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Unloading the bulk order in 2016

Unloading the bulk order in 2016

NOFA’s Bulk Order opens again on January 1st for the 33rd year in a row! Now the Tri-State Bulk Order, this annual tradition brings together farmers, homesteaders and gardeners across MA, RI and CT to take advantage of bulk prices and shipping costs on cover crop seed, hand tools, livestock supplies, seed potatoes, mineral amendments, onion sets, inoculants, packing supplies and more!

We have been working hard for the last several years to cut costs and lower prices on items, while still being able to use a portion of the proceeds from the Bulk Order to fund critical activities like food access, soil carbon sequestration education, and policy work on behalf of small farmers, organic consumers, and other important constituents like our native bees! Thank you in advance for supporting the NOFA Bulk Order and helping to fund your local NOFA Chapter.

Mark your calendars! The annual NOFA Tri-State Bulk Order will open for 2018 on January 1st. Participants will have one month to place their orders; the deadline is February 1st. orders can be placed via print-out pdf form (available on the NOFA/Mass website) or www.nofabulkorder.org, which will go live on New Year’s Day.

We are excited this year to be returning to Northeast Massachusetts and to Rhode Island with new pickup sites at Alprilla Farm in Essex, MA and Earth Care Farm in Charlestown, RI. We hope that this new geographical distribution of pickup sites will shorten drives for many of our members.

2017 was a year of changes and challenges as we built and launched our new bulk order website and learned how best to utilize this new tool.

We had one new distribution site (Early Dawn Farm in Seekonk, MA) and a site (Waltham Fields Community Farm) which returned after a couple years off. Both sites – along with all of our returning bulk order distribution sites – went very smoothly thanks to our team of well-organized site coordinators!

The Bulk Order will open again on the first of the year for another round of bulk-priced, high-quality farm and garden supplies! As always, you will have one month to place your order (Jan 1 through February 1), with delivery taking placein March (most items) and April (tubers and allium sets).

The Bulk Order is a great way to save money on organically-certifiable farm and garden supplies, access items that may not be readily available in your area, and participate in a community-oriented, collective buying process. By participating in the NOFA Bulk Order, a part of your purchase goes to support the important education and advocacy work of your local NOFA chapter.

Bulk order coordinator Caro Roszell and Julie Rawson at 2016 site

Friends, we all need some good news right now. Happily, the Bulk Order is only getting better this year. We’ve made improvements to our popular custom cover crop cocktails, significantly reduced prices on most of our cover crop seeds, added more new products, and best of all—there will be no excel-based order form this year.

Announcing the New Bulk Order Website

Starting January 1, you will be able to place your order entirely online, using an online shopping cart. The process will be much like any other ‘e-commerce’ site like Johnny’s Selected Seeds (with less snazz, we are, after all, still a small non-profit). You will be able to read product descriptions online, search by categories and keywords, fill a shopping cart, close the browser, come back later and finish your order. You can pay by credit card, or, you can still place your order and then mail us a check!

Mineral blend distributed at Gardeners Gathering

Growing food in the city has many advantages. Concrete and buildings create a warm microclimate, allowing a longer season than for rural growers. Pest and disease pressure may also be lower, due to lower populations of wildlife and the absence of monoculture. Irrigation isn’t an issue for most urban gardens, as water access points are numerous. And many cities offer free or low-cost compost. Cities seeking to be greener have, at many junctures, facilitated municipal composting operations and offered the product to community gardens.

Chard in clover-based cover end of season October

The catalogue and order form for the Tri-State NOFA Bulk Order (serving MA, RI and CT) will be published January 1st 2016 here. You will have one month to place your order, and your order will be ready for pickup on Saturday, March 12 at the pickup site nearest you. Check out this map of the Tri-State pickup locations.

Great news for soil-conscious growers in MA, CT and RI – in 2016 the NOFA Bulk Order will feature, for the first time, pre-mixed cover crop cocktails.

The inaugural blends will both feature a mix of brassicas, grasses and legumes, but one will be frost-sensitive for the best chance of winter-killing, while the other will be hardy to northeast winters for use as a multi-year fallow or pasture. The mixes are designed to offer the multiple, synergistic ecological functions that are the hallmark of a good cover crop cocktail, while also remaining cost effective.

The NOFA/Mass bulk order opens next month on January 1st. You’ll only have a month to get your order in, so start planning now! The order is open to both members and non-members and will be available to download January 1. No order is too small or too large - all participants save by purchasing together. 

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