About NOFA Vermont
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.
Learn more about the impact of our programs, and how they are funded.
Click here for the 2012 Annual Report.
NOFA Vermont Board of Directors
Mimi Arnstein,* Marshfield
Farmer, Wellspring Farm CSA
Jennifer Colby, Burlington
Farmer, Howling Wolf Farm and Pasture Network Outreach Coordinator, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Executive Director, Vermont Council for Rural Development
Sona Desai,* Burlington
Manager, Intervale Center Food Hub
Pat Hayes, Enosburg Falls
Retailer and retired dairy farmer
Student Board Representative, UVM
Debra M. Heleba, Burlington
University of Vermont Extension
Andrew Knafel, Shaftsbury
Farmer, Clearbrook Farm
Jack Manix*, E. Dummerston
Farmer, Walker Farm
Farmer, Champlain Orchards and NOFA-VT Farm to Community Mentor
Ross Thurber, Brattleboro
Dairy farmer, Lilac Ridge Farm
Kate Turcotte, Shelburne
Cheese maker, Shelburne Farms
* Board leadership team
- Grow Organic Food
- Market Organic Food
- Find Organic Food