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

July 13, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:30pm

Learn how to understand the health of your plants through observation and other monitoring methods. We will test Conductivity and Brix monitoring for activity during the season.  The session will also look at using foliar sprays and nutrient drenches to keep plants healthy.

July 17, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:30pm

The metropolitan Boston region is home to over 100 species of edible wild plants, some of which are more nutritious and/or flavorful than their cultivated counterparts (including common farm and garden weeds like Dandelion, Wild Mustard, Purslane and Lamb’s Quarters). Join Russ Cohen, expert forager and author, on an evening ramble in and around Blue Heron Organic Farm in Lincoln to learn about at least two dozen edible species.

August 10, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

Cover Crops are a great way to provide natural fertilizer to any growing space. WHen applied correctly, cover crops are a great addition to even the smallest of spaces. Learn how to use cover crops in small spaces and gardens. Tom Akin from the USDA National Resources Conservation Service will give information and demonstrate the best ways to incorporate cover crops into small gardens.