Organizational Sign-On in support of the Mass. Healthy Soils Bill
Along with several allied organizations, NOFA/Mass helped to draft a bill that would go a long way toward healthier soils and revitalized farms. Originally filed by Senator Jo Comerford and Rep. Paul Schmid III, the bill was passed from the Agriculture Committee on November 12th, 2019 and was redrafted with a new title and number: “An Act promoting healthy soils for reducing greenhouse gases and the effects of climate change in the Commonwealth” (S.2404, formerly S.438/H.873), filed by Senator Jo Comerford and Rep. Paul Schmid III).

Under the bill, the Healthy Soils Program will bolster the use of healthy soils practices by private and public land owners, including commercial farmers, and provide assistance such as grants, technical assistance or education on the benefits and implementation of health soils best practices.

The bill gives the program a three-fold purpose:

(1) improve soil quality on lands utilized for commercial farming; suburban and urban lawns, yards and gardens; public and private forests, parks and other open or green spaces; and non-paved outdoor areas of office complexes, mixed use facilities, businesses, industries, and colleges and other institutions;

(2) increase carbon sequestration or storage on such lands, to help reduce harmful atmospheric greenhouse gases and the effects of climate change;

(3) provide other benefits related to climate change, plant growth, erosion control and water absorption and quality.

The full text of the bill can be viewed here: https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/S2404

As of November 12, 2019, the bill is now before the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

The Healthy Soils Bill has the support of 75 legislative cosponsors (that’s more than 37% of the legislature).

Demonstrating a broad and diverse coalition of support from organizations, farms and businesses across the Commonwealth will help legislators prioritize this bill for passage this session.

Please use this form to add the name of your farm/business/organization to the list of endorsing organizations.

Please email marty@nofamass.org with any questions.

"An Act promoting healthy soils for reducing greenhouse gases and the effects of climate change in the Commonwealth” (S.2404, formerly S.438/H.873

350 Lowell node
American Farmland Trust
Berkshire Grown
Biodiversity for a Liveable Climate
Bionutrient Food Association
Boston Catholic Climate Movement
Central Mass Grown
CISA - Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA)
Climate Action Business Association
Conservation Law Foundation
Cooper Shop Farm
Earthjustice
Elders Climate Action Massachusetts
Endever Agriculture Group, LLC
Find the Good and Braise It
Franklin County CDC
Grow Food Northampton
HealthLink
Island Grown Initiative
Lexington Community Farm Coalition
Long Life Farm
Mass Assoc. of Conservation Districts
Mass. Audubon
Mass. Farm Bureau Federation
Mass. Food System Collaborative
Massachusetts Forest Alliance
Massachusetts Rivers Alliance
Massachusetts Sierra Club
Mothers Out Front
Mystic River Watershed Association
New England Farmers Union
New England Small Farm Institute
Ocean River Institute
Pioneer Valley Biochar Initiative ( PVBI ), South Meadow Farm & Research Center
Regeneration Massachusetts
Shared Harvest CSA
Soil4Climate
South Meadow Farm & Research Center
Sustainable Business Network
The Carrot Project
The Garden Artist
The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts
The Trustees
Western Mass. Climate Action Now
Wright-Locke Farm


(list updated 12/5/19 at 1:50 PM)

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Are you willing/able to submit written testimony to the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture in favor of the Healthy Soils Bill?
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