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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Homesteaders

"Homesteading is a way for me to fully LIVE the life I love; a joyful immersion in a whole, sustainable system."

- Sharon Gensler
Outreach Coordinator, NOFA/Mass and long-time homesteader

In a world that is becoming increasingly more complex and inaccessible, people are taking charge of their own lives through homesteading. Homesteading represents the utmost expression of self sufficiency and self determination, and is practiced by New Englanders in a wide range of surroundings. Homesteaders across MA are raising chickens and livestock, keeping honeybee hives, planting vegetables and fruit trees, and finding ways of preserving, fermenting, and drying food to keep throughout the year. They are spinning their own fiber, constructing their own homes and furniture, implementing new forms of sustainable energy solutions and finding ways to renew, re-use and recycle natural resources.

At NOFA/Mass, we believe that opting out of an industrial food system by growing food for yourself and for your family is amongst one of the most empowering decisions a person can make; an act which is simultaneously a strong contribution to food security. Our homesteaders are bold dreamers. They step out of societal norms and create intentional communities, where simplicity, self-reliance, and hard work are core values. This is true whether they live on 20 acres of land or in urban apartments. Whether you are a homesteader because you’re not quite ready for the next smartphone, or because you are trying to make a political statement, our classes on cheese-making, lactofermentation, and other DIY workshops are designed for the homesteader or serious hobbyist. At NOFA/Mass you’ll also find a strong homesteading culture among our members – among folks who have been homesteading since the 70’s. If you’re a homesteader, come learn from the generations of MA residents who have successfully transitioned back to a simpler, land-based lifestyle.

Events Of Interest

January 10, 2015 (All day)

Greg Judy to Keynote 2015 NOFA/Mass Winter Conference on January 10 at Worcester State University, Worcester, MA

Join us for over 60 workshops, exhibits, an all-day seminar and keynote by Greg Judy, rotational grazier and carbon sequestration advocate. It’s fun for the whole family! The children’s conference (ages 3-12) provides a lively, interactive way for kids to get educated. Lots of do-it-yourself workshops keep teens active and engaged.

February 1, 2015 (All day) to February 10, 2015 (All day)

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about masonry heaters and how to build/install one yourself with renowned masonry heater designer and builder, Albie Barden of Maine Wood Heat.

February 8, 2015 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Natick Community Organic Farm systems include passive solar greenhouses – one free standing and another attached to the barn - and unheated hoop houses with both single and double layer covers.