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NOFA History, 2011 Conference presentation


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This was presented by Bill Duesing, NOFA Interstate Council president at the NOFA Summer Conference in August 2011 in celebration of NOFA's 40th Anniversary

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NOFA History, 2011 Conference presentation

  1. 1. Welcome to the 40th Annual Meeting of theNortheast Organic Farming Association NOFA
  2. 2. NOFA’s 40th Anniversary Celebration Committee Julie Rawson Elizabeth Henderson Grace Gershuny Robert Cox Bill DuesingQuestions for old and new members:1. When, how and why did you get involved with NOFA?2. Tell us a story about the most memorable person or event you remember fromNOFA.3. What is the most important thing that NOFA has accomplished so far?4. What are the major challenges and/or next great projects that lie ahead?
  3. 3. The NortheastHome of the oldest organic farming associations in the country MOFGA and NOFA. Both are 40 years old in 2011.
  4. 4. Dennis Sauer and Bob Hawk wrote:(In 1971) a group of farmers met in Putney, Vermont to talk. They talked about the problems of marketing their crops, of becoming good vegetable farmers, of developing techniques that would not erode the soil and would produce wholesome, healthy food. They founded the Natural Organic Farmers Association, dedicated to making the small organic family farm an economic reality.
  5. 5. Founded in Putney VT in the fall of 1971 as the Natural Organic Farmers Association
  6. 6. NOFA is a now network of over 5,000 farmers, gardeners,consumers, activists, and land care professionals belonging to seven independent state chapters.
  7. 7. NOFA consists of 3 entities •7 State chapters • The Interstate Council•The membership as a whole
  8. 8. State chapters in Connecticut, Massachusetts,New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont
  9. 9. Each state chapter carries out a variety of educational and advocacy programs including: Winter Conferences On-Farm workshops Outreach activities Publishing Guides to Organic Farms Some chapters • certify farms and processors (VT and NY) • work on Raw Milk (Mass, especially), • manage all the state’s farmers markets (VT) • provide dairy technical assistance (VT and NY) • provide extension services (VT, NY, CT and Mass) • provide bulk ordering programs • Offer a Farmer’s Pledge program (NY and CT)
  10. 10. Brief Time Line 1970s, Vermont and New Hampshire formed separate chapters and the Interstate Council to coordinate the chapters and the members in other states.1982 Connecticut and Massachusetts chapters 1984 New York chapter 1980s New Jersey and Rhode Island Chapters 1993 Name changed to Northeast Organic Farming Association1999 NOFA Organic Land Care Program started
  11. 11. George Hall In 1973, George Hall from CT put vegetables on the NOFA truck taking vegetables to day care centers and shelters in New York City.Last Saturday he was at the market in New Haven.
  12. 12. Jane DwinellNOFA/VT Bylaws, 1979 What I remember is great board meetings, with fabulous potlucks, and good conversations.
  13. 13. We joined NOFA in 1975, soon after we moved to VT and bought our land. The only contact we had was through The Natural Farmer – meetings were too far away. Jack Lazor Butterworks Farmlate 70s or early 80s
  14. 14. Miranda Smith, Robert Houriet, Joey Klein Vermont, c. 1987
  15. 15. NOFA is dedicated to a visionof interconnected healthy communities living in ecological balance, deeply rooted in a sense of place, grounded in organic care of the land. NOFA Vision Statement
  16. 16. Samuel KaymenUnity College’s honorary doctorate being presented for Kaymen’s extraordinaryaccomplishments in organic agriculture, ecologically-based farming, sustainablefood systems, and his ability to link that vision to social justice, environmentaleducation, international peace, and community well-being.
  17. 17. NOFA Interstate Counciloversees regional activities on behalf of the state chapters Since near the beginning these have been The Natural Farmer and The Summer Conference
  18. 18. Julie Rawson Jack KittredgeNOFA/Mass ED and EditorSummer Conference The Natural Farmer Coordinator, Since 1986 1986-2010
  19. 19. *Northeast Organic & Sustainable Farmers Network (Interstate NOFA LISA- funded project) team: Front: Ed McGlew, Margaret Christie, Enid Wonnacott, Miranda Smith. Rear: Grace Gershuny, Vern Grubinger, Judy Green, Karen Idoine (all l-r) – at NESFI, Belchertown, MA c.1989
  20. 20. Published 1993
  21. 21. The NOFA Interstate Council publishedNOFA Organic Principles and Practices Handbook Series in 2004 Reprinted by Chelsea Green in 2011
  22. 22. Search Home About Us Advocacy Programs Publications Store Chapter Websites BEGINNING FARMERS CLICK HERE SUPPORT ORGANIC CT MA NH NJ NY RI VT Free Classifieds Northeast Organic ADVOCACY UPDATES AG JUSTICE UPDATES UPCOMING NOFA Farming Association Comments from NOFA regarding the AMS proposed National Leafy The Northeast Organic Farming Greens Marketing Agreement Association is a non-profit organization June 27, 2011 of over 5,000 farmers, gardeners, landscape professionals and U.S. Department of Agriculture throws Organic Under the Bus consumers working to promote healthy April, 2011 food, organic farming practices and a cleaner environment. Page 1 o
  23. 23. Elizabeth Henderson NOFA has encouraged thousands of people to learn more about organic gardening and farming and to share what they learned freely with others.
  24. 24. Juanita and Wally Nelson inspired many of us.
  25. 25. Alter natives to Insecticides for ManagingVegetable Insects Proceedings of aFarmer/Scientist Conference Dr. Kim Stoner December 6 and 7, 1998 New Haven, Connecticut
  26. 26. Rebecca KleinDiabetes Prevention Community Garden in New Haven, CT
  27. 27. Mike Mernerstarted NOFA/RI
  28. 28. As a young biologist, father and enthusiastic gardener (who wanted to grow pesticide-free food for his family), I attended some of the first NOFA Summer Conferences at High Mowing School in N.H. searching for information. Those conferences were held in the early 1970s and after 40 years as an organic grower I still look toward NOFA for informationEd Stockman
  29. 29. Derek ChristiansonNOFA/Mass board member 2002 Started farming in 2002I would suggest that helping to build a culture of anopen sharing of knowledge among the agriculturalcommunity has been key. The capacity for our regiongrows exponentially when farmers share their experienceand understanding with others.
  30. 30. NOFA has been the route through which people can take charge of their lives and what they eat, ...Leslie Cox
  31. 31. I think that being more inclusive and going beyond the farmer or the grower. I always believe that the farmers are not strong if the consumers are not there. I have always been a proponent of working with other groups – environmental, policy, including the government – which we never thought would happen. Lynda SimpkinsPresident, NOFA/Mass
  32. 32. How about David Yarrow giving a workshop on sea minerals and trace elements and vibrations and geometric structures and photosynthesis in my early teens at the NOFA Summer Conference – when I was 14 or 15 years old – opening my eyes to the amazing complexity andDan Kittredge order behind the
  33. 33. Wendy WallickWe all owe great thanks to the hundreds of board members, members and volunteers who have created and grown NOFA and its chapters.
  34. 34. 1984
  35. 35. 3. What is the most important thing that NOFA has accomplished so far? Creating seven strong state organizations that have fostered a thriving organic farmer-network and organic community and movement across the Northeast. On a national- scale, this is a huge accomplishment in itself. We tend to take the NOFA organizations and the interstate network for granted, but these resources are quite unique and set a high standard across the nation.Kate Mendenhall, Executive Director, NOFA-NY
  36. 36. Expanding the community of those who honor and support “the beauty, the integrity and the stability of the biota.” Scott Chaskyformer president, NOFA/NY
  37. 37. Al JohnsonOrganic Inspector NOFA/VT in the 1970s NOFA NJ now
  38. 38. NOFA Conference Keynote Speakers1975 - Wendell Berry1979 - Bill Mollison1982 - Robert Rodale1987 - Dr Jack Dennison from UMass 2000 - Eliot Coleman1988 - Helen Nearing 2001 - Catherine Sneed1989 - Noel Perrin 2002 - Joel Salatin1990 - Marty Strange 2003 - Sally Fallon1991 - Dana Jackson 2004 - Vandana Shiva1992 - Joan Gussow 2005 - Satish Kumar1993 - Kent Whealy 2006 - Miriam Therese McGillis1994 - Frances Moore- Lappe & Paul Martin DuBois 2007 - Bill McKibben & Hazel Henderson1995 - Lynn Miller 2008 - Arden Andersen &Mark McAfee1996 - Rosalie Sinn 2009 - Paul Stamets & Will Allen1997 - Gene Logsdon 2010 - Catherine Murphy & Sally Fallon1998 - Wendell Berry1999 - Inger Kallander
  39. 39. The NOFA Organic Land Care Program hasthe mission "to extend the vision andprinciples of organic agriculture to the care ofthe landscapes where people live, work andplay."
  40. 40. NOFA Organic Land Care Program formed by NOFA/Mass and CT NOFA in 2000 Currently over 550NOFA Accredited OrganicProfessionals in 20 states
  41. 41. NOFA Interstate Council 2010 Retreat
  42. 42. The Natural Farmer is archived at UMass’s DuBois Library Many back issues are available on line. Funding for searchable on-line versions secured.
  43. 43. Search Home About Us Advocacy Programs Publications Store Chapter WebsitesBeginning FarmerEach NOFA chapter dedicates programming to aspiring and just-starting farmers, collectively referred to as Beginner Farmers.Through a project supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food andAgriculture, USDA, Grant # 2010-49400-21847, NOFA-NY, NOFA-VT, NOFA/Mass, NOFA-NJ, CT NOFA and NOFA-NH have beenable to explore the needs of Beginner Farmers in their states and expand their programs to better support and serve those needs.Particular emphasis is placed on improving Beginner Farmers access to education and peer support and networking.This education and networking happens through: Workshop tracks at each states winter conference Scholarships to Annual Conferences Year-round Beginner Farmer gatherings, farm tours, social events and summit meetings Apprenticeship and mentorship opportunitiesBeginner Farmer Programming is a coordinated regional effort. The chapters of NOFA aim to attract farmers to the Northeast to NOFA Beginning Farmer Projectearn to farm and to provide the environment for this to happen. Furthermore, the NOFA chapters support these Beginner Farmers as they move beyond the apprenticeship and on-farm learning phase into starting up and maintaining successful farm enterprises. Each chapter administers distinct programming to better meet the educational and networking needswithin their state. the first joint project of most state chapters andPlease use the links on this page to navigate to each states webpage for Beginner Farmers. MOFGA with the goal to Beginning Farmer Programs by State NOFA-NY: NOFA-NJ: make the Northeast NOFA-VT: NOFA-NH: a great place to learn to farm. CT NOFA: Page 1 of 2
  44. 44. NOFA is a member of• International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) • National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC)• National Organic Coalition (NOC) Steve Gilman Policy Coordinator
  45. 45. NOFA is proud to be a founding member of Important to stress that organic ag is more than a marketing label!
  46. 46. Go Organic when you shop!Sign up for a NOFA credit card to support NOFAs important policy work to build a strong, regional organic food system. Its easy! Just shop for things you buy every day and NOFA gets a $50 donation upon first use and at least 1% of all purchases. SIGN UP TODAY!
  47. 47. Home Reporting Marketing Tools Edit Profile Edit Program Design Contact Us FAQView your programs progressDonations start small and grow over time. As your number of supporters increases, so will your program earnings.Use your Marketing Tools to help increase your support. Q3 2010 Q4 2010 Q1 2011 Q2 2011 New Card Holders during period* 0 0 6 5 QTD Total Card Holders** 0 0 19 24 First Purchase Bonus Earned $ - $ - $ 300.00 $ 250.00 QTD Rewards Earned*** $ - $ - $ 343.59 $ 558.48 Check Amount $ - $ - $ 643.59 $ 808.48 Date Check Sent N/A N/A 05/13/2011 07/25/2011 Last updated on 07/11/2011 QTD Amounts are updated Monthly * Represents the number of Card Holders that have made a First Purchase ** Total Card Holders may decrease if a Card Holder closes their account
  48. 48. Earth’s Nine Life Support Systems Green is safe zone.
  49. 49. Organic agriculture is an ecological  production management system thatpromotes and enhances biodiversity,biological cycles and soil biologicalactivity. It is based on minimal use ofoff-farm inputs and on managementpractices that restore, maintain andenhance ecological harmony.The primary goal of organic agricultureis to optimize the health andproductivity of interdependentcommunities of soil life, plants, animalsand people." USDA Definition
  50. 50. The future of human life on earth hangs in the balance. Despair dogs us. Things could go either way – towards the destructive triumph of short- sighted greed or towards a limitless blossoming of creativity, cooperation and democracy, a world of interdependent self-reliant communities where people grow their own food, live lightly and share generously. That means that everything each of us does that contributes to the health of our planetLiz Henderson however modestly can be what will make the difference.
  51. 51. David Yarrow writesTo have put in place the framework for asustainable regional food system in thenortheast, especially the growers, sharedknowledge base, food marketinginfrastructures, and ideological alliances.