Northeast Organic Farming Association Organic Practices Handbook Series

Project Overview

Project Type: Research and Education
Funds awarded in 2002: $33,014.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2005
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $17,942.00
Region: Northeast
State: Massachusetts
Project Leader:

Annual Reports


  • Agronomic: corn, millet, oats, rye, sorghum (milo), grass (misc. perennial), hay
  • Fruits: melons
  • Vegetables: artichokes, asparagus, beans, beets, broccoli, cabbages, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucurbits, eggplant, garlic, greens (leafy), lentils, onions, parsnips, peas (culinary), peppers, rutabagas, sweet corn, tomatoes, turnips, brussel sprouts
  • Animals: poultry
  • Animal Products: dairy


  • Animal Production: parasite control, grazing - continuous, feed additives, feed formulation, free-range, feed rations, herbal medicines, homeopathy, manure management, mineral supplements, pasture fertility, preventive practices, probiotics, grazing - rotational, housing, stockpiled forages, vaccines, watering systems, winter forage, feed/forage
  • Crop Production: conservation tillage
  • Education and Training: general education and training
  • Farm Business Management: whole farm planning, new enterprise development, budgets/cost and returns, community-supported agriculture, marketing management, feasibility study, market study, value added
  • Natural Resources/Environment: biodiversity, habitat enhancement, indicators, wildlife
  • Pest Management: allelopathy, biological control, disease vectors, field monitoring/scouting, genetic resistance, mulches - killed, mulches - living, mating disruption, physical control, row covers (for pests), sanitation, trap crops, traps, weed ecology
  • Production Systems: agroecosystems, holistic management, permaculture, transitioning to organic
  • Soil Management: earthworms, green manures, organic matter, soil analysis, composting, nutrient mineralization, soil quality/health
  • Sustainable Communities: analysis of personal/family life, community services, employment opportunities, social capital, social networks, social psychological indicators, sustainability measures
    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.