2021 started off on a high note for NOFA/Mass, with the Healthy Soils Bill marking a long-awaited policy victory; a stronger than expected Winter Conference; and a banner year for the Bulk Order, all within the first 30 days. Our dedicated staff took this momentum and ran with it, carrying our success throughout the year. When some outstanding staff members resigned, we braced ourselves for hard times. As it turned out, our new team was a perfect fit, and the whole staff is working collaboratively together, expanding our impact and pushing our boundaries for new growth.
Internal accomplishments: Improving our organizational wellbeing, we created a comprehensive Personnel Handbook, drafted a 5-year Strategic Plan, and initiated a process for accepting stock donations. We also embraced our racial equity work, dismantling racism through time, money, energy, honest conversation, and action.
External accomplishments: New programming in 2021 included launching a state-wide Pollinator Network; building partnerships through our Western Mass Regenerative Food System initiative; expanding our Soil Technical Assistance Services; and offering programming in Spanish for the first time.
Over the coming year, we look forward to building on our new soil tech offerings, expanding our food access work across the state, continuing to nourish our internal growth, weaving racial equity into our work organization-wide, and acting on our goal of growing a healthier Massachusetts.