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.
Read the latest policy issues, upcoming workshops, growing tips, and updates on the NOFA/Mass and organic growing community.
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.
Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the environmental hazards and health risks for humans and animals presented by the use of genetically modified plants for animal feed. In the United States, genetically modified crops have been used for animal feed since 1996 when they were first introduced.[ The top six genetically modified crops (soy, cotton, corn, canola, sugar beet, and alfalfa) continue to be widely used for animal feeds worldwide, and especially in the U.S.
This archive presents complete MP3 audio recordings and power point presentations from numerous workshops that have been presented at the NOFA Summer Conference from 2010-2014 and the 2014 & 2015 NOFA/Mass Winter Conference . These audio files are posted online by NOFA/Mass for free download. NOFA/Mass thanks Simply Organic and Green Leaf Foundation for supporting our efforts to make this information available.
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