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EXPLORING THE SMALL FARM DREAM: FEBRUARY 10, 17, 24, and March 3 2021 7-9 PM
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. There are four evening classes online as well as an optional daytime farm tour, TBA. Tuition is $300.00 for NOFA-NJ members and $350 for NOFA-NJ non-members including all course materials. The instructor is Jess Niederer is a 13th generation farmer in Hopewell, New Jersey. Jess has been teaching this course since 2008. Please Register.
Raising and Processing Chickens
Matt Wilkinson and John Lima will be sharing their knowledge around successfully raising chickens and processing them.
Matt Wilkinson shares his take on existing small-scale poultry keeping and chicken processing laws and how you can make them work for you.
John will be lecturing about the benefits of raising chickens in his session on Rotational Grazing Systems: Using Chickens as Part of a Sustainable System.
This event will be three Tuesday evenings in February 2/16, 2/23, and 3/2 from 6-7PM, and Q&A for :30 to follow. Matt will also offer an in-person hands on event, timing TBA depending on COVID.
NOFA-NJ Annual Meeting
We are pleased to announce that our speaker will be Abby Youngblood, the Executive Director at the National Organic Coalition (NOC), an alliance of farmers, ranchers, environmental and consumer advocacy organizations, and companies dedicated to protecting organic integrity. She plans to share some of the key challenges we face in protecting the integrity of the USDA organic seal and growing organic agriculture. She will highlight opportunities we have with the new administration to advance organic and close loopholes to strengthen the organic program. Finally, she will talk about how NOFA-NJ members can advocate with their Congressional delegation and the USDA to create a stronger, more equitable, and more resilient food system and generate wins for organic farming in 2021 and beyond.
The event is free, but please register to get the link.
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced the names of individuals who will hold senior staff positions in Washington, D.C. Anne Knapke was named Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations. Most recently, Knapke was a Senior Program Officer...
Learned about this The Cucurbit Downy Mildew Forecast at the Organic Growers advisory today. Thanks Meredith, Andy Wyenandt, and Kris Holmstrom. Meredith and Andy also reminded us to tune in for the NJ Agriculture Convention from Feb 22-25, 2021. General vegetable...
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