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.

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

Our program educates professionals and the general public about sustainable organic landscaping and gardening practices that improve the health and well-being of the people and web of life in their care.

More information on NOFA's Organic Land Care Accreditation Program can be found here

Events Of Interest

April 29, 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Have you ever wanted to make your own yogurt, but just don’t know where to begin? This class will go over the ins and outs of making yogurt, kefir, and creme fraiche in your own home. Culturing makes dairy easy on the digestive system because the “good” bacteria break down the milk sugar and casein, rendering it much more digestible and pleasant to consume than normal dairy products, particularly those that are pasteurized. Bring your questions along with you!

May 7, 2014 - 7:00pm
 Learn how you can protect your family from the dangers of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and join together with other consumers to demand mandatory labeling of GMOs in our food.
 
August 8, 2014 (All day) to August 10, 2014 (All day)
Save the Date: August 8-10, 2014, UMass, Amherst, MA

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