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.
Do you buy cover crop seed, fertilizers, mineral amendments, compost, potting soil, potato and allium seed? Would you like to save money on those items? If so, the bulk order might be perfect for you. Prior to the spring growing season, NOFA/Mass organizes a bulk order with popular suppliers, for distribution at sites around MA/CT/RI. Take advantage of significant savings through group purchasing power and collective shipping, while helping NOFA support organic practices throughout the region. The order is open to both members and non-members & no order is too small or minimum order required! Items available: fertilizers, mineral amendments, pest control, feed-grade supplements, useful tools for the farm/garden, compost, potting soil, cover crop seed, potato and allium seed.
NOFA/Mass supports organic agriculture in all areas of the state - suburban and urban as well as rural. We promote the personal, political and economic changes needed to make organic farming opportunities and healthy food universally accessible in our state. NOFA/Mass is committed to a socially just food system. For us, this means a food system in which access to healthy, local, organically grown food is available to all, access to land for food production is broadly available, and the knowledge to prepare whole, fresh foods is likewise shared by all.
Baystate Organic Certifiers is a USDA National Organic Program accredited certifying agent that certifies farm operations in the Northeast & Mid-Atlantic United States, and processing operations in the Continental United States. We will certify growers & livestock producers in the following states:
Twelve years ago, a group of landscape professionals, scientists, educators and concerned citizens formed the NOFA Organic Land Care Committee to extend the vision and principles of organic agriculture to the care of landscapes. The Committee drafted the first organic land care standards in the United States and offered the first organic land care accreditation course. Today, NOFA's Standards for Land Care: Practices for Design and Maintenance of Ecological Landscapes is revised annually by NOFA's Organic Land Care Committee, and forms the basis of the curriculum for NOFA's 5-day Course in Organic Land Care.
NOFA/Mass advocates for sustainable agricultural policies that strengthen the resilience of our local communities. While primarily an educational organization, our policy team works on issues as diverse as organic standards, food system transparency, and regulations that support sustainable farms.
Buying fresh, unpasteurized milk from a local farm is good for your family's health, good for the farm and good for the environment. NOFA/Mass is working to make safe, healthy raw milk easily available in Massachusetts.
Learn what farming methods will return carbon to the soil -- and keep it there -- for healthier crops, more resilient farms, and less extreme weather.
We have developed accessible and well-crafted resources that make plain the potential of this hopeful approach in addressing climate change, including a video, white paper, resource list, action steps, and more.
August 12-14, 2016, UMass, Amherst, MA
Keynoters: Andre Leu and Leah Penniman
Join us for over 70 workshops, exhibits, an all-day seminar and keynote speaker. Children are welcome and encouraged to attend; the children’s conference (ages 3-12) provides a lively, interactive way for kids to get educated about farming and the natural world.
Beginning Farmer Program
NOFA/Mass supports efforts to label foods
Free Monthly Phone/Web Workshop Series
Read our Soil Carbon Restoration white paper
August 12-14, 2016 UMass, Amherst, MA