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

May 4, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

Prepare the soil well and create the environment for your seedlings to thrive. With a few simple practices and good systems, weeding, pests and disease can be dramatically reduced while your crops thrive.

May 6, 2017 -
12:00pm to 3:00pm

New England is blessed with an excellent climate for growing a wide variety of mushrooms, many of which contain rare nutritional and medicinal value. This hands-on workshop will teach you the techniques necessary to grow edible mushrooms in your landscape, whether it be a backyard, woodlot, or basement. We’ll primarily focus on cultivating lion’s mane and shiitake mushrooms, both renowned for their flavor, medicinal qualities, and ease of cultivation. The skills you’ll practice in this class will empower you to be begin your own mycelial adventures.

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.