About NOFA Vermont

Our Mission

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont is a nonprofit association of farmers, gardeners, and consumers working to promote an economically viable and ecologically sound Vermont food system for the benefit of current and future generations.

NOFA Vermont was founded in Putney in 1971, making it one of the oldest organic farming associations in the United States. Today, we are proud to have over 1300 members throughout the state and to certify over 580 farms and processors to the USDA National Organic Program Standards. We are passionate about increasing the acreage of certified organic land in Vermont while also increasing the access of local organic food to all Vermonters. All our programs strive to meet these goals, whether it involves working with schools to bring local foods into the cafeteria or providing business planning services to farmers to ensure their businesses stay viable. Whether you are a Vermonter who gardens, farms, eats local food, or enjoys our rural communities, NOFA Vermont welcomes you!

NOFA Vermont Board of Directors

Mimi Arnstein,* Marshfield
Farmer, Wellspring Farm CSA

Sona Desai,* Burlington
Manager, Intervale Center Food Hub

Seth Gardner
Farmer, McKnight Farm

Mara Hearst
Student Board Representative, UVM

Debra M. Heleba, Burlington
University of Vermont Extension

Andrew Knafel,* Shaftsbury
Farmer, Clearbrook Farm

David Marchant
Farmer, Riverberry Farm

Steve Paddock
Coordinator, Small Business Development Center Coordinator; Director, Vermont Tech Enterprise Center

Ross Thurber, Brattleboro
Farmer, Lilac Ridge Farm

Kate Turcotte, Shelburne
Cheese maker, Shelburne Farms

* Board leadership team

Click here for our staff directory. 

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