing destruction of topsoil caused by erosion and loss of humus.

We advocate sustainable growing practices which not only conserve but actually renew and improve our environment.

We are looking at improved access for all to organic food and organic land and farming; with a consciousness of reaching low-income and marginalized people. Further, we are examining how NOFA itself perpetuates systems of privilege, and how we can begin to change that.

Download the 2014 Annual Report

Members of NOFA/Mass receive:

  • A subscription to The Natural Farmer, NOFA's quarterly region-wide farming and gardening newspaper.
  • Discounted registration to our summer and winter conferences and to the variety of education events we offer across the state all year long.
  • Our monthly email newsletter to keep you in touch with Massachusetts members, issues, events and activities.
  • A chance to join others in the annual spring bulk order of hard-to-obtain organic soil amendments, cover crop seeds and tubers.
  • Information on participation in the state and national political process in support of organic practices and sustainable agricultural development.
  • Free shipping on one order from High Mowing Seeds when you join or renew your membership

If you'd like to join, here's the NOFA/Mass Member Application Form

NOFA/Mass is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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