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Through member services, outreach, education, and advocacy, NOFA-NJ is working to see that we become an Organic Garden State.  Education has always been the backbone of NOFA-NJ’s work. We offer educational events that create a space for farmers and gardeners to learn from one another and world recognized experts, build their skill sets, and get new ideas. Now, more than ever, we see the importance of a resilient local food system and the need for a connected, supportive community.

During this crisis, our staff is on the job working remotely because the COVID-19 crisis is creating a sharp spike in demand for our services. At the same time, we are also dealing with a loss of revenue caused by the COVID-19 crisis. That’s why we participating in #GivingTuesdayNow, which is today, May 5th. #GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. We need your help. We realize that many are facing financial hardships, but if you are able, please support our work by making a tax-deductible contribution.  Especially in times of crisis, our work is desperately needed. Your support is appreciated now more than ever. Thank you so much for your support!

*Special Tax Deduction of $300 under CARES Act: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and. Economic Security (CARES) Act allows taxpayers who claim the standard deduction and don’t itemize to deduct $300 in charitable contributions made in 2020.

To support our community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to bring these resources online and offer new programming.  We are moving our educational programming online so that we can continue to provide services to farmers, gardeners, and eaters. There is an unprecedented level of demand for Gardening Courses, Soil Health, Year-Round Growing Knowledge, Safe Food Handling, Basic Consumer Education About: 1) Our Food System, 2) Creative Ways to Cook, and 3) Preserve Fresh Produce and Farm Shares. We’ll be offering a series of roundtables and field days via webinar, marketing assistance by phone and email, and new access to online resources for farming, gardening and organic consumers. Can we count on your support to make this education and programming possible? Help us support organic in New Jersey with a  donation today.

By Supporting NOFA NJ to Grow New Organic Farmers you will be sending more beginning farmers to courses like Intro to Animal Husbandry where attendees learning about goats this past weekend were treated to a special surprise when a goat kid was born! Here Farmer Charlize is seen weighing the newborn while her nervous new mama hovers nearby.