Category: Consumer

Sowing seeds of happiness: Emotional well-being while home gardening similar to other popular activities, study finds
May 17, 2020May 17, 2020
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Sowing seeds of happiness: Emotional well-being while home gardening similar to other popular activities, study finds

As civic leaders and urban planners work to make cities more sustainable and livable by investing in outdoor spaces and recreational activities such as biking and walking, Princeton researchers have identified the benefit of an activity largely overlooked by policymakers — home gardening. The researchers found that, across the study’s population, the level of emotional well-being,...

Eating organic foods could have benefits for one’s health
May 17, 2020May 17, 2020
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Eating organic foods could have benefits for one’s health

Organic foods are those grown without synthetic pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers, as well as other materials such as hormones, antibiotics and genetically modified organisms – all of which are used in conventional agriculture. Organic farming practices include the use of cover crops, manures and crop rotations to fertilize the soil, maximize biological activity and maintain long-term soil health....

How We Evolve to Respond to Life after the Stay at Home Orders
April 30, 2020April 30, 2020
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How We Evolve to Respond to Life after the Stay at Home Orders

At the beginning of this year, I took over the position of Executive Director of Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey. Over the past several weeks, our farming network has experienced an unprecedented surge in consumer demand driven by public concerns about the safety of the fresh produce supply chain, supply of eggs and...

April 3, 2020April 24, 2020
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NOFA Webinar Announcements

Hello everyone. We hope this email finds you well.  Sorry for the late notice, but below please find several excellent webinars offered by NOFA NY and Cornell, free of charge. Friday 4/3 at 10AM EST – COVID-19 and Your Produce Farm Webinar, led by Richard Stup, PhD, Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development and Elizabeth Bihn, PhD, Director of Produce...

March 26, 2020April 24, 2020
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How You Can Support Restaurants, Farmers, and Workers During COVID-19

This note from Danielle Nirenberg at Food Tank. Dear Friend, Good morning from my home office in Baltimore, MD! As I wrote to you last week, like so many of you, I’m grounded. Hunkering down with my husband and trying to stay calm and healthy — and I hope you, your friends, and your loved...

March 16, 2020April 24, 2020
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Why Organic?

The current pandemic shines a light on the importance of a resilient, local, food system.  So, for all of you who are our best spokespeople for organic in the Garden State, we share this reminder.   Why Support Organic?  Organic agriculture helps to protect the environment. Organic farming uses practices that build the soil, and healthy soil grows...

August 26, 2019April 27, 2020
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UNDERSTANDING ORGANIC FARMING – SEVEN POINTS by Eliot Coleman

1. Real organic farming is based on the creation and maintenance of a biologically active fertile soil. 2. Organic farming succeeds because of the benefits derived from that fertile soil. Successful production of pest-free plants and animals with active immune systems is a direct outcome of farming a biologically active fertile soil that scientific studies...