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Checkout CT NOFA: The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut Watch Video

The mission of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (CT NOFA) is to ensure the growth and viability of organic agriculture, organic food, and organic land care in Connecticut.

We envision a healthy, organic Connecticut founded on ecologically, socially and economically just principles.

In addition to our food-based initiatives, CT NOFA also runs the NOFA Organic Land Care program to train the next generation of organic landscapers, land managers, and conservationists.

CT NOFA is a growing community of farmers, gardeners, land care professionals, and consumers that encourages a healthy relationship to the natural world. CT NOFA:

  • Promotes methods of farming, gardening, and land care that respect biodiversity, soil, water, air, and the needs of future generations through education, support, and advocacy.
  • Encourages the growth of a sustainable, regional food system that is ecologically sound, economically viable and socially just.
  • Educates consumers about their power to effect positive changes through their food and land care choices.
  • Increases the local and organic food supply and maintains productive agricultural land by creating opportunities for new and veteran farmers.

CT NOFA is working toward:

  • The growth of organic food production in Connecticut, resulting in local, sustainable agricultural systems.
  • A clean, safe, healthy environment to pass on to future generations.
  • Preservation of existing farmland in the state.
  • An abundant supply of organically grown food for Connecticut citizens.

Principle of Organic Agriculture :

Organic Agriculture should sustain and enhance the health of soil, plant, animal, human and planet as one and indivisible.

Organic Agriculture should be based on living ecological systems and cycles, work with them, emulate them and help sustain them.

Organic Agriculture should build on relationships that ensure fairness with regard to the common environment and life opportunities.

Organic Agriculture should be managed in a precautionary and responsible manner to protect the health and well-being of current and future generations and the environment.

Click HERE for the benefits of being a CT NOFA member.

Q How do I find local organic and sustainable farm near me?

Use the CT NOFA Farm & Food Guide! It is always linked from the homepage as a PDF. And members get a printed copy mailed to them every year! Check us out at www.ctnofa.org!

Q Is the Organic Land Care (OLC) Initiative part of CT NOFA?

Yes, CT NOFA runs the NOFA OLC program that is responsible for educating and accreditating organic land care professionals. Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals receive our AOLCP designation.

Q What is the CT NOFA Farmer's Pledge?

The Farmer’s Pledge™, a program for CT NOFA members, is a commitment to farming, marketing and farm management in accordance with sound ecological and economic principles. It is separate and distinct from “Certified Organic.” There is no inspection process for the Farmer’s Pledge, but the farmers have signed the Pledge to show their commitment to its principles. CT NOFA administers the Farmer’s Pledge program in Connecticut. However, we do not investigate or make any guarantee that the individual farmer is complying with the Farmer’s Pledge.

Every spring, all our Farmer’s Pledge farms are featured in our annual Farm & Food Guide. Last year 12,500 copies of the Guide were printed and distributed all over the state at farmers markets, agricultural and environmental events, and wherever people were looking for healthy and sustainably grown food.

In addition the Guide is posted on our website, so your farm’s listing is available to everyone who visits ctnofa.org. It’s a great way to spread the word about your farm.

GET STARTED ANYTIME: Farms can sign the CT NOFA Farmer's Peldge at any time of year.

Getting started as a Farmer's Pledge Farm is quick and easy. Simply:

Please join CT NOFA at the Farm Business/ Supporting Business level ($125*)
Renew your farm's membership online, by phone, or mail
Sign a copy of the Farmer's Pledge
Fill out "Listing Form" (for new farms or use to update to your farm’s listing)
Send Pledge and Listing Form to CT NOFA's office (via mail or email)
Once received, we'll approve, laminate, and return it to you for posting where your customers will see it. With that done - your farm will be on our website, in our guide, and on our map! CT NOFA keeps a copy of the Pledge for our records. The Farmer’s Pledge must be renewed each year, and CT NOFA will contact you each winter to get your Pledge updated.

1 Review for CT NOFA: The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut

wuebber

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Committed to land stewardship

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Been a supporter of this group for a few years, my son is a farmer and has taken the farmer’s pledge. Such a great idea – as a young farmer the expense and time needed to become organic is quite a lot and this is the perfect solution. On a personal note, last month I attended the organic land care accreditation course, and proudly now hold the title of Accredited Organic Landcare Professional. What is important to mention is how meeting the staff of CT NOFA impressed upon me the commitment this group has made to changing the practices of landcare. During the accreditation process we were introduced to the best and the brightest professionals of these practices, certainly the best in our country and possibly the best worldwide. Kudos CT NOFA so proud to be a part of the change.

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