Part of the Food Policy Community Spotlight Series
What they do: Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY), located in New York State, is an organization of farmers, gardeners, and consumers working together to create a sustainable regional food system that’s ecologically sound and economically viable.The organization is the largest organic certifier in the state. NOFA-NY protects and enhances organic and sustainable agriculture in the policy arena at the state and national levels.
How they do it: NOFA-NY provides educational programs and services that promote sustainable, local, and organic food and farming. Through demonstration and education, they promote land stewardship, organic food production, and local marketing. They bring consumer and farmer together to make high quality food available to all people. NOFA-NY is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors elected by our membership.
Mission: “NOFA-NY is an organization of farmers, gardeners, and consumers working together to create a sustainable regional food system that’s ecologically sound and economically viable. Through demonstration and education, we promote land stewardship, organic food production, and local marketing. We bring consumer and farmer together to make high quality food available to all people.”
Latest project/campaign: Summer 2017 On-Farm Field Days: Farmer to farmer education on farms throughout New York State to provide education and training on issues relevant to organic and sustainable farming; taking place on nearly 20 different farms from June 13-October 13.
Major Funding: Country Folks, Organic Valley, USDA, Local Economies Project, New York State, Rupp Family Foundation
Annual Budget: N/A
Interesting fact about how they are working to positively affect the food system: Their educational programs include conferences, on-farm field days, educational videos and other online tools and resources. Technical assistance for farmers is available at 1-855-2NOFA-NY or FarmerHelp@nofany.org.
Core Programs: Farmer Education and Technical Assistance, Certification for organic operations, Advocacy, Awareness, Marketing, Food Affordability
Number of staff: 30
Number of volunteers: ~25
- New York State
Year Started: 1983
Executive Director: Andrianna Natsoulas
Photo credit: Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York