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Grow Well, Eat Well

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire (NOFA-NH) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting organic, regenerative, ecologically sound farming, gardening, eating, and land care practices for healthy communities. We help people build local, just, and sustainable food systems.  

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Farm Workshops are back for sixth year! 

NOFA-NH’s on farm workshops are back for their sixth season. Workshops are held on farms throughout New Hampshire in the summer and fall. Hear from farm teams as they offer educational experiences for farmers, home growers, students, food system advocates and anyone who is curious to learn. Each program is a great opportunity to learn from your peers, network with others in the community and support farming in NH. This season various organizations in the state will also be joining programs to share info and be available to answer questions.

2024 will include six workshops held across the state. Each workshop has a different topic focus led by the farm manager. Visit webpage for more details and to register.

 

https://www.nofanh.org/craft 

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Register to Watch Organic Gardening Series Recordings

Are you tending a garden for the first time, or have you been growing food for many years? The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire Organic Gardening Workshop Series offers instruction for new and experienced home growers seeking to build skills to feed themselves, their families and develop self-sufficiency. Knowledgeable speakers from across the Northeast share their expertise with informative workshops throughout the spring. Learn about how to improve a home growing system or start something new.

The 2024 series has concluded but the recordings of the four online workshops are available for purchase. Register now and receive a link. 

 

Visit webpage for more details and to register www.nofanh.org/gardeningseries 

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Update on NHDAMF Organic Certification & Resources for Organic Farmers

The New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets, and Food (NHDAMF) has announced on February 27, 2024 that they are discontinuing their organic certification program effective June 30, 2024. The NHDAMF press release regarding this matter is available here

NOFA-NH is committed to helping organic farmers through this process and is offering technical assistance to any farmers needing help. We have included an ACA Transfer Fact Sheet with specific details on the transfer process, deadlines and required forms on our Organic Certification webpage.

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"Leading New Hampshire agriculture toward climate resilience" Op-Ed

On April 23, 2024 an Op-Ed written by NOFA-NH's Board President Julie Davenson was published in the New Hampshire Bulletin in response to the eligibility requirements to NHDAMF's Crop Loss Program that would exclude 85% of NH's farmers, and how NH needs to do more on the state level to support small family farmers:

"Agriculture sustains our very existence. Despite the misconception that large farms feed the world, it’s small-holding farmers who predominantly nourish us, while consistently outperforming their larger counterparts in yields and ecological sustainability..."

 

Read full the publicaton here.

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CT River Watershed Best Management Practices Survey & Project

Windham County Natural Resources Conservation District and project partners throughout VT and NH are working to identify best management practices (BMPs) for reducing nitrogen runoff into the CT River Watershed. NOFA-NH is a member of the CT River Watershed Planning Project steering committee and producer outreach subcommittee.

Producers who farm in the CT River Watershed are invited to participate in a 10-15 minute survey on which BMP’s they practice or would be most willing to implement. Surveys are 100% confidential and will not be used for reporting or regulatory purposes. Producer stipends are available—receive a $50 gift card for participating!

Contact us for the survey link!

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Annual Meeting Recording

The 2024 annual meeting was held virtually on January 31st. Operations Director, Nikki Kolb, and key board members gave a recap of 2023, financial breakdown from the previous fiscal year, a call to action, policy updates and more. View the recording to get an overview of 2023 and look forward to what is ahead in 2024.

Thank you to all our members for your continued support. We are excited for 2024 and working together to continue building the food system we dream of. 

Recording Link Here

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The True Cost of Goods: How Much Does Your Food Really Cost?

How much does your food really cost? This question has come up frequently as we have seen prices fluctuating in recent years. The NOFA-NH Policy & Education Committee ran a series exploring the complicated subject of the cost of goods. Follow along and learn how market pricing typically obscures the wider impacts of food production and the health value of the resulting food. 

 

You can download and read each installment below:

June Column | July ColumnOctober Column | January Column

You can also view a presentation on the True Cost of Goods by Policy & Education Committee member Gene Jonas here.

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NOFA-NH's 2022 Impact Report

We are pleased to share with you NOFA-NH's 2022 Impact Report! 

 

Explore NOFA-NH's successes and lessons learned in 2022, a year full of celebration, growth, and program expansion. Thank you all for your continued support of NOFA-NH and for working with us to build healthy, sustainable, just and organic food systems. 

 

Our work would not be possible without the help and support of this vibrant community! We hope you enjoy diving into everything we accomplished in 2022. We look forward to co-creating even more good with you all in 2023!

Download the Report

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NOFA's 2023 Farm Bill Principles Platform

The farm bill is an omnibus bill (i.e. a package of legislation combined into one bill) passed roughly once every five years. This bill includes the bulk of the federal legislation that relates to agriculture, food, and the food system. As such, it has a massive impact on how food is grown, sold, distributed, and bought in this country.

The current farm bill expires in September 2023, and a new farm bill is expected to be passed later this year. Learn more about NOFAs platform for the upcoming bill and how you can get involved by visiting our Farm Bill webpage.

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Office Hours:

By appointment only. Please email or call us first to schedule.

 

Phone: (603) 224-5022

Email: info@nofanh.org

Please note that staff are working remotely and are available by phone or email Monday-Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

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