About NOFA-NY

Founded in 1983, NOFA-NY is a statewide organization leading a growing movement of farmers, consumers, gardeners, and businesses committed to promoting sustainable, local, organic food and farming. 

We provide education, assistance, and support to regionally-based, sustainable farmers to help them thrive; educate consumers about the value in buying local, organic products; help consumers connect with regionally-based farmers; work to make local, organic food available to all people; and advocate policies that support a sustainable food and farm system.

Our organization promotes the stewardship of the land and the lives that inhabit it.  Stewardship encompasses the long term viability of our natural resource base; the health of consumers; the working conditions of farmers, their families and workers; the needs of communities; and the welfare of farm animals.

NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC
A subsidiary of NOFA-NY, Inc., NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC has been accredited by the USDA since 2002 to provide organic certification for farmers and processors in the United States. NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC is operated in a nonprofit manner and is funded entirely by certification fees. The day-to-day activities of the program are coordinated by paid certification office personnel. NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC certifies a majority of New York State organic farms and processors and has certified entities in CT, PA, Ohio, MA and California. It is one of the oldest certifying bodies in the United States.

NOFA Interstate Council
NOFA-NY is one of seven northeastern state organizational chapters that comprise the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA). The NOFA Interstate Council publishes The Natural Farmer, a quarterly publication featuring technical articles on organic farming, profiles of those in the field, and state chapter news. The state chapters collectively hold an Annual NOFA Summer Conference each August featuring over 150 workshops for farmers, gardeners, homesteaders and consumers.

NOFA-NY Mission Statement
NOFA-NY is an organization of consumers, gardeners, and farmers creating a sustainable regional food system which is ecologically sound and economically viable. Through demonstration and education, we promote land stewardship, organic food production, and local marketing.  NOFA-NY brings consumer and farmer closer together to make high quality food available to all people.

NOFA-NY Inc. is a member-based, non-profit educational organization supported in part by membership donations and individual contributions. NOFA-NY is tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Charitable donations are tax deductible to fullest extend allowable by the IRS.  A copy of our latest annual report may be obtained upon request, from our office or from the Office of the NYS Attorney General, 120 Broadway, Albany, NY 12071.