Working as an intern or apprentice on an organic farm is one of the best ways to learn about organic farming. It can be a mutually beneficial arrangement for farmer and intern alike. The organizations on this list connect farmers with interns. If interested, contact farms well in advance of the growing season to receive information.
The NOFA/Mass online newsletter is published 11 times per year. View the current issue online and download past issues.
The Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) maintains this directory as a service to individuals seeking to learn more about organic/sustainable agricultural methods in our region. Programs that can be of service to such people by giving them some form of education or training in applicable methods are listed here.
Raising your own chickens in urban or suburban neighborhoods is becoming more and more popular.
For those who eat eggs and meat, there is no fresher, more healthy and nutritious source than organically fed poultry raised under the personal attention of the owner.
Community Supported Agriculture is a way for people living apart from a farm to have an on-farm experience. Members of a CSA buy shares in a farm, and receive a certain amount of fresh, locally grown food every week. At some farms each share member is asked to work on the farm; at others the work requirement is optional or nonexistent. In any case, share members not only get organically grown produce from NOFA farmers, but support organic farmers by assuring them of a certain level of income for the year. To find a farm with CSA offerings near you, please visit The Organic Food Guide, our online resource for local organic and sustainable food and products, and search for "CSA".
For decades, NOFA/Mass has been organizing and hosting winter and summer conferences, offering hundreds of workshops each year to thousands of farmers, gardeners, homesteaders, landscapers, and consumers. The workshops range from policy topics to nutrition to crop management and more, all with an eye toward using and supporting sustainable organic practices that improve the health and well-being of people and their environment.
If you own a commercial farm, when purchasing specific items you automatically qualify for an exemption from the Massachusetts Sales Tax of 6.25%.
NOFA/Mass conducted a Northeast region-wide study on the experiences organic tomato growers had with late blight during the 2009 growing season.
A series of 8 guides originally published by NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association and sold on this website), on organic principles and practices for both the beginner farmer as well as established farmers looking to convert to organic, or deepen their practices. Each book is 100 pages, but the information is weighty; the guides use a strong whole-systems farming theory behind their practical advice, as well as offer historical information, further resources, detailed appendices, and profiles of various organic farms across the Northeast.
SOIL and GLOBAL CLIMATE
The Natural Farmer, Summer 2014 Special Supplement on Building Soil Carbon
This archive presents complete MP3 audio recordings and power point presentations from numerous workshops that have been presented at the NOFA Summer Conference from 2010-2013 and the NOFA/Mass Winter Conference 2013. These audio files are posted online by NOFA/Mass for free download. NOFA/Mass thanks Simply Organic for supporting our efforts to make this information available.
Off-loading supplies at New England Small Farm Ins
Baystate Organic Certifiers
Source for certified organic food
Buy fresh, unpasteurized milk from a local farm.
August 8-10, 2014, UMass, Amherst, MA