BENEFITING: BATTLEGREEN RUN FOUNDATION INC
ORGANIZER: BATTLEGREEN RUN FOUNDATION INC
EVENT DATE: Nov 06, 2016
How NOFA/Mass Changed My Life and Yours Too
Thanks for visiting my Crowdrise page for NOFA/Mass. Those of you who know me well know that I have a hard time asking for things; though I have gotten better at it recently, it remains an uncomfortable feeling for me.
Nevertheless, I'm pushing through that feeling in order to ask you to consider donating to NOFA/Mass.
NOFA/Mass has transformed my life, and it has transformed yours, though you probably didn't know that. NOFA state chapters (and NOFA/Mass in particular, as the largest chapter) have consistently pushed farmers to be more ethical, more environmentally sustainable (and regenerative) and to grow healthier, more nutrient-dense food, for over 40 years. In the beginning, they helped to create the organic food movement. Then, they were early certifiers. When organic food became federally regulated, they stopped certifying so that they could independently safeguard organic integrity from outside of the federal government. They have been organizing grassroots-based skillsharing, learning, and advocacy around food production, food safety and food policy in this country for decades. If you enjoyed local organic tomatoes from a CSA or at a farmer's market in the northeast this summer, it is, in part, because of NOFA. If you enjoyed swimming in a river, lake or pond that is free of pollution, because the farms that share the watershed use less or no agricultural chemicals, it is in part because of NOFA.
NOFA/Mass will never stop pushing consumers, the government, and farmers to take better care of the environment and the people who live in it, and NOFA's role has never been more crucial than today.
Recently we passed the 400 ppm mark for carbon in the atmosphere. Remember, it's 350ppm that is considered a safe level for the continuation of life on earth. At this rate, even if all emissions stop, global temperatures will continue to rise. In order to maintain an atmosphere that is safe for life on earth's surface, we need to not only stop emitting greenhouse gasses-- we need to sequester carbon back into the earth's soils. Agricultural soil is considered by most scientists to be the quickest and most efficient carbon sink. (A quick google search will provide ample coverage of this topic, from Yale to Rodale Institute, the U.N., Mother Earth News, The New York Times, and more). In fact, many scientists have concluded that 50% of the carbon in agricultural soils across the globe has been lost to the atmosphere due to tillage, chemical applications, and other common modern agricultural methods. The good news is, through management changes, farmers can put carbon *back* into their soils. Australia and France have both instituted national programs to encourage farmers to sequester more carbon in their soil. In the US, however, little is being done. NOFA, however, is putting substantial organizational resources into training farmers locally in methods for sequestering soil. In fact, NOFA/Mass has received international accolades for publishing a white paper which has been translated into many languages and distributed across the globe. For more on our carbon farming efforts, please visit: http://www.nofamass.org/carbon.
We are also working hard on improving healthy food access in cities by partnering with urban farming efforts to improve the quality of urban soil and the management practices on urban farm sites and community gardens. And, as always, we continue to bring the voice of organic farmers to legislative efforts such as the Food Safety Modernization Act, the GMO Labeling Campaign, Raw Milk, and other issues. We continue to train new farmers (such as myself) organize state and region-wide education events that bring together farmers, gardeners, academics, orchardists and land managers to share skills and resources.
Please consider donating to this incredibly important work.