Category: News

Whole Foods Amazon Merger
August 31, 2017August 31, 2017
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Whole Foods Amazon Merger

The recent merger between Whole Foods and Amazon has slashed prices for organic and sustainably-sourced goods sold at the grocery chain. This changes the face of grocery shopping and the next logical step is online shopping.  But what does the Whole Foods and Amazon merger mean for the small farm trying to compete? Retail markets offer consumers convenience and lower prices...

Value-Added Producer Grants in New Jersey
August 29, 2017August 29, 2017
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Value-Added Producer Grants in New Jersey

Agricultural producers including farmer-or-rancher cooperatives and producer-based business ventures may apply for the Value-Added Producer Grant offered by the USDA.  The goal of this program is to generate new products, create and expand marketing opportunities, and expand producer income. Beginning farmers or ranchers, disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, small family farms and ranches, or those proposing...

“NJ takes steps to keep farmland in the family” from NJTV
August 24, 2017August 24, 2017
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“NJ takes steps to keep farmland in the family” from NJTV

Recently aired on NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams “NJ takes steps to keep farmland in the family”; was an upbeat story of a family-owned and operated farm in Frenchtown, NJ.  Ryan and Kim Kocsis were growing hay and straw on 160 acres of leased land.  They dreamed of owning the property but needed to raise $1.7 million dollars...

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