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

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Membership is not just for farmers.

 

Gardeners

"I want good health and it stems from organic gardening. We learn to eat the right things, the most nourishing, and avoid pesticides."

- Jean Iversen
Organic Gardener for 82 years

There is nothing more satisfying than thrusting your hands in the dirt during the warm growing season.  Creating beauty and sustenance in a backyard or community garden through organic gardening practices is more than just a serious hobby; it’s a means of truly engaging as producers in a decentralized local food system.  Organic flower gardening is also a means of building up the local ecology, including bee populations and beneficial insects. 

At NOFA/Mass we believe that taking responsibility for the ecosystem around us is part of being a land steward; that privilege can start just a few steps outside your back door.  NOFA/Mass gardeners span across many levels of knowledge. We have homesteaders growing food for themselves, we have chefs planting herb gardens on restaurant rooftops, we have suburban moms picking tomatoes with their kids in the backyard, and we have urban foodies creating flower boxes on their windowsills.  Whatever your level of engagement is, NOFA/Mass provides a series of Organic Gardening workshops statewide, along with workshops designed to help support organic gardening practices, such as our Soil Series, Compost workshops, and Landscaping demonstrations.

Sparked by a request from a member gardener, we have started a NOFA/Mass gardener's forum.  More information can be found here.

Events Of Interest

June 8, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

June 8th at Noon - Take your lunch to the State House for a "Labeling Lunch-in!" The Massachusetts legislature has until July 31st to pass a popular GMO labeling law, but it might not happen if we don't demand our right to know what we're eating, visibly and vocally!

June 26, 2016 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm

Learn the ins and outs of commercial medicinal herb production, from field to drying room. Participants will get an overview of the production and planning methodologies that Full Kettle Farm uses. The workshop will also focus on post production handling and herb drying for teas, oils, and other value added products.

August 3, 2016 -
2:30pm to 4:30pm

Join Lynda Simkins, Executive Director of Natick Community Organic Farm, and long-time organic flower grower, and Deena Kanopkin, Flower Manager at Natick Community Organic, out in their beautiful flower beds for this mid-summer workshop. Participants will learn about weed and water management, the tricks to properly dead head and pick, arrangement strategies, season extension, and many other harvest and post-harvest techniques. This is will be a comprehensive learning experience, perfect for those who are just starting or those who would like to ramp up their commercial flower production.