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Our Mission:

The mission of the Northeast Organic Farming Association's Organic Land Care Program (NOFA OLC) is to extend the vision and principles of organic agriculture to the care of the landscapes where people carry out their daily lives.

Organic land care is a sustainable ecological landscaping system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity. It is based on minimal use of off-site inputs and on management practices that restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony and beauty in urban and suburban landscapes and gardens. Organic, in particular, means landscaping with no synthetic pesticides of any kind (insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, etc.) and with no synthetic fertilizers or soil amendments. 

The NOFA OLC Standards further define organic land care as an approach that:

·         Focuses on building healthy soils that reduce the need for watering and fertilizing

·         Increases biodiversity and avoids invasive species

·         Reduces the risk to children and pets from any kind of pesticides

·         Protects water resources from excess nutrients and pesticides

Our program educates professionals and the general public about sustainable organic landscaping and gardening practices that improve the health and well-being of the people and web of life in their care.

NOFA OLC Standards

The Organic Land Care Committee first developed NOFA Standards for Organic Land Care, Practices for Design and Maintenance of Ecological Landscapes in 2001 to present a vision of how organic agricultural principles can be applied to the landscaping profession. Through an education and accreditation program based on these Standards, we hope to make available to the public organic landscaping services that will meet or exceed these standards. We also hope to educate the public about the importance of using standards-based organic landscaping services, because - unlike agriculture - in landscaping there is currently no regulation on using the word “organic.”  The Committee reviews and updates these Standards approximately every three years.