32nd Annual Winter Conference

The Future of New Jersey’s Food System.

January 29-30, 2022 Saturday and Sunday

In observance of the holiday long weekend, NOFA-NJ offices will close on the afternoon of Wednesday, November 24th and reopen Monday, November 29th. 

November is Annual Appeal Month

Please join as we continue the important work to put “the Garden” back in the Garden State and secure a nutritious food supply that creates healthy communities and a healthy planet. Any amount is helpful, you can learn more and donate here.



Exploring the Small Farm Dream

Have you ever thought about starting a farm?  Whether your vision includes making goat cheese, selling cut flowers, or growing rare tomato varieties, this course will give you the tools to start making that dream come true. Whether you are thinking of going into farming full-time, part-time, or expanding an existing hobby farm into a business, this course will help you turn your farm dream into an actionable farm plan. Participants will discuss current opportunities in small-scale agriculture production; explore personal objectives; assess personal and financial resources; conduct preliminary market research; and develop an action plan for pursuing their interests in food and farming. Presentations by established farmers and tours of local farms will help participants explore their ideas. This class does NOT cover technical production skills.Evening classes online from 7-9 pm on February 9, February 16, February 23, and March 2 2022, as well as an optional daytime farm tour, TBA. Tuition is $350.00/person for NOFA-NJ members including all course materials. Tuition for non-members is $400.  Please Register

About the Instructor: Jess Niederer is a 13th-generation farmer in Hopewell, New Jersey. She founded Chickadee Creek Farm in 2010, which quickly grew into a thriving business serving 7 weekly farmers markets through a market CSA. Jess completed a BS in Natural Resources at Cornell, after which she worked in ornithology and disaster response in Nicaragua and New Orleans. She returned to New Jersey in 2008 to apprentice at Honey Brook Organic Farm with the dream of starting her own farm. Jess has been teaching Exploring the Small Farm Dream with NOFA since 2008. Jess was the recipient of the 2016 National Outstanding Young Farmer Award.

NOFA-NJ’s Search for a new Executive Director

Do you have what it takes to be the next Executive Director of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey? Being a leader in the efforts to promote a cleaner greener future is a very important job that we take seriously.





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We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.
- Native American Proverb

Our Goals


Support NJ Organic Farmers by providing technical advice, educational opportunities and social engagement to build community.


Connect our Food Community for the Entire Organic Eco System – Restaurants, Consumers, Farmers, Stores, Markets Businesses, Educators – Urban, Suburban and Rural


Advocate for Organic Certification and Support Organic Management Practices. 



Build the Local Organic Food System, Primarily Nurturing Farms, and Secondarily All Growers, so NJ can provide food for NJ.


Advocate for Policy that Supports Organic Farming