As most of you know from my many emails, last night marked the last education event of 2021.  We hope that you tuned into some classes, and we thank those of you who signed up for events and supported the cost of the speakers.  We also thank all of the grant funders, NE SARE for Grain, CIG for Soil Health, Drumthwacket and Wells Fargo for Organic Gardening, and our partners Jammin Crepes & Suppers who supported our Farm Tour and Cooking Class. There were many generous donors along the way for example, Mark Bittman, who was our guest at our Fundraising event, and gave his time without charge, for which we are so grateful and Rutgers, who supported many of our workshops with their knowledgeable team. 

Most of all, we thank the farmers in our network who shared their knowledge and time and embodied the spirit that founded NOFA-NJ more than 35 years ago.  Missed an event that you wished you had tuned in for?  We provide a complete list of this year’s events below and the NOFA-NJ You Tube links below.  As the winter weather approaches, we encourage you to enjoy some of the wonderful programming from this year. 

Finally, for those of you who haven’t thanked him yet, please reach out to Tony Kennette to recognize him for driving around the state, filming and editing all of the sessions throughout this year, we would not have survived the pandemic without him!

We do have one more event in 2021, it’s a Fundraising Brunch at North Slope Farm.  For more details, Please register if you can join us.

Monthly Organic Open House (Last Wednesday of the month from 6-8 PM)

April 28th: Early Season Grain Growing

May 26th:Healthy Soil while Reducing Tillage at North Slope, Morganics Family Farm, and Ironbound Farm

June 30th How is it Growing? Disease and Pest ManagementAndy Weyenandt

July 28th Journey Person and Farmer to Farmer Mentorship

September 29th In Person Soil Field Day for CIG Grant at Morganics In Person No Video

October 27th Terminating Cover Crops with a Roller Crimper 

Monthly Grower and Farming Speaker Series (Third Monday of Every Month from 6-7:15PM)

E1. April 19th Growing Mushrooms – Jacob and Ayesha of Noble Mushrooms

E2. May 17th Climate Adaptation Using Growing Degree Days (Part One): Art DeGaetano, Professor Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Director, NOAA Northeast Regional Climate Center

E3. June 21st: Tama Matsuoka Wong, Foraging from 5-7 PM In Person No Video

E4. August 16th: Doug Tallamy, Nature’s Best Hope

E5. September 20th Climate Adaptation Using Growing Degree Days (Part Two): A practical application to New Jersey crops.

E6. October 18th: Sherry Dudas and Jim Kinsel of Honey Brook Organic Farm will share a demonstration pilot for composting of manure, wood chips and leaves on a certified-organic produce farm via Aerated Static Pile (ASP) composting.

Monthly Cooking Class (Second Thursday from 6-7:15 PM) NOFA-NJ, The Suppers Program, and Jammin’ Crepes are working together to offer a Cooking class which celebrates the NJ Organic CSA and seven NJ farms who have a CSA program. Every second Thursday of the month, Tony Kennette will introduce you to another NJ Organic farm, and Kim Rizk of Jammin’ Crepes will cook from the farms CSA box. There is a charge for this event, it is $60 for the whole series or $15/class for members. Proceeds to be shared between NOFA-NJ and Suppers.

E. April 8th: Blue Moon Acres, Jim and Kathy Lyons

E2. May 13th Comeback Farm, Mark Canright, Dean and Emily Buttacavoli,

E3. June 10th Honey Brook Certified Organic Farm, Jim Kinsel and Sherry Dudas

E4. July 8th Jeff’s Organics, Karly Corris and Jeff Lidzbarski

E5. August 12th Ironbound Farm Alec Gioseffi

E6. September 9th Cherry Grove Organic Farm, Chris Thern and Matt Conver

October 14th Genesis Farm, Mike Baki

Monthly Organic Gardening Course (Third Tuesday of Every Month from 6-7:15PM). Taught by Al Johnson of NOFA-NJ and Arianna Lindberg, Instructor of Rutgers, Landscape Architecture, Translation by Kathia Ramirez of CATA. Sponsored Drumthwacket Foundation and hosted at the Drumthwacket Governor’s Mansion.

E1. April 20th Making Raised Beds & Soil Blocks and Growing Transplants, Soil & Bed Preparation, Site & Water Considerations

E2. May 18th Early Crops – Schedule, Direct Seeding,Transplants

E3. June 15nd Pests

E.4 July 20th Extending the Garden into the Fall

E.5 August 17th Later Season Crops

E6. September 21st Fall Crops

E7. October 29 2021 Soil Health, Readying for Winter

Special Events

June 20th Summer Solstice Celebration at North Slope Farm, event is free but please register. In Person No Video

Sunday, May 16th at 7:30 PM, Guest Speaker, Mark Bittman, event is free, but donations are greatly appreciated, 35th anniversary endowment fundraiser.

Chicken Raising with John Lima and Processing with Matt Wilkinson June 5, 2021 In Person No Video

Festomato LateSummer 202: Cherry Grove Farm Featuring Tomatoes!!

Year Round Vegetable Production Two Hour Workshop September 11th Agroforestry with trees and annual crops Saturday September 12th Eric Toensmeier

Special Paw Paw event with Charlie West (In person Event) September 25 2021 and October 2 2021. (Not filmed) But here’s one from the Spring of last year

Annual Winter Conference: Online January 29-30,2022

Tuesday, March 15th, 2022 from 6-7PM NOFA-NJ Annual Meeting

Beginning Farmer Education

Road to Certification January 2021

Exploring the Small Farm Dream Plan for February 2022

Tilling the Soil of Opportunity Winter Coming in 2022

Journey Person Farmer to Farmer Mentoring Begins Winter Coming in 2022

Now, we will take a hiatus until 2022! Please save the date for our Winter Conference, it is the last weekend of January 2022 and we have lots planned, DON’T MISS IT.

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of NJ

386 Rock Road East, Lamberville, NJ 08530 908-371-1111 NOFAINFO@NOFANJ.ORG

Author: Devin