About NOFA/Massachusetts

NOFA/Mass (Northeast Organic Farming Association, Massachusetts chapter) is a membership-funded non-profit organization. We welcome anyone who cares about the environment and our food system to join over 1000 other members and/or engage with our programs.  Whether you are a gardener, farmer or consumer, large or small-scale, urban or rural, a pro activist or just want to learn how to contribute to a healthier future for Massachusetts, you’re in the right place.

History:

In 1971, the Natural Organic Farmers Association was formed in Vermont and New Hampshire and in 1982 chapters were added in Massachusetts as well as Connecticut and New York. Later, chapters were formed in Rhode Island and New Jersey. The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association was formed right around the time that NOFA was established. Together these two organizations have been the most powerful forces for education regarding organic agriculture in the Northeast for the past 50 years. NOFA changed its name to the Northeast Organic Farming Association in 1989. By that time the word “natural” had become somewhat commercialized. By changing “farmers” to “farming” the NOFA leadership attempted to be more welcoming to those who support organic farming, along with those who practice it.

All seven state NOFA chapters are affiliated with the same umbrella organization, the NOFA Interstate Council (NOFA IC). We regularly collaborate on grants and committees to further our shared goals, but remain seperate associations. Read more about the NOFA IC on their website.

Our Mission:

Through education and advocacy NOFA/Mass promotes organic agriculture to expand the production and availability of nutritious food from living soil for the health of individuals, communities and the planet.

Our Vision:

NOFA/Mass envisions a commonwealth of people working together to create healthy landscapes that feed our communities and restore our environment.

Our Commitment to Racial Equity:

Currently, we are examining how to deepen our commitment to racial and cultural equity and justice, including honest work around examining whiteness and dismantling systems of white supremacy that are part of many dominant systems, including food systems. Read our full Racial Equity Statement here.

NOFA/Mass is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.