Category: Farming

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 1, 2020June 1, 2020
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Report on the 2020 National Organic Coalition Fly-in Lobbying, Annual Meeting, and Meeting with USDA National Organic Program Staff from Liz Henderson who Represents NOFA -NY

An important part of NOFA-NY’s policy work has been participating as an active member of the National Organic Coalition (NOC). Liana and Liz take part in NOC’s monthly calls and in the annual meeting and lobbying in DC. With the fly-in being on-line, we could afford to involve more NOFA-NY policy committee members.  Claire Barbato,...

May 8, 2020May 8, 2020
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Beginning Farmer Resources from NOFA & SADC

New and Beginning Farmer Resources – https://www.nj.gov/agriculture/sadc/farmlink/resources/newfarmers.htmlSee for instance: Exploring the Small Farm Dream course (offered by NOFA-NJ (Northeast Organic Farming Association of NJ)) Course description – https://nofanj.org/event/exploring-the-small-farm-dream-2020/ Cornell Small Farms Program online courses and resources – http://smallfarms.cornell.edu/ GrowNYC  – farmer assistance resources – https://www.grownyc.org/farmerassistance and Beginning Farmer Program – https://www.grownyc.org/farmroots/nfd Leasing Farmland Resources – http://www.nj.gov/agriculture/sadc/farmlink/resources/leasing.html NJ Farmland Leasing Guidebook – http://www.nj.gov/agriculture/sadc/farmlink/resources/leaseguide.pdf Lease...

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...

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program
April 28, 2020April 28, 2020
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Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Dear NOFA-NJ Community, Below from our partners at NSAC a communication on the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) The situation: USDA is preparing to distribute $16 billion in direct aid to farmers and ranchers who have experienced financial losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications for the program, called the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, will...

USDA to Purchase Up to $3 Billion in Agricultural Commodities, Issue Solicitations for Interested Participants
April 19, 2020April 24, 2020
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USDA to Purchase Up to $3 Billion in Agricultural Commodities, Issue Solicitations for Interested Participants

This from Erich Bremer, an announcement from the USDA: As part of President Trump and Secretary Perdue’s April 17th announcement of a $19 billion Coronavirus Farm Assistance Program, USDA today announced that it is exercising authority under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to purchase and distribute up to $3 billion of agricultural products to those...

USDA Announces Coronavirus Food Assistance Program
April 18, 2020April 24, 2020
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USDA Announces Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

(Washington, D.C., April 17, 2020) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). This new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program will take several actions to assist farmers, ranchers, and consumers in response to the COVID-19 national emergency. President Trump directed USDA to craft this $19 billion immediate relief...

March 26, 2020April 24, 2020
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This note regarding COVID-19 is from Ryck Suydam President of the Farm Bureau

We write to you in a special blast (memo sent only by electronic communication) to disseminate what we think is a helpful update about the virus situation. This is in addition to our weekly newsletter, website posts and verbal communications from the Farmhouse. In cases where interpretation is needed, these are our best judgements about...