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

April 30, 2016 -
2:00pm to 4:30pm

Join instructor Tom Sullivan to learn strategies for planning and planting successful pollinator habitats on your homestead or in your backyard. Pollinator plantings support seed and fruit set for your crops while also attracting beneficial insects and beautifying your land.

May 1, 2016 -
9:30am to 4:00pm

Korean Natural Farming (KNF) is an agricultural method that encourages self-sustaining, closed loop systems that minimize external inputs. Developed by Master Han Kyu Cho in South Korea, KNF echoes many of the principles central to Masanobu Fukuoka’s Natural Farming technique as well as Permaculture.

May 21, 2016 -
1:30pm to 3:30pm

Learn to identify edible wild plants and medicinal herbs with Hannah Jacobson-Hardy, holistic health coach and community herbalist of Sweet Birch Herbals. Participants will learn how to respectfully harvest each plant and use them for making salads, soups, and skin care products. We’ll be identifying spring ephemerals such as ramps, dandelion, Japanese knotweed shoots, burdock root, and nettles, which are deliciously pungent and bitter treats that promote spring cleansing. After a winter of eating a dense, heavier diet, are you craving more fresh green foods? Join Hannah for an educational walk that includes recipes and tastings.