Category: Consumer

Why is Organic Produce More Expensive?
July 23, 2020July 23, 2020
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Why is Organic Produce More Expensive?

Reasons organic food is so expensive 1. No chemicals = more laborThe Organic Farming Research Foundation explained it well: “The organic price tag more closely reflects the true cost of growing the food: substituting labor and intensive management for chemicals, the health and environmental costs of which are borne by society.”2. Demand overwhelms supplyRetail sales...

NJ Farms, Donations, Volunteers and Food Security
July 10, 2020July 10, 2020
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NJ Farms, Donations, Volunteers and Food Security

NOFA- NJ  wants to recognize and celebrate our New Jersey farmers, the volunteers and supporters of the following organizations.  Farmers sometimes grow crops specifically for donation to Food Pantry’s and sometimes volunteers glean crops to gather extra bounty.  Sometimes farmers have extra produce that isn’t sold, and Community Organizations will collect the Produce, and distribute it...

June 23, 2020June 25, 2020
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Organic Open House on June 24th

Organic Marketing in the World of Covid-19 North Slope Farm and NOFA-NJ co-host an Organic Open House and we are trying to use these to encourage farmer discussions on current topics. The June 24th Open House will feature guest speakers and roundtable discussions on the topics of Internet Marketing of Farm Produce, Direct to Consumer Delivery and...

June 2, 2020June 2, 2020
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Rutgers Community Garden Lunch and Learn Series

Rutgers Cooperative Extension announces its webinar series “Community Garden Lunch andLearn”. This series will help gardeners and garden managers meet the challenges of communitygardening during this 2020 growing season by learning strategies for growing great tastingvegetables and fruits while protecting the safety of fellow gardeners.Join us every Wednesday, starting May 27, online at noon to...

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...