Bulk Order Program
Through some strategic supply chain adjustments, our organic cover crop seed prices will be down by more than 15% this year, on average. Some prices aren’t changing at all over last year’s prices, while others are coming down by 30- 40%.
Custom Cocktails Improved
We are expanding and improving our custom cover crop cocktail mixes. Last year, we carried a Winterkill mix and a Winter Hardy mix; this year we will offer an improved Winterkill Mix, a Fall-to-Spring Cover Mix, for building fertility and protecting vegetable land between growing seasons, and a Perennial Mix, for putting a field into multi-year fallow and/or livestock forage. All mixes are 100% organic seed and have at least eight different cover crop varieties.
Biochar Blend Added
We are adding a new custom product to the bulk order! Ideal Compost Company, NextChar, and NOFA/Mass have teamed up to offer you a bagged 50/50 compost / biochar blend. Blending biochar with compost pre-inoculates the biochar with beneficial microorganisms and reduces the shock to soil that can accompany a raw, unblended biochar application. Biochar increases the water holding capacity of soil, provides habitat for soil biota, increases pH, and is considered an effective method for increasing the carbon sequestration capacity of the soil.
PICK UP DATE, for most sites:
Saturday March 18 for seed, fertilizers, tools, etc. &
Saturday April 15 for seed potatoes/ onions/shallots, but pick up times and dates do vary among sites so do check the schedule below.
Some sites will allow you to pick up early, especially tubers. Closer to pickup you will receive an email with any special instructions about pickup at your site.
2017 Pickup Schedule:
Belchertown: NESFI, 275 Jackson St: Sat. 3/18 9am – 1pm; Sat 4/15 9 – 11am
Barre: Many Hands Organic Farm, 411 Sheldon Rd: Wed-Sun 3/14- 3/18 & 4/4-4/15
Dalton: Holiday Brook Farm, 100 Holiday Cottage Rd: Weds & Thurs 3/15 & 3/16 (no Saturday pickup in March) 2-6pm; Sat 4/15 10am – 2pm
Meriden, CT: High Hill Orchard, 86 Fleming Rd: Sat 3/18 8 am- Noon; Sat 4/15 8-10am
Seekonk: Early Dawn Farm, 521 Prospect St 3/18 8am-2pm & 4/15 8am-2pm
Waltham: Waltham Fields Community Farm, 240 Beaver St: Sat 3/18 9am-1pm; Sat 4/15 9-11am
Winchester: Wright Locke Farm, 78 Ridge St: Sat. 3/18 10am – 3pm; Sat 4/15 8 – 11am
West Wareham: Progressive Grower, 81 Charlotte Furnace Rd: Sat. 3/18 9am-1pm; Sat 4/15 9-11am
What is the Bulk Order program?
This is a collective buying program for Baystate-approved, organically certifiable farm, garden, and lawn care products. Products include compost; potting soil; fertilizers; mineral amendments; tools for the farm and garden; animal supplements; and tuber, allium, and cover crop seed. The order is open every year during the month of January, from the 1st to the 31st. Orders are delivered at the above sites in MA, RI, and CT in 2 rounds, during early March and April. All items with the exception of tuber and allium seed are delivered in March.
Who can participate?
NOFA members and non-members may participate. Whether you’re a small-scale gardener, large-scale commercial farmer, or anything in between, you can participate; there’s no minimum order. Current NOFA members, or those who join or renew on the order form, will receive the price listed. Non-members, please include an additional 10% to cover administrative fees.
Questions? Caro Roszell, Bulk Order Coordinator, email@example.com