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.

 

Landscapers

"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.  

Events Of Interest

January 14, 2017 (All day)
Go deeper into your winter study sessions at the upcoming NOFA/Mass Winter Conference at Worcester State University on January 14th, 2017! Our full program of adult, teen and children’s courses will be just what you need to prepare for your next growing cycle!

This year’s keynote speaker will be Paul Kaiser from Singing Frogs Farm in Sonoma County, CA.  Paul and his wife Elizabeth have been successfully demonstrating how to produce high volume, high quality vegetables in an inspiring no-till system since 2007.