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.
NOFA/Mass is a community including farmers, gardeners, landscapers and consumers working to educate members and the general public about the benefits of local organic systems based on complete cycles, natural materials, and minimal waste for the health of individual beings, communities and the living 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 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.
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