NOFA State Chapters
The Northeast Organic Farming Association is comprised of seven state chapters in the Northeast United States. Each chapter is a self-sustaining entity within its state. To learn more about the organic farming in a state, click on the link below. It will bring you to the list of contacts for that state. It will also provide a link to that organization's website, where you can learn more about that particular NOFA.
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New York
- Rhode Island
- Organic Land Care Program Run jointly by Connecticut and Massachusetts NOFA
Connecticut NOFA sponsors annual "End of Winter" and "Transition to Organic" conferences, publishes the quarterly Gleanings and invites inspiring speakers to address our Fall Annual Meeting. Through displays at fairs and events, farm tours and a local organic dinner, CT NOFA connects Connecticut organic farmers and consumers.
CT NOFA has developed Organic Land Care Standards with NOFA/MASS which will educate about the benefits of and strategies for maintaining chemical-free lawns, gardens and yards.
- President: John Turenne
- Vice President: Debra Sloane
- Executive Director: Eileen Hochberg
- President: Lesile Cox
- NOFA/Mass Executive Director: Julie Rawson
- Certification Contacts: Baystate Organic Certifiers Administrator: Don Franczyk, 683 River Street, Winchendon, MA 01475, (978) 297-4171, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Executive Director: Janet B. Wilkinson
- Interim President: Amy Manzelli
- NH Organic Certification: Vickie Smith, NHDA Bureau of Markets email@example.com
- Executive Director: Camille Miller
- President: Barbara Rose
- Vice President: Al Esposito
- Executive Director: Kate Mendenhall
- President: Maryrose Livingsto
- Vice-President: Robert Hadad
- Interim Certification Director:: Sherrie Hastings: 840 Front St, Binghamton, NY 13905, (607) 724-9851, fax: (607) 724-9853, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Michael Roberts, President
- Dan Lawton, Treasurer
- Sanne Kure-Jensen, Administrator
- Executive Director: Enid Wonnacott
- VOF Administrator: Nicole Dehne
NOFA/Mass offers a variety of educational programs. For 25 years it has coordinated the NOFA Summer Conference, NOFA's regional conference. It also holds an annual winter conference for Massachusetts farmers, gardeners, landscapers, consumers and activists. NOFA/Mass educates on the issue of genetic engineering, publishes the online Organic Food Guide of organic growers in the state and provides for its members (and those of CT and RI) an annual spring bulk orders for organic amendments, cover crops and farming supplies. NOFA/Mass works with organic and transitional dairy farmers to support them in their efforts to sell organic and raw milk, holds an educational workshop series and provides organic education assistance to farmers and gardeners across Massachusetts. It also hosts two 1 day - 3 day advanced grower seminars each year. NOFA/Mass connects livestock producers with organic grain resources, provides info to connect CSAs with customers and apprentices with farming jobs. NOFA/Mass publishes a monthly online newsletter and many useful farming publications. Additionally, with CT NOFA, it provides accreditation to organic land care practitioners and educates consumers on organic land care practices. Finally, NOFA/Mass works with the rest of the NOFA chapters to provide education and services to beginning farmers, has a Metro Boston centric organizing arm and is working with farmers and low income populations to make CSA connections.
NOFA New Hampshire
NOFA/NH promotes organic farming and gardening with our summer farm and garden tours, fall and spring workshops, annual winter conference, quarterly chapter newsletter, displays at fairs & festivals, and annual bulk buying of soil amendments and cover crop seeds. We link New Hampshire's consumers to organic growers with our printed paper guide and/or online guide to organic farms and land care professionals on our website, www.nofanh.org Through our Local and Organic Food Project we are helping NH build strong networks of producers, both gardeners and farmers, and a variety of markets that fit the needs of each community member.
NOFA New Jersey
NOFA/NJ offers outreach and technical services to organic gardeners and farmers, and to conventional farmers interested in incorporating organic practices into their production systems. NOFA/NJ's educational programs include a general interest quarterly newsletter, a growers-only newsletter on specialized topics, an annual educational conference on the last Saturday in January, twilight meetings on agricultural topics throughout the summer, exhibits at fairs and events throughout the state, and distribution of fact sheets and other publications.
NOFA-NY, Inc. is an organization of consumers, gardeners, and farmers working together to create a sustainable regional food system which is ecologically sound and economically viable. Through demonstration and educational opportunities, we promote land stewardship, organic food production, and local marketing. NOFA-NY brings consumers and farmers closer together to make high quality food available to all people. .
NOFA Rhode Island
NOFA/RI is an organization of farmers, consumers, gardeners and environmentalists working to promote organic farming and organic land care practices. The NOFA/RI mission is to foster a healthy relationship to the natural world through educational workshops, advocacy and participation in local and regional events.NOFA/RI works to increase the acreage of certified organic land and to provide access to local organic food for all Rhode Islanders.
NOFA was originally founded in Vermont and is the oldest organic farming association (1971) in the United States. NOFA-VT projects include the certification of organic products, an agriculture education program integrating agriculture curriculum into elementary schools as well as organic produce into school lunch programs, a Green Mountain Revolving Loan Fund to provide low interest loans to organic and transition farmers, promotion of organic products, an Apprenticeship & Willing Workers on Organic Farms program, bulk order of farm and garden supplies, and a Farm Share Program to provide food from organic community supported agriculture farms to low income families and individuals. In addition, NOFA-VT holds on farm summer workshops and an annual Winter Conference in February of each year.