"The goal of landscaping is to create and maintain a beautiful place outdoors. For a place's beauty to last, it needs to be healthy. "
- Luke Pryjma Second Hand Farm
The mission of the Northeast Organic Farming Association's Organic Land Care Program (NOFA OLC) is to extend the vision and principles of organic agriculture to the care of the landscapes where people carry out their daily lives. Most NOFA organic land care activity emanates from the CT NOFA office, and many of your questions can be answered at this link. We at NOFA/Mass are very appreciative that CT NOFA houses this expertise.
Organic land care is a sustainable ecological landscaping system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity. It is based on minimal use of off-site inputs and on management practices that restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony and beauty in urban and suburban landscapes and gardens. Organic, in particular, means landscaping with no synthetic pesticides of any kind (insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, etc.) and with no synthetic fertilizers or soil amendments.
The NOFA OLC Standards further define organic land care as an approach that:
Focuses on building healthy soils that reduce the need for watering and fertilizing
Increases biodiversity and avoids invasive species
Reduces the risk to children and pets from any kind of pesticides
Protects water resources from excess nutrients and pesticides
More information on NOFA's Organic Land Care Accreditation Program can be found here. Please note that accreditation does not include NOFA membership, nor does NOFA membership include accreditation.