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

Beginning Farmer Program

Beginning Farmer Program

The NOFA/Mass Beginning Farmer Program aims to cultivate the next generation of committed organic farmers in Massachusetts. Through three distinct educational components of the program, as well as educational conference scholarships, we are able to offer young farmers and those who are coming to farming after a diverse range of careers to engage in educational opportunities that are appropriate for where they are in their professional farming development.

Farm Employment/Apprenticeship Directory
Use the directory to search for farm jobs throughout Massachusetts.  Post your farm jobs here.

Scholarships for Beginning Farmers
Are you a beginning farmer interested in attending an Education Event?  If you have been farming for less than 10 years then you qualify for a 50% Beginning Farmer Scholarship.  
Complete the form below to apply for a 50% Beginning Farmer Scholarship
Education Events Scholarship Application Form

Beginning Farmer Mentoring Program Now Acceping Applications for 2017
The NOFA/Mass Beginning Farmer Mentoring Program pairs seasoned growers with people who have some farming experience and are either in the beginning stages of, or gearing up to start or manage farms.  It is a 12-month commitment between mentor and mentee, supported by NOFA/Mass.  By pairing mentees with experienced growers who are not their employers, the program enables aspiring farmers to gain farming experiences, skills, and perspectives that they otherwise wouldn't get in their day-to-day work.

Mentees: for more information, including application requirements and deadlines, click here.

Webinar Series: Inspiring Ideas from Experts in the Field
The last Tuesday of every month join us from 7-8pm for an interactive workshop with experienced growers and services providers as they share their knowledge and experience.
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or an email or text message invitation to each event, with details and pass codes.
View Archived Webinars Here

Meet the 2015 Mentorship Program Participants
Seven beginning farmers are currently participating in the 2015 Mentorship Program.  Learn more about who they are, where they farm and what they are gainging from participation in the mentorship program.

Beginning Farmer Program: Success Stories and Praise for the Program
Several dozen beginning farmers have gone through the beginning farmer program, either as a Journeyperson or a mentee in the Mentorship Program. Find out more about their experiences and the experiences of mentors.

Questions?  Please contact our Begnning Farmer Program Coordinator, Brittany Sidway Overshiner.

Email:, Phone: 857-288-8399