Volunteering is one way that you can become more involved with NOFA/Mass; helping the organization, the organic/sustainability movement, local agriculture, yourself and the planet.
Since NOFA/Mass started, many hundreds of volunteers have reached out to us to offer their time, skills and resources. Your gift of service, whether you have a lot of time or a little, is valuable and makes a difference. We want to provide a forum where these resources can be tapped and fully utilized for the greater good of furthering NOFA/Mass' mission. Many of our programs could use support on several different levels. Below you will find a list of programs and possible ways you can become a more active member of NOFA/Mass. Check it out: see what calls to you! Do you have existing skills/talents to offer? Where might you like to learn, as you give of yourself? Remember, NOFA was started by volunteers like yourself. It's what builds community and as our mission statement says ...
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.
"An afternoon at the Athol "Home Show" sitting at the NOFA outreach table confirmed my suspicion that our communities are in a very "educable moment." Being an advocate for organic gardening, backyard poultry, and raw milk is no longer perceived as threatening, anti-social behavior. The same neighbors who once had that knee jerk reaction are now thinking long and hard about GMO's, CAFO's and inhumane slaughtering. It's great to be a representative of an organization that can help people along with the WHY, but it's downright exhilarating to be ready right there for them with the HOW!"
NOFA/Mass' outreach program is an educational arm of the organization which interfaces with the public. Outreach staff and volunteers attend fairs, festivals, conferences, farmer's markets and table anywhere we might be able to talk with members and non-members about NOFA's ideals, educational events and programs. A few of the many topics people we meet wish to discuss, are:
NOFA's concerns about local organic food
Our workshops and conferences
How to increase ones skill in raising healthy food
Farmer and gardener issues
The earth's environment
The impact of healthy food production/distribution