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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.

Doug Cook, NOFA/Mass Education Events Coordinator

Please join NOFA/Mass in welcoming Doug Cook to the staff as the new Education Events Coordinator.

Doug brings ample and diverse experience and knowledge to this position, having worked previously as an experiential educator, program manager, farmer/gardener and permaculture designer.

For several years, Doug served as the Education Director for Land’s Sake Farm where he grew the educational offerings of the non-profit farm, increasing community participation and providing a varied array of on-farm learning for all ages.

Marty Dagoberto

Marty Tabling at the Summer Conference

As a statewide network of farmers, gardeners, growers, landscapers, homesteaders and food activists, NOFA/Mass is invited to attend food and agriculture-related events and conferences all across the state. This is one big way that we spread the good organic word and build the movement for healthy food coming from living soil. Where will I be next? Take a look at my current itinerary, and consider joining me for one or more event as a volunteer or attendee. We're always happy to have volunteers to help grow the movement.

Cover crops

Cover crops

I’m just back from another fantastic Winter Conference where it was great seeing so many of you, learning so much and having fun.

I was fortunate to be able to present a well-attended workshop for gardeners on the topic of soil improvement and carbon sequestration. Folks were really enthusiastic about the topic, and many plan on implementing some of these techniques in their own gardens.

Marty at the NOFA table at this years Summer Conference (photo cred Marcie Gregory)

Hopefully many of you reading this were able to stop by our table at the NOFA Summer Conference a few weeks ago. After that paradoxically energizing and exhausting weekend, we’ve had a bit of a break in events, but we’ve got some exciting events coming up where we will be spreading the good organic word and activating eaters to learn and support regenerative organic agriculture. We hope to see you at some of these events!

Recently, on Sept. 23rd and 24th we attended  the 19th Annual North Quabbin Garlic & Arts Festival, “The Festival that Stinks!” in Orange. This 100% volunteer driven event has something for everyone, and they’ve cultivated a great community vibe. An annual celebration of the artistic, agricultural and cultural bounty of the regionthis year’s theme was “Resilience and Revolution.” Learn more at

An organized bicycle ride will be stopping at farms across the Berkshires on September 24, where cyclists will sample chef-prepared bites and learn about local agriculture. NOFA/Mass has been invited to staff an “aid station” at Woven Roots Farm in Tyringham. We need four volunteers to give water, snacks and towels to cyclists. Not only is this a fun way to gain exposure for NOFA/Mass, but we’ll even raise some money as well!

On Earth Day 11 homes throughout the state hosted more than 170 folks – gathered at homesteads, farms, and gardens to share food and conversation. The purpose of the NOFA/Mass sponsored event was to promote connection around a vision of organic food, community, soil and land health, ecosystem vitality, and building a restorative future.

At 91, Mrs. Anderson still sells her garlic at the Farmers' Market behind Thornes in Northampton. She is also a part of a group of gleaners who clean up farm fields in the Amherst area, ensuring that good food does not go to waste. She cooked up fine Tennessee ribs to bring to the NOFA/Mass Earth Day potluck in Hatfield, held on April 22. When at the table, she struck up a conversation about soil, about the difficulty of assessing one's farm as a whole when there are so many variations from spot to spot and, of course, variations in what each crop needs.

On April 22 individual farms, homesteads, gardens, and homes throughout Massachusetts will host potlucks to build connection and community between us – sharing a meal, walking land, discussing the topics that are critical to our region and world, and inspiring one another with practical ways that we can create a restorative future.

Elizabeth and Paul Kaiser were keynoters at 2017 Winter Conference

Paul and Elizabeth Kaiser of Singing Frogs Farm in Sebastapol, California, were the keynote speakers for the 30th annual NOFA/Mass Winter Conference. On January 14 at Worcester State University they spoke to 800 farmers, gardeners, soil scientists, extension agents and others involved in New England food systems.

They came with a message – that agriculture has been one of the greatest contributors to climate change in human history, but it is also our best hope for mitigating climate change. The Kaiser’s assert that by adapting their practices to sequester more soil carbon, farmers can simultaneously improve the health of their crops, soil, and finances.

Sharon Gensler received 2017 NOFA/Mass Person of the Year award

Sharon Gensler received 2017 NOFA/Mass Person of the Year award

Julie: What has NOFA meant to you?

Sharon: It has been a home of my heart where I have learned much and hoped to have given much skill and energy. Our members are people who care about the Earth, the food that we eat, and how it is grown. It is not just about getting good food. It is about who is raising it and how they are treated, and the animals and the soil. It is about having people around in the organization that care about the same things that I do, and gives me hope and inspiration.


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