Education Committee

Committee Purpose

The Education Committee carries a broad responsibility, from brainstorming programming ideas, to collecting suggestions for future speakers and activating volunteers to assist with hosting workshops and gatherings.  With over thirty years of actively fostering educational opportunities, NOFA NJ always needs interested committee members to assess and consider the effectiveness of our Programming. 

We have developed Education “Tracks” e.g. Beginning Farmer, Advanced Farming and Gardener Tracks, to help folks decide if the workshop is appropriate to their interests.  The Committee also assesses if our programming is reaching the audience it is intended for, and do we have enough programming to reach all the Audiences that we can.  Some of the Educational Focus NOFA NJ has sustained over the years are below:

  • On-Farm Workshops / Twilight Meetings
  • Special Classes such as Organic Land Care, Exploring the Small Farm Dream, Road to Certification, Tractor Maintenance and Organic Gardening Course.
  • Journey Person Program
  • Book Club
  • Public Movies on Organic Ag topics
  • Fielding technical questions from the public.

More recently, NOFA NJ has added a Monthly Organic Open House, the last Wednesday of each month, to provide a space for our community to Gather around a specific topic, guest or just to have a reason to stay connected or bring new members into the conversations.

 

Resources & Links

Session 1: Loving and Cooking with your CSA

Session 1: Loving and Cooking with your CSA

Monthly Meet the Farmer/CSA and Cooking Class (Second Thursday from 6-7:15PM)  Kim's Dishes and Recipes for Session 1: Blue Moon Acres Nigella seed and sushi rice pilaf served with braised baby bok choi and grilled pineapple salsa Beet pickled turnips, radish, green...

NJ Urban Agriculture Open House

NJ Urban Agriculture Open House

Organic Farming in NJ, provides safe food and a positive appreciation for the environment. To learn more, meet Allen Shelton and the Sweet Root Youths, and Community Partners, Bitnari Kim, Urban Ag. Coordinator of Isles Inc, in Trenton, Jay Watson, sharing stories of...

Winter Conference 2021

Winter Conference 2021

NOFA-NJ Completed our first Virtual Winter Conference this past week, on Saturday and Sunday, January 30th and 31st.  We had over 350 people register, and average attendance of 170 per session.  There were so many amazing speakers and highlights of the two days. ...

Growing Hemp in NJ

Growing Hemp in NJ

Thanks to Steve Komar, Bill Bamka, and Scott Morgan for speaking about Hemp in NJ on a Friday night! USDA published a final rule on January 15, 2021, that provides  regulations for the production of hemp in the United States and is effective on March 22, 2021. The...