The Massachusetts chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association. NOFA/Mass welcomes everyone who cares about food, where it comes from and how it’s grown

Growing Organically Since 1982

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Want to contact your state or federal legislators? Click here to find out who they are and how you can get in touch 

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

2. Support the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP)

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

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

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

Attention all proponents of an organic future in Massachusetts! The 2019-2020 Massachusetts State Legislative Session is in full swing and now is the time to demonstrate public support for a slate of priority bills that we are supporting in the State House.
 
Please pick up the phone to call your state senator and representative and express your support for any or all of the below NOFA/Mass-approved priority bills! (more details below)

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:
 
 
 
 
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!  

 

 

 

 

 

Support the Healthy Incentives Program

Healthy Incentives Program - Save HIP

The Healthy Incentives Program provides a dollar-for-dollar match for SNAP money spent on fruits and vegetables purchased at participating farmers markets, farm stands, mobile markets, and community supported agriculture (CSA) programs statewide. To date, the program has provided more than $4.2 million in fresh, healthy, local foods for low-income families, with that money going to support local farms. This means better health outcomes for some of the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable communities, and greater sustainability for local farms, allowing them to contribute to the local economy, steward farmland and protect our natural resources. For more information about HIP, see this fact sheet.

Action is needed to urge the legislature and the administration to allocate funds to keep the program operating.

Current action alert: Please see the website of the Mass. Food System Collaborative for the latest action alert on saving HIP.


 




 

Join the "All 'Cides" 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 email our Policy Director to get involved, today! marty@nofamass.org

 

 

 


 

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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