Northeast Organic Farming Association of NY (NOFA-NY)

Long Island Grower's Group 

Please join us to learn about gardening and farming without chemicals, at one of our many annual events. Members and non-members are welcome, if you would like to join we will have membership forms at every event. SCROLL DOWN to see our 2009 Calendar of Events

For more information about NOFA-NY statewide organization or to become a member, CLICK HERE or go to

LI Growers Group (Chapter) Officers:

President: Eve Kaplan-Walbrecht, Garden of Eve -

Vice-President: Mick Mackinajian, Mackinajian Farm -

Secretary: Caroline Fanning, Restoration Farm -

Treasurer: Adele Mueller -

Collective Buying Network:

Some growers graciously volunteer to help organize group purchasing for some products, in order to save on costs, shipping, etc. This network is very informal and you may or may not be able to join in on these orders. Orders are placed only once a year in most cases, usually in the winter or very early spring (Feb-March). You will always need to pick up your order from the farm to which it is delivered. Please contact the following people if you are interested in buying quantities of the following types of farm products:

Fertilizer Coordinator (from Purdue):

North Fork - Fred Lee, Sang Lee Farms -;

South Fork – Larry Halsey, Green Thumb - (631) 807-9453

Fertilizer Coordinator (from McGeary Organics):

Sean Pilger, Hamlet Organic Garden -

Potting Soil/Compost (from McEnroe Organic):

Matt Kurek/James Russo, Golden Earthworm Farm -

Seed Potatoes (from Moose Tubers and Maine Potato Lady)

North Fork: Matt Kurek, Golden Earthworm Farm;

South Fork – Scott Chaskey, Quail Hill -

Garlic (August’s Harvest):

Matt Kurek, Golden Earthworm Farm;

Ready-to-lay Pullets and Certified Organic Feed:

Chris Kaplan-Walbrecht, Garden of Eve -

2009 Calendar of Events

Date Event Details
Sunday May 17 ,  2-4pm Organic Gardening & Companion Planting at Biophilia Farm (NOFA-NY)

The first in the 2009 Field Day series, sponsored by the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY) Long Island Grower's Group.

Biophilia Farm, 211 Manor Lane, Jamesport, NY. Rain or Shine. No RSVP necessary. Biophilia Farm and grower Phil Barbato are entering their eighth season farming organically on Phil's 14-acre farm in Jamesport. He grows a diverse range of vegetables, herbs and flowers as well as  Christmas trees, run a small CSA (community-supported agriculture), a self-service farmstand and farmers markets. Come see how Phil is able to keep his plants healthy and happy through organic techniques and companion planting!

$5 NOFA members, $15 non-members.


July 20,

5-7 pm

Organic Berry Growing and Farm Tour, followed by Potluck BBQ & Long Island Growers Group meeting of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA-NY)

2009 Field Day series, sponsored by the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY) Long Island Grower's Group.

Makinajian Farm, 276 Cuba Hill Rd, Huntington, is a diverse, 4 acre certified organic farm, one of the last working farms in Huntington. Two generations of the Makinajian family work together growing organic blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, cut flowers, and a wide range of vegetables and herbs, as well as laying hens and meat birds for their retail store located on the farm. Join the NOFA Long Island Chapter afterwards as we enjoy Makinajian Farm's own rotisserie chickens and elect Chapter officers for 2008-2009.  Please bring a potluck dish to share.  $5 NOFA members, $15 non-members.


DIRECTIONS:  From the west, take the LIE to Exit 51 or Northern State Parkway East to exit 42N to Deer Park Ave (Rte 231). Head North and bare right when road splits to stay on Deer Park Rd. Road merges onto Jericho Turnpike (25E). At first traffic light turn left onto Elwood Rd (CR-10). Second traffic light on Elwood, turn left onto Cuba Hill Rd. The farm is about a quarter mile on left.

Sunday Aug 9, 11am-1pm

Preserve Your Harvest Through Canning!

NOFA-NY Long Island Grower's Group Field Day

Learn simple ways to enjoy the fruits of your labor all year long. Chef Melissa Rebholz from Garden of Eve Organic Farm and Leah Loizos of Cornell Cooperative Extension will discuss pressure canning, using a simple water bath, and food safety issues involved in the process.

While we talk we’ll cook up a batch of fresh fruit jam and together help preserve it. Everyone will get to take home a jar, as well as simple and tasty recipes for jams and sauces. Rain or Shine.

Cornell Cooperative Extension, First Floor Meeting Room, 423 Griffing Ave, Riverhead. RSVP required to $10 NOFA members, $20 non-members (includes $10 materials fee).

Tuesday Sept 1,      4-6pm 

Mustard Cover Crops for Control of Soil-borne Diseases

NOFA-NY Long Island Grower's Group Field Day

Join Plant Pathologist, Meg McGrath and Vegetable Specialist, Sandy Menasha for a tour of research plots where mustard cover crops are being grown as an alternative to pesticides in managing weeds, improving soil health, and combating soil-borne diseases in strawberries, root crops, and potatoes.

Come see different mustard cover crops species growing and view their positive effects! No RSVP necessary. Rain or Shine. Long Island Horticulture Research and Extension Center, 3059 Sound Avenue, Riverhead. FREE

September 26 & 27, Sat-Sun. 10am-6pm Long Island Garlic Festival What can we say? A great time. Enter our Garlic Cookoff! Check out the website for more details. $2 admission; kids under 6 free.

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