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    The Northeast Organic Farming Association is a non-profit organization of over 5,000 farmers, gardeners, landscape professionals and consumers working to promote healthy food, organic farming practices and a cleaner environment.

    NOFA has chapters in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.

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    We are promoting our collaborative carbon restoration campaign. Learn what farming methods will return carbon to the soil — and keep it there — for healthier crops, more resilient farms, and less extreme weather.

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Latest Policy Update from Steve Gilman

Interstate Council Policy Coordinator
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About Us

The NOFA Interstate Council provides coordination between the chapters, conducts the annual NOFA Summer Conference and acts as an umbrella organization for projects of collective concern to NOFA chapters, such as the Northeast Interstate Organic Certification Committee.

Each of the seven state chapters comprising the Northeast Organic Farming Association provides educational conferences, workshops, farm tours and printed materials to educate farmers, gardeners, consumers and land care professionals.

Support Us

Interstate NOFA’s regional and national policy program has to rely on outside funding – yet in these gilt edged times even organic-friendly business and foundation support for policy work remains a scarce commodity.

With organic integrity under siege from ventures looking to cash in on the label, a bona-fide grassroots food and farming voice is now more important than ever. NOFA is not just for farmers — Food Policy is everyone’s business!

Thankfully, NOFA members are stepping up with contributions that keep our lean & green policy program functioning.

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The Natural Farmer

The Natural Farmer is the newspaper of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA). It is published quarterly as a newsprint tabloid journal, usually 48 pages. The paper covers news of the organic movement nationally and internationally, as well as featuring stories about farmers from New England, New York and New Jersey. Each issue contains a 16 to 24 page pull out supplement on a particular crop or topic. The paper also contains how-to-do-it articles suitable for gardeners and homesteaders.

In Tribute to Bill Duesing

August 19,1942 to July 12, 2018

Bill DuesingA pioneer in organic agriculture in New England, Bill Duesing has been as an environmental educator, writer, artist, and lecturer for over four decades. After graduating from Yale University (1964), Duesing worked as a Cooperative Extension agent before turning to organic principles in the early 1970s, and from 1979 to 1983, he served as Extension Energy Agent for New Haven County, working with the University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension Service.

Working toward a socially just and environmentally sound future, Duesing has long emphasized sustainability and greater local food sufficiency. He has been instrumental in developing organic standards for gardening and land care and served as both founding president and later executive director of the Northeast Organic Farming Association Connecticut and president of the NOFA Interstate Council. He has also been a notable proponent of using simple solar technologies to address problems ranging from health care to pollution and has been involved in education to put theory into practice. Between 1983 and 1987, Duesing developed an innovative series of hands-on courses in food, energy, and agriculture for schools in New Haven and Bridgeport as part of the University of Connecticut High School in the Community curriculum development project.
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