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For more info on any of our action campaigns, please contact our Policy Director, Marty Dagoberto, marty@nofamass.org

CURRENT ACTION ALERTS

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1. Time sensitive: Comments due Sept. 3rd on proposed changes to composting regulations.

 

2. Take action to support small farmers growing hemp

  

3. Call your state legislators to support the NOFA/Mass priority bills

 

4. Join the "All 'Cides" local pesticide and pollinator organizing network!

 

 


 



Time sensitive: Comments due Sept. 3rd on proposed changes to composting regulations

 

If adopted as written, these regulations would be detrimental for farms that rely on their composting operations for revenue or soil building/fertility and hamper their ability to address climate change. (For example, the new regulations would force new farmers to wait two years before they can get a licence to compost!) Please review the details on the proposed regulations and take action, here: https://mafoodsystem.org/news/compost0819/

 


 

 

Support Small Farmers Growing Hemp

Hemp is now legal nationwide, and over 100 Mass. farmers have licences to grow it this season. However, in June Governor Baker’s administration prohibited the sale of foods and other “consumables” containing “CBD” (an extract of hemp) or whole flower, two highly desirable and high-valued artisanal products which help small farms and businesses compete with a large and growing commodity market. Take action now and stay tuned for an announcement on a public hearing, expected in September or October.

  


 

 

 

 Call your state legislators to support the NOFA/Mass priority bills 

Please pick up the phone to call your state senator and representative and express your support for any or all of the NOFA/Mass-approved priority bills! 

No time to make a phone call?... We completely understand, and want to make it easy for you.
The below "click and send pages" will enable you to send an email to your legislators within seconds:
 
 
 
Here is the action page about the hemp CBD/flower bill.
 
 
But remember: phone calls have a WAY bigger impact and you never know how helpful it could be to make friends with your state legislators...

Review the full slate of NOFA/Mass priority bills, here. We trust that our supporters will call their legislators about as many of these bills as are important to them. Thank you for making your voice heard!  

 

 

 

 





 

Join the Community Pesticides Reduction (CPR) local pesticide and pollinator organizing network!


NOFA/Mass envisions a commonwealth of people working together to create healthy landscapes that feed our communities and restore our environment. The use of toxic and persistent chemicals on landscapes, be they schools, playgrounds, municipal properties, community gardens or farms, is not compatible with that vision.

We are excited to now be joining forces with other organizations across the commonwealth at this critical moment of heightened awareness of the dangers presented by our society’s over-reliance and abuse of synthetic biocides like glyphosate and neonicotinoids (biocide is the most general term for a poisonous substance, and also means “the destruction of life” - appropriate!).

Communities across the country are deciding to take action against biocides and the dangers they pose to humans and wildlife. By using tools like local municipal ordinances and resolutions, cities and towns can create policies to promote organic landcare practices, limit pesticide use, and protect pollinators.

The process of enacting city or town policies usually starts with a handful of passionate citizen activists who want to create a safer, healthier community. Some are motivated to protect pollinators from systemic pesticides, others become active when they learn that their children are exposed to pesticides on school and town property.

Want to activate your community? We want to help. NOFA/Mass and Toxics Action Center are hosting ongoing monthly “local leaders teleconferences,” to help connect and activate local residents on “All ‘Cides.” (All biocides, get it?...)

This initiative is all about equipping local activists with the tools they need to pass town resolutions to reduce pesticides and protect pollinators in their communities. Our monthly calls will help you connect with experts, share resources, successes and ideas, and pair up mentor/mentee relationships with groups across the state. As a network, we can leverage our collective genius and coordinate our efforts.

We are continuing to build a clearinghouse of organizing and educational resources, including these constantly-updated “news streams” that you can pull from in order to educate your networks on the importance of promoting organic landcare and reducing synthetic pesticide use:

Finally, check out this interactive map of previous victories won across the state and the country (achieved in several cases with the help of NOFA members like you). We have so much good work to build upon with a new sense of momentum.

Ready to get plugged in? Add your town to the map of more than two dozen communities across the commonwealth where local residents are taking action on all biocides and sign up for our next monthly call. Please sign up to get involved, today!

 

 

 


 

Tell Us Your Policy Priorities

Our Policy team is here to represent you, the farmers, gardeners, and organic advocates of Massachusetts. If there is an issue that you want our policy team to investigate or advocate for, please contact our Policy Director, Marty Dagoberto, marty@nofamass.org

 

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