Virtual Vendors

2021 NOFA Virtual Vendor Marketplace


Massachusetts Dept. of Agricultural Resources (MDAR)

MDAR

Check out MDAR’s vendor session in the conference program book, where MDAR reviews the new farmer-to-farmer/business-to-business MassGrown Exchange platform – list something for sale or list something you are looking for, The MassGrown Exchange has many options and benefits for you! We also offer updates on the Massgrown Map, MDAR programs, yearly grant opportunities, the Organic Cost Share Program, as well as other updates.

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Earth Care Farm

In 1977, Michael Merner had an epiphany while standing in the home garden on his small farm; “Living soil is the foundation of our wellbeing. A nourishing soil produces healthy plants, which leads to healthy animals, people and a sustainable planet.” Mike began making compost soon after that realization. Forty-three years later, Mike and his wife still live and advise on the farm that their daughter, Jayne Merner Senecal, owns and manages (with lots of help from the family and dedicated staff)!   As the first and largest composter in Rhode Island, the farm transforms hundreds of tons of materials per year into rich compost for gardens across New England.

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Taproot Threads

Use code NOFA2021 for 10% off orders over $24
Taproot Threads is a tiny apparel company based in Greenfield, MA offering original, hand-drawn botanical, nature and “punny” designs printed on ethically sourced apparel for adults, children and babies.  We hand-print our clothing using environmentally responsible water-based inks, and many garments are organic/ recycled.   All artwork is hand-drawn by owners Carol Michelfelder and Philip Garrison.

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The Center for EcoTechnology

The Center for EcoTechnology helps people and businesses save energy and reduce waste. We work with partners throughout the country to address climate change by transforming the way we live and work – for a better community, economy, and environment. We make green make sense.

Mass Farm Energy Program:

We offer a range of services to the farming community to reduce energy use and produce renewable energy that focus on bringing projects from concept to completion. For more comprehensive information about farm energy efficiency programs, visit the Massachusetts Farm Energy Program or call us now at 413-727-3090.     

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Treffler Organic Machines

Treffler-Man@Machine is official importer for Treffler Organic Machines to the USA and Canada. World-wide we work together with farmers to promote machinery for better farming practices. Our goal is to bring smart Treffler technology to everyone, farmers should have equal opportunities. Whether you choose a machine from the hand drawn TINY Treffler series or one of the larger machines, Treffler technology stands for good farming practices, for all farmers great and small. 

When it comes to mechanical weed control, the Treffler harrow is a different category of machine: superb in its simplicity, perfect flexibility, light-weight for little compaction, an environmental people friendly ag machine. The Treffler TS Precision harrows for in Row Harrowing is designed to manage early emerging weeds in your vegetable, herb and field crops. Treffler offers the widest adjustable tension range on the market and our tines always follow the contour of your field, ridge, hill, or raised bed guaranteeing that your field will be worked evenly. Our Treffler cultivators are designed for an 1inch 100% cut of cover crops, for minimal soil disturbance. The art of harrowing and shallow cultivation supports better soils and crops, people friendly agriculture for healthy people.

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USDA NRCS

USDA NRCS

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is a federal agency that helps farmers and forest landowners conserve soil, water, air and other natural resources.  

NRCS conservationists can provide technical assistance and help organic producers develop a conservation plan that meets their goals. Financial assistance to implement elements of the plan may be available, as well. 

Financial assistance is offered through programs authorized under the federal Farm Bill. NRCS also provides incentives to landowners to put wetlands, agricultural land, grasslands and forests under long-term easements. All programs are voluntary. 

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Douglas Calnan, Ameriprise Financial Services—Socially Conscious Wealth Management

As a Financial Advisor, Managing Director at Ameriprise Financial Services who has concentrated in working with clients in the area of sustainable and responsible wealth management for over 30 years, I am committed to listening to my clients. I strive to be someone you will feel comfortable speaking with.

I will share my financial knowledge and professional experience in order to provide you with understandable strategies that address all types of financial needs through all phases of your life. You can feel confident that the advice I provide will have factored in your personal dreams, goals and values.

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High Mowing Organic Seeds

High Mowing Seeds

Use code 21SUMMER for 10% orders over $100 (1 use per person, expires 9/15/2021)
At High Mowing, we believe in re-imagining what our world can be like. We believe in a deeper understanding of how re-built food systems can support health on all levels – healthy environments, economies, communities and bodies. We believe in a future based on better stewardship of our planet and we are eager to build that future in community with our skilled and resilient growers, one organic seed at a time.

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Farm Credit East

Farm Credit East
 
Farm Credit East is a farmer-owned credit and financial services cooperative serving farmers, agribusinesses and rural homeowners across the Northeast. For more than 100 years, we have provided specialized loans and leases for agricultural businesses as well as ag-specific services, such as payroll processing, record keeping, tax preparations and planning, estate and transition planning, and more. We also have programs for young, beginning, small and veteran farmers. Farm Credit East’s Country Living program provides financing for land and rural homes. To learn more, visit FarmCreditEast.com or contact chris.laughton@farmcrediteast.com.
 
 

Forager

Forager Logo

Forager is a mission-based technology company with the goal of making locally-sourced food more widely available to all. Inspired by the strong agricultural heritage of our home state of Maine and the vibrant local food community there, we’ve digitized the local supply chain to bring the health, environmental, and economic benefits of local food to everyone. Our web-based platform removes the cost and friction of local procurement by managing all the day-to-day activities associated with direct, local buying and centralizes activities such as communicating with suppliers, browsing product lists and order guides, placing orders, and connecting buyers with a marketplace of new local suppliers.

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Fedco Seeds

Fedco provides cold-hardy varieties shipped in season, and gardening supplies year-round. We’re a one stop shop for organic growers! We offer vegetable, flower, and herb seeds (including many heirloom and organic varieties), seed garlic, seed potatoes, cover crop seed, grain seed, pasture seed, onion plants, sweet potato slips, planting stock for ginger and turmeric, fruit trees (including many heritage varieties), berries, grapes, garden perennials, ornamental trees and shrubs, medicinal herbs, a broad selection of flower bulbs, organic pest control products, organic soil amendments, garden fabrics, irrigation equipment, gardening tools, and more.

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Grower’s Discount Labels

New customers use code NOFASC2021-10 for $10 off (expires 12/31/2021)
Since 1989, Grower’s Discount Labels has been providing graphic design solutions and high quality labels at a discounted price, with personal service at every step. Freezer-grade adhesives for meats and poultry, economical 4-color digital printing and laminated protection are just a few of the many options available. Our goal is to make the process as simple and successful as possible. Check out our home page for general information, then go to our Quote Request Form to get started. Contact: 1-800-693-1572 or info@growersdiscountlabels.com

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Massachusetts Farm to School

Massachusetts Farm to School is a statewide organization aimed at strengthening local farms and fisheries and promoting healthy communities by increasing local food purchasing and education at schools. Schools increasingly want to purchase locally grown products.  They can be reliable customers who pay their bills and promote your farm in the cafeteria.  We can help you connect with schools that are interested in buying local products and provide information about this market. 

Make sure you are listed in our local food producer directory (http://bit.ly/MFTS-FarmDirectoryForm) or contact us for more information:  lisa@massfarmtoschool.org

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Legal Food Hub

Legal Food Hub

The Legal Food Hub connects eligible farmers to free attorneys who can assist with a variety of legal issues. Leasing land, employee questions, purchase and sale agreements, and entity formations are just a few of the legal matters we often address. Please visit our website for additional details. Please also visit our resource library for answers to common legal questions.

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Trillium Asset Management

Trillium Asset Management offers investment strategies and services that advance humankind towards a global sustainable economy, a just society, and a better world. For nearly 40 years, the firm has been at the forefront of ESG thought leadership and draws from decades of experience focused exclusively on responsible investing. Trillium uses a holistic, fully integrated fundamental investment process to uncover compelling long-term investment opportunities. Devoted to aligning stakeholders’ values and objectives, Trillium combines impactful investment solutions with active ownership. The firm delivers equity, fixed income, and alternative investments to institutions, intermediaries, high net worth individuals, and other charitable and non-profit organizations with the goal to provide positive impact, long-term value, and ‘social dividends’.

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Are you a beginning or established farmer with  questions and ideas about your operation, but unsure of where to turn for support and input? Farm Aid can help point you in the right direction! Our Farmer Resource Network includes organizations around the country staffed with farm advocates, technical assistance experts, business and finance coaches, counselors and hotline operators that can help connect you with the information and resources you need. Reach out online or give us a call at 1-800-FARM-AID to learn what resources are available to address your unique needs.