The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire (NOFA-NH) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to building a community of organic food activists and educated consumers to help support New Hampshire's local organic farming community. We feel that organic farming is important to creating a sustainable future and recognize that more resources and greater education is needed to help farmers, gardeners, and consumers learn to work together to build a support network.
NOFA-NH recognizes that farmers, gardeners, and consumers of organic products share a "community of interests:" a common need to grow and consume safe, healthy, nutritious, great-tasting food; and a common interest in preserving a healthy environment that nurtures all of us. In an age of industrial agriculture, we're working to re-establish a shared sense of pride and participation in a community-based food system that links local farmers with local consumers, and rewards them both equally.
In 1971, the Northeast Organic Farming Association was started by Samuel Kaymen along with a group of young environmentalists and concerned citizens. Since that time, the organization has grown, with branches in New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. The NOFA Interstate Council continues to do the work of policy and legislation at a national level, while each of the subsidiaries do their part to support the organic agricultural mission in their respective states. NOFA-NH's membership includes farmers, gardeners, homesteaders, land care professionals, educators, environmentalists and consumers. We share a unified vision of improving our food system, providing education, and supporting our local organic farms.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
NOFA-NH is committed to creating an inclusive culture where all forms of diversity are seen and valued within our organization and the greater organic agriculture community. As farmers, gardeners and eaters, NOFA-NH recognizes that modern American agriculture was founded on structural racism and inequality, and that there is much work to be done to address generations of injustice experienced by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, LGBTQ+ individuals, disabled individuals, incarcerated individuals, economically disadvantaged individuals, women, veterans, and any other marginalized groups.
With a mission of helping people build sustainable, healthy food systems for healthy communities, NOFA-NH is committed to advocating for farmers and farmworkers, food justice, environmental justice, and racial justice as part of building a truly sustainable agricultural sector in New Hampshire and beyond.
NOFA-NH takes the broadest possible view of diversity.
NOFA-NH values those qualities that make every individual who they are.
NOFA-NH believes that every person brings a unique perspective and experience to advance our mission and support New Hampshire's local organic farming community.
NOFA-NH believes that every member, donor, volunteer and employee should have the opportunity to participate in solving community problems.
NOFA-NH is committed to centering diversity, equity, and inclusion practices in our organization and daily work.
NOFA-NH commits to having our Board, staff, and volunteers abide by these practices.
NOFA Chapters & Interstate Council
The NOFA Interstate Council provides coordination between the chapters, conducts the annual NOFA Summer Conference and acts as an umbrella organization for NOFA chapter projects, including the Northeast Interstate Organic Certification Committee. Each chapter hosts educational workshops, farm tours, conferences and offers printed materials to educate farmers, gardeners, land care professionals and consumers.
The Natural Farmer, the quarterly newspaper of the NOFA Interstate Council, features organic farming techniques, certification issues, organic market conditions and environmental developments which impact farmers and growers.
Advertising and Marketing Opportunities
NOFA-NH publishes a monthly online e-newsletter, maintains this vibrant website with information about organic farming and sustainable agriculture, and provides its members with an annual subscription to The Natural Farmer, the popular quarterly farm journal published by the NOFA Interstate Council.
NOFA-NH hosts public education programs, such as the annual Winter Conference and a diverse array of workshops throughout the year in addition to supporting farmers through strong programs such as our specialty crop block grants.
Advertising opportunities are available in the e-newsletter, Winter Conference Program Booklet, and on our website. Exhibit space at the Winter Conference provides businesses with additional options for advertising exposure.