Category: News

Pest Advisory: Spotted Lanternfly
October 10, 2017October 10, 2017
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Pest Advisory: Spotted Lanternfly

New Jersey is preparing for an invasion of a tree-killing pest, the spotted lanternfly.  The spotted lanternfly hails from Asia, where natural predators keep the insect at bay.  Discovered in  Berks County, Pennsylvania in 2014 the insect attacks as many as 70 tree and plant species including fruit trees and hardwoods.  The insect has now...

Ben & Jerry’s Supports Improvement of Dairy Worker’s Conditions
October 6, 2017October 6, 2017
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Ben & Jerry’s Supports Improvement of Dairy Worker’s Conditions

This past Tuesday, ice-cream maker Ben & Jerry’s signed an agreement with Migrant Justice to ensure standards of labor and enforcement strategies at the companies’ Vermont dairy suppliers. Migrant Justice had surveyed Vermont dairies in 2014 and recognized the deplorable conditions migrant workers were faced with. Many worker had substandard housing, schedules that only allowed...

Keeping Backyard Chickens
September 30, 2017April 27, 2020
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Keeping Backyard Chickens

A new ordinance passed in Eatontown, NJ allows residence to keep 5 chickens in their backyard lot of at least 5,000 square feet.  An additional chicken can be kept for every additional 1,000 square feet.  The maximum number of chickens is 12 for 12,000 square feet. Residents of Eatontown interested in keeping backyard chickens must...

Celebrate Farmer’s Market week
August 7, 2017August 7, 2017
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Celebrate Farmer’s Market week

August 6-12 is National Farmer’s Market week! Wendell Berry said it best: “Eating is an agricultural act.” With every bite, we can boost the local economy, gain the most nutrition, and help the environment.  What an easy way to make a world of difference! Read more about the benefits of buying at farmer’m markets here: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/local/gray-matters/article/Why-you-should-buy-your-food-from-farmers-markets-11263648.php Find...

Reduction of Food Waste by 50%
August 3, 2017August 3, 2017
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Reduction of Food Waste by 50%

By 2030, New Jersey looks to cut food waste by half. This will reduce methane emissions from dumps, thus lowering the amount of greenhouse gases contributing to climate change.  The state plans to use waste-to-energy facilities to power 2.5 million homes a year.  What about bringing some of that waste to local farmers to use as compost? Read More:...

Can’t find Jersey-fresh organic blueberries?
August 1, 2017August 1, 2017
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Can’t find Jersey-fresh organic blueberries?

A century after it was cultivated, New Jersey is now in the top 10 blueberry-growing states in the nation, but locally grown organic can still be hard to find. Source: Can’t find Jersey-fresh organic blueberries? Here’s why | NJ.com

4-Science Backed Reasons for Eating Organic
July 27, 2017July 27, 2017
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4-Science Backed Reasons for Eating Organic

The main issue of buying organic is the cost versus environmental & health benefits.  How can we, as consumers find a balance? What products are better to buy organic? This article may help with answering these questions. Read More: http://time.com/4871915/health-benefits-organic-food/  

Local veggies delivered with one click – CNN.com
July 25, 2017July 25, 2017
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Local veggies delivered with one click – CNN.com

Who would have thought, online shopping for produce!? Let’s bring this up north- to New Jersey! As Amazon gets into the food business with the planned purchase of Whole Foods, there’s a quiet, local food revolution that’s been simmering on the back burner. Source: Local veggies delivered with one click – CNN.com

German Nonprofit Creates New Open Source License for Seeds
July 4, 2017July 4, 2017
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German Nonprofit Creates New Open Source License for Seeds

The nonprofit OpenSourceSeeds based in the German town of Marburg has just launched a licensing process for open-source seeds, to create a new repository of genetic material that can be accessed by farmers around the world, in perpetuity. Source: German Nonprofit Creates New Open Source License for Seeds