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32nd Annual NOFA-NJ Winter Conference January 29 and 30, 2022

January 29

Please hold the date for NOFA-NJ’s 32nd Annual Winter Conference!

Future of the NJ Organic Farming

Day 1: The Landscape
The first day will take place on January 29th beginning at 8:30AM and ending at 5PM.

  • 8:30-9 Welcome Remarks Nagisa Manabe, Executive Director. Nagisa has been in Marketing and Sales for over 30 years. She has been an executive at Diageo, the United States Postal Service, Coca Cola, Ipsos and Godiva. Presently, she serves as the Executive Director of NOFA-NJ.

  • 9-9:45 Let’s Get Real: Protecting Organic from the Ground Up, Jim Riddle. Jim worked as an organic inspector for 20 years and was founding president of International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA). In 2001, he was appointed to the USDA’s National Organic Standards Board and severs as chair in 2005-2006. He worked for the University of Minnesota as Organic Outreach Coordinator from 2006-2013 and served on the Leadership Team of eOrganic, the National Extension Service’s portal for peer-reviewed organic research. Jim and his wife, Joyce, own Blue Fruit Farm, a 5-acre certified organic perennial fruit farm in MN. They are in the process of retiring and have purchased a lake home in southern New Hampshire. Jim will offer his insights on the true meaning of organic, how it is being undermined, and what can be done to protect organic integrity.

  • 10-10:45 All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life, Winona LaDuke: American economist, environmentalist, writer and industrial hemp grower, known for her work on tribal land claims and preservation, as well as sustainable development; ), about the drive to reclaim tribal land for ownership

  • 11-11:45 Agrobiodiversity conservation politics Garrett Graddy-Lovelace. Associate Professor at the School of International Service of American University, Garrett Graddy-Lovelace researches and teaches global environmental and agricultural policy and agrarian politics. A critical geographer, she draws upon political ecology and decolonial studies to research agricultural biodiversity conservation, agrarian cooperatives, land use decisions, and domestic and global impacts of US farm policies.

  • Noon Lunch Break  and Seed Trialing Proposal from Heron Breen of Fedco

  • 1-1:45 Urban Farming Today, Karen Washington of Rise & Root Farm. Karen Washington has lived in New York City all her life, and has spent decades promoting urban farming as a way for all New Yorkers to access to fresh, locally grown food.
  • 2-2:45 Inflamed. Journeying through the human body – our digestive, endocrine, circulatory, respiratory, reproductive, immune, and nervous systems – Rupa Marya and Raj Patel show how inflammation is connected not just to the food that we eat, the air that we breathe and access to healthcare, but is also linked to the traumatic events we experience and the very model of health that doctors practice: one which takes things apart, rather than seeking to bring ideas and lived experiences together. Raj Patel is a research professor at the University of Texas at Austin’s Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs, a Research Associate at Rhodes University, South Africa, and a member of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems. He is the author of Stuffed and Starved, the New York Times bestselling The Value of Nothing and co-director of the forthcoming documentary The Ants and the Grasshopper.
  • 3-3:45 The Plant Based Food Movement
  • 4-5 Mike Rassweiler leads a famer roundtable discussion about Reimagining Organic Farming in NJ
  • 5-6 Evening Film screening: “Voices from the Barrens,” which documents the involvement of indigenous/native peoples in the blueberry harvest of Maine, Nancy Ghertner, Documentary Film maker

Day 2: A Practical reponse to Climate Change: Adaptation and Mitigation: Agroforestry with trees, berries, and annual crops

Sunday Morning

Half day workshop With Meghan Giroux and Eric Toensmeier of Interlace Commons

Trees and annual crops can be combined in “alley cropping” agroforestry systems. Though it seems like there would be too much shading and competition, if designed and maintained well these systems can produce more than either trees or crops would on their own. They also provide impressive benefits for soil health, pollinator and wildlife habitat, erosion control, carbon sequestration, and water quality. This workshop will review the principles of successful “alley cropping” for cold climates and provide case studies from North America, China, and Europe. These principles include the use of deep-rooted trees, pairing deciduous trees with winter- and cool-season crops, guidelines for row spacing, and management including pruning. Participants will work in small groups in a design exercise to develop simplified agroforestry around a theme like intensive urban farm, timber and field crops, and fruit trees with vegetables.

30 min: introductions and admin

2 hours: presentation

            – overview of alley cropping agroforestry

            – how to maximize benefits and minimize competition

            – layout and design

1 hour: design teams

30 min: design team presentations and closing

Sunday Afternoon

  • Charles West on North American Paw Paws and American Persimmons (Virtual Only)
  • Tom Molnar on Hazelnuts
  • Mark Canright on Organic Orcharding
  • Nate Kleinman Beach Plum Prunus maritima
  • Lee Reich

Member Ticket Price for Full Day Saturday and Sunday Afternoon: $35

Member Ticket Price for Sunday Morning: $25 (Maximum attendees 25)

Non Member Ticket Price for Full Day Saturday and Sunday Afternoon: $50

Non Member Ticket Price for Sunday Morning: $35 (Maximum attendees 25)

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January 29




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