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

September 11, 2016 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm

As the harvest becomes more bountiful, it is time to think about how to preserve summer in jars. This hands-on workshop will focus on lacto-fermentation including sauerkraut, pickles, dilly beans and salsa, all of which will be made with fresh garden produce. During the workshop, attendees will learn the science and health benefits of lacto-fermentation, a process using beneficial microorganisms to preserve and enhance the nutritional value of vegetables. Everyone will have an opportunity to engage in this hands-on workshop by selecting ingredients, weighing, chopping, mixing, preparing jars and packing them. Learn how to fill your own pantry with delicious and nutritious lacto-fermented vegetables so you can enjoy summer all year long! All participants will come away with a beautiful jar filled with kraut or pickles of their own making.

November 6, 2016 - 10:45am

Join NOFA/Mass for our 4th Annual 5k run/walk “Organic to Nourish Our Soils and Ourselves.” This fun event helps raise money to support our important work!  Together we can create landscapes that restore our environment and feed our communities.  Our goal is 50 fundraisers and $25,000. Want to join us in the effort?  Click on this link to sign up: http://bit.ly/soilsandselves
  Questions?  Contact Allison Beatty-Maynard at amaynard@nofamass.org

January 14, 2017 (All day)

NOFA/MASS 30th Annual Winter Conference

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