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2019 run

We are an organization that survives and thrives because of our community. This past weekend a group of NOFA/Mass staff and board members came together for our annual walk/run event in Lexington, Massachusetts. We collectively raised $18,303 for the organization thanks to all of you: our supporters and our members.

That $18,303 didn't come from 1, 2, 5, or even 10 donors. It came from over 150 generous people who each gave a modest gift. That is the power of community. 

2020 run

On November 3rd, 2019 a cohort of NOFA/Mass staff, board members, and supporters, will join together in Lexington Massachusetts to walk and run for the climate, our health, and the health of our land. We have done this run/walk every year for the past 7 years, and each time it is a little different.  Some years we have a slightly different group of people join us. Some years a few participants decide to run instead of walk—running a 5k and 10k are options in addition to walking the 5k. Some years the sky is blue and the sun is warm, some years it is grey and the air reminds you that it is indeed already November. The constant through all these years is that the purpose of the run/walk is to bring attention and funds to the important work that NOFA/Mass engages in all year. Each year we ask all participants to do a bit of fundraising for the organization in advance of the event, we are all doing our part in helping to sustain the organization that is addressing some of our most pressing societal needs of food production and soil/climate/human health.

the power of small

Being a small nonprofit gives us many strengths. Our small staff allows us to know each other well and build meaningful relationships with our collaborators. Our small central infrastructure (an office at Many Hands Organic Farm) and remote staff gives us flexibility and connections to all parts of the state. Our fearless Executive Director, Julie Rawson, is able to be involved in all facets of our work from on-farm workshops to policy and communications. We are nimble, can respond to farmers' needs quickly and efficiently, and can operate a lean yet effective organization. We would never want to grow into a big clunky organization.

 

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Photo by Shane Rounce on Unsplash

The second annual spring Membership Drive at NOFA/Mass came in with record numbers. Fifty three new members joined our community of conscientious growers and consumers between April 1 and May 15, 2019. This number is over 50% higher than the number of new members that found us last year at this time, confirming that NOFA/Mass is continuing to grow and thrive.

Our membership now consists of over 1100 individuals, families, farms and businesses that have united with a common interest in organic agriculture in our home state. This community has functioned as the heart of the organic movement in Massachusetts for over 35 years and with this renewed collective energy we continue to educate and empower everyone who seeks to engage in the charge.

Your Gift - Your Voice - Your Impact

We all know the feeling of simultaneously being compelled to support an organization that is doing important work but also being unsure of what our donation will actually accomplish. At NOFA/Mass many donations get designated to projects as soon as they come in, and others go wherever the funds are needed most. Some of our supporters specify where they want their donation to be used. This ensures that we are putting your gift toward the projects and initiatives that are most important to you!

 

 

wc dinner

The 32nd Annual NOFA/Mass Winter Conference was enjoyed by more than 800 attendees from across the region. We spent the day learning together and networking, and after the Conference wrapped up, more than 100 people came together for the Post Winter Conference Dinner. The Dinner is a fundraiser for the NOFA/Mass Scholarship Fund, which supports farmers, homesteaders, gardeners and food lovers with limited income so that they can attend NOFA/Mass educational events at a discounted rate.

Sustain NOFA/Mass

Are you a NOFA/Mass Member? A donor? Someone who comes to NOFA/Mass educational events or Conferences and enjoys them? If you answered yes to any of the above, or even if this is your first time hearing about NOFA/Mass, please consider becoming a sustaining donor.

What is a sustaining donor? A sustaining donor is someone who commits to giving a monthly donation (as little as $5/month) to NOFA/Mass. This reliable monthly income helps NOFA/Mass better budget for ongoing expenses and allows you to support NOFA/Mass’ mission at a monthly amount that is comfortable for you.

Healthy Dinner

Mid-Summer CSA share from a Massachusetts Organic Farm. Enjoy a local, organic dinner with fellow organic activists

Join NOFA/Mass community members at the Post-Conference Dinner following a full day of workshops at the Winter Conference! All proceeds from this event go to support NOFA/Mass.

Starting at 6pm, the Annual Post-Conference Dinner will begin with a keynote address from Scott and Erica Muhammed, Co-Directors of SEED (Students for Education Development in Tuskegee, Alabama). This will be followed by a delicious, locally sourced, organic dinner created by the chefs at Worcester State University. Take this opportunity to continue conversations from the conference and network with like-minded individuals over food and drink.

NOFA/Mass Team

The 2018 NOFA/Mass team of runners and walkers

On November 4, 2018, members of the NOFA/Mass staff, board and supporters gathered in Lexington to participate in the 6th Annual NOFA/Mass Food as Medicine Run/Walk, sponsored by the Battlegreen Run Foundation.  Over the course of two months, participants reached out to friends, family and NOFA/Mass members to raise funds to support the event.  In total, the group was able to raise $17,685 to support NOFA/Mass’ work to:

  • Help growers reduce climate change, building living, carbon-rich soils
  • Educate growers and consumers of all types, on-farms and at our two annual conferences
  • Ensure access to healthy food and organic farming resources for underserved populations
  • Train the next generation of organic farmers and gardeners in Massachusetts
Winter Conference Dinner

Relax and network with like-minded people at the post conference dinner

NOFA/Mass is pleased to announce that Scott and Erica Muhammed, Co-Directors of SEED (Students for Education and Economic Development) from Tuskegee, Alabama, will provide the keynote address at the NOFA/Mass Dinner following the Winter Conference at 6pm on January 12, 2019.  

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