NOFA/Mass Programs

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Food Access

We believe that organic growing can take place everywhere and assist all populations in accessing healthy food. Our Food Access program strives to assist communities of color struggling with structural racism; health disparities, few or poorly functioning supermarkets, and poverty. Together we work to grow healthy food through organic growing education, support for community gardens and partnering with local organizations to use urban gardening to increase food access.

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Policy Action
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Policy & Advocacy

NOFA/Mass advocates for sustainable agricultural policies that strengthen the resilience of our local communities. While primarily an educational organization, our policy team works on issues as diverse as organic standards, food system transparency, and regulations that support sustainable farms.

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2021 Bulk order
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Bulk Order Program

Do you buy cover crop seed, fertilizers, mineral amendments, compost, potting soil, potato and allium seed? Would you like to save money on those items? If so, the bulk order might be perfect for you. Prior to the spring growing season, NOFA/Mass organizes a bulk order with popular suppliers, for distribution at sites around MA/CT/RI. Take advantage of significant savings through group purchasing power and collective shipping, while helping NOFA support organic practices throughout the region. The order is open to both members and non-members & no order is too small or minimum order required! Items available: fertilizers, mineral amendments, pest control, feed-grade supplements, useful tools for the farm/garden, compost, potting soil, cover crop seed, potato and allium seed.

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Massachusetts Pollinator Network

Pollinator protection communities from the seacoast to the Berkshires are collaborating with NOFA/Mass to build a state-wide hub for native pollinator protection.

The Massachusetts Pollinator Network will build upon the momentum of the Western Mass Pollinator NetworkBee Friendly WilliamstownMystic Charles Pollinator PathwaysWing and a Prayer Pollinator NurseryGreening Greenfield’s Planting for Pollinators!, and others working toward a unifying statewide vision of protecting native pollinators – and insect biodiversity more generally. This network will also be integrated with with the work of the Community Pesticides Reduction (CPR) Network (a project of NOFA/Mass and Community Action Works) and the NOFA/Mass Policy Department.

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No Till Farm
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NOFA Conservation Innovation Grant (NRCS) Project

This project supports the development of a learning community of northeast organic farmers who are integrating reduced and no-till methods currently on their farms, maps out what they are already doing and how it is working, defines what it currently means to be reduced/no-till in the northeast right now, and encourages further innovation, development, and education around these techniques to the wider farming community. The ultimate focus and goal of our investigation is to refine and educate about organic tillage reduction method
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Organic Class
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Organic Certification

Baystate Organic Certifiers is a USDA National Organic Program accredited certifying agent that certifies farm operations in the Northeast & Mid-Atlantic United States, and processing operations in the Continental United States.

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Organic Land Care

Twelve years ago, a group of landscape professionals, scientists, educators and concerned citizens formed the NOFA Organic Land Care Committee to extend the vision and principles of organic agriculture to the care of landscapes. The Committee drafted the first organic land care standards in the United States and offered the first organic land care accreditation course. Today, NOFA’s Standards for Land Care: Practices for Design and Maintenance of Ecological Landscapes is revised annually by NOFA’s Organic Land Care Committee, and forms the basis of the curriculum for NOFA’s 5-day Course in Organic Land Care.

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Soil Carbon Restoration

Learn what farming methods will return carbon to the soil — and keep it there — for healthier crops, more resilient farms, and less extreme weather. We have developed accessible and well-crafted resources that make plain the potential of this hopeful approach in addressing climate change, including a video, white paper, resource list, action steps, and more.

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Soil & Grower Technical Assistance Program

NOFA/Mass is a majority farmer-run organization and our staff and board have a wide range of experience and skills in soil health and fertility, organic production and certification, and best practices around potentially contaminated soils. We offer affordable technical assistance including soil lab analysis and inputs recommendations, soil health assessment, organic certification, and custom technical support.

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Raw Milk Network

Buying fresh, unpasteurized milk from a local farm is good for your family’s health, good for the farm and good for the environment. NOFA/Mass is working to make safe, healthy raw milk easily available in Massachusetts.

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Western Massachusetts Regenerative Food System

The Western Massachusetts Regenerative Food System (WMRFS) is a newly established collaborative network of organizations, institutions, and individuals working together toward economic, environmental, and social justice through the regenerative production, distribution, and equitable access to good food. Housed within the Northeast Organic Farming Association, Massachusetts Chapter (NOFA/Mass), the WMRFS seeks to increase the well-being of all residents by establishing food and farming systems that ensure access to good food while building healthy soils and creating economic opportunities through practices that are ecologically sound and socially just. The WMRFS is part of a regional 30×30 vision to reach 30% regeneratively produced and equitably accessed food by 2030*.

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New Farmers
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Beginning Farmer Program

NOFA/Mass is committed to supporting the next generation of committed organic farmers in Massachusetts. Attendance at the NOFA Summer Conference, the NOFA/Mass Winter Conference, the monthly webinars, and the myriad on farm and on site educational events each year can provide a thorough educational experience along with the monthly newsletter and The Natural Farmer (members only). If you are not already a member, you will find this modest investment in your education and the organization’s solvency to be an economically wise decision on your part.

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