Overview and Mission

Our Mission

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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.


Our History

Since 1983, NOFA-NY has been serving the organic and sustainable food and farming community. A year later, we became the first organic certifier in New York State. With the arrival of National Organic Standards in 2002, NOFA-NY established separate certification and education functions and offices, while maintaining a cohesive strategy to support the organic farming community. Today, we are New York State’s leading organization providing effective programs and services that promote sustainable, local, organic food and farming. NOFA-NY is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors elected by our membership. NOFA-NY is one of seven northeastern state organizations that work together under the umbrella of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA)—the oldest grassroots organic farming organization in the country!  


Our Programs and Services

Education and Technical Assistance

NOFA-NY offers educational programs and technical assistance throughout the year. We cover a wide range of topics including farming know-how in areas such as fruit and vegetable production, dairy and livestock management, transitioning to organic methods, farm business and marketing techniques, and related areas such as value-added processing. Our educational programs include conferences, on-farm field days, and educational videos and other online tools and resources. Technical assistance for farmers is available at 1-855-2NOFA-NY or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Certification

Our certification branch, NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC, has been accredited by the USDA National Organic Program since 2002. We operate the largest organic certification agency in New York State and certify in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region. In 2015, a 100% grass fed certification also became available to certified organic operations. We take pride in providing quality third party verification and great customer service while maintaining the highest level of organic integrity. Find out more at why choose NOFA-NY for certification and Certification Help.

Advocacy

NOFA-NY advocates for a sustainable, local, organic food and farm system within New York State and beyond. We care about issues impacting the health and wellbeing of our farmers, our communities, our animals, and our environment. Check out our Take Action page for more information on our current areas of focus.

Awareness

NOFA-NY offers printed publications and online resources to keep consumers and farmers up-to-date on the latest news in organic and sustainable food and farming. Subscribe to our eNews, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and check out our Blog. Become a member and receive a free copy of our comprehensive Food and Farm Guide.

Marketing

NOFA-NY cross promotes its members’ products and services through publications, social media platforms, conferences and trade shows. We offer a Farmer’s PledgeTM program to enable consumers to identify farmers using sustainable practices. 


Use of Name and Logo

NOFA-NY’s name and logo may only be used to promote NOFA-NY’s programs or sponsorships, with permission, and may not be altered in any way. NOFA-NY reserves the right to request that a given party cease use of name and logo at any time. If you would like to use the NOFA-NY name or logo, please contact us at (585) 271-1979 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..