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, 2017September 30, 2017
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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...

Threats to the genetic diversity of chocolate
September 25, 2017September 25, 2017
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Threats to the genetic diversity of chocolate

Imagine a world without chocolate bars, M&Ms, truffles, or chocolate syrup.  A recent article published in the NY Times, delves into the possibility of a chocolate-less world.   Genetic diversity among cultivated cacao is lacking, making the plants susceptible to environmental damage or disease.  Dr. Philips Mora, has spear headed the effort to preserve 1,235...

Monsanto’s Weed Killer Divides Farmers
September 22, 2017September 22, 2017
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Monsanto’s Weed Killer Divides Farmers

Monsanto’s newest release of genetically modified seeds, resistant to the weed killer, Dicamba were planted on 25 million acres of soybean and cotton this year.  Since weeds are becoming resistant to weed killer, chemical companies are developing seeds that are tolerant to more herbicides. Environmentalists and weed scientists are concerned that genetically modified seed will...

NOFA-NJ Check Presentation
September 15, 2017September 15, 2017
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NOFA-NJ Check Presentation

Left to Right: Tony Kennette, Farm Market Manager; Doug Tomson, Committeeman; Bob Wagner, Recreation, Parks, and Social Services Director; Cali Alexander, NOFA-NJ Board Member; Mayor Carl Suraci; and Kate Nelson, NOFA-NJ Office Manager. NOFA-NJ and the Hillsborough Winter Farm Market Donate to the Community Assistance Network On Tuesday, September 12, 2017, The Northeast Organic Farming...

The Next Big Thing In Health Care Reform
September 14, 2017September 14, 2017
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The Next Big Thing In Health Care Reform

This past Sunday, NOFA-NJ and The Suppers Program joined forces to present Sourcing Health Locally, a conference hignlighting the relationships between the healthcare system and the food system.  Doctors and consumers alike are recognizing that what we eat affects how we feel. Some doctors and patients are taking this idea a step further. A new initiative...

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...